'Step Up' Turns 10! Celebrate With a Look Back at Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan's Cutest Moments
By Desiree Murphy
It's hard to believe it's been an entire decade since Step Up, the romantic dance movie that introduced the world to Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan-Tatum, first hit theaters.
Since its debut on Aug. 11, 2006, the film was followed up with four sequels -- Step Up 2: The Streets, Step Up 3D, Step Up Revolution and Step Up: All In -- but none compared to the original love story of hip-hop heartthrob Tyler Gage (Channing) and contemporary dancer Nora Clark (Jenna).
Had it not been for this now-iconic movie, Hollywood's hottest dance couple may have never met. Channing, 36, and Jenna, 35, first locked eyes on set, and officially took their onscreen romance off-screen shortly after filming wrapped. The two said "I do" at the Church Estate Vineyards in Malibu, California, in July 2009, and are now parents to a 3-year-old daughter, Everly.
In celebration of the movie's 10-year-anniversary, we've rounded up Channing and Jenna's most adorable moments in the film, during interviews, at celebrations and on the red carpet. Check 'em out below!
1. Dancing by the water
It doesn't get any more beautiful than this! Who could possibly forget the gorgeous duet the two performed on a rooftop in Baltimore, Maryland, at sunset?
The same year the movie premiered, Channing and Jenna attended a Sundance Film Festival party together at The Shop in Park City, Utah. Chan was clad in camouflage, an oversized hoodie and backwards cap, while Jenna looked comfy and cute in a white fur jacket and matching scarf.
"We liked each other instantly," Jenna told the Artisan News Service during a press interview for the film. "He's a really good person -- he's a really open person, and I'm a really open person, so from the get-go in rehearsals we just started creating this chemistry, I think, together that really helped us in the scenes in the movie, and just was a genuine, natural flow. It was perfect."
The two first locked lips while shooting a steamy scene for the film, but Channing admitted he and Jenna were a real-life item from the very beginning. "We were basically together on the movie. It's interesting now, because we can watch it and see; we can go, 'Oh, wow, that was actually our first real kiss,'" Channing gushed to Redbook magazine in October 2014. "As soon as the movie wrapped, we went back to L.A. and were together, and together ever since -- never broken up."
4. Love on the red carpet
One of their first red carpets together as a couple was at an event held at the Sofitel Hotel in Los Angeles on June 21, 2006. Jenna wore a strapless white gown and strappy silver heels while her beau donned an all-black ensemble. "My girlfriend right now, she just came at the right time," Channing gushed to reporters.
Even the official artwork for the film, which featured Channing and Jenna gazing into each other's eyes, proved their chemistry was the real thing. "Two dancers. Two worlds. One dream," the text on the poster read.
While talking to Vanity Fair last August, however, Channing revealed it's difficult for them to re-watch the film. "Me and Jenna just saw Step Up on TV, and we watched it for two seconds," he said. "It was hard because you're like, 'Wow, I remember it being so much better.' Then other times you're like, 'I remember it being worse.'"
"Things happen that change your perspective," he continued. "Not just your opinion but your windshield, your lens. Like you put on a 50-mm. [lens], then take that 50 off and put on a 16. Now you can see so much more, but you're missing the little things. I think for a while I'm going to try to make movies that, even if they don't make a dollar, I'll still be so proud to be a part of them that it won't matter."
6. Nora's Showcase
One of the best scenes from the original film was when Tyler showed up for Nora's Maryland School of Arts senior showcase. While the two had some incredible solo moments in the dance sequence, Channing and Jenna truly shined in the sections where they danced together -- performing flawless lifts, romantic dips and graceful turns.
7. Step Up After-Party
The duo was all smiles and full of laughter at the official Step Up after-party, held at the Cabana Club in Los Angeles on Aug. 7, 2006. Nine years later, Channing and Jenna looked equally in love while busting out their best Step Up moves at The Weinstein Company and Netflix's Golden Globes after-party.
According to Channing, dance battles happen quite often in their home. "When we wake up in the morning, we put on music, and while Everly's eating we dance and it just starts to get stupid," he revealed to Redbook. "Changing the baby is an intermission -- but our daughter hates getting her diaper changed, so it's almost like a break-dancing battle to get it on her. As soon as you lay her down, she's bridging out of it and doing some jiu-jitsu windmill. It's pretty intense."
If you can't get enough of the Step Up franchise, you're in luck! A series based on the original film is coming to YouTube Red. Channing and Jenna are executive producing the project, along with Step Up's original producers, Adam Shankman, Jennifer Gibgot and Meredith Milton. ET reached out to YouTube, who confirmed they have not yet started production.
As we patiently wait for updates, watch the video below to hear ET quiz Channing on his wife.