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Channing Tatum currently holds the crown for the most epic Lip Sync Battle moment, when Beyonce herself joined him onstage for a rendition of “Who Run the World (Girls),” and on Thursday’s Ellen, the Hail, Caesar! star revealed how he scored Queen Bey for the show-stopping cameo.
“I won’t even tell you what I had to do to essentially get her assistant’s phone number,” Tatum said, admitting that he had never met the diva before she joined him onstage. “I didn’t even have the intention of her coming ... I wanted to bring like a cardboard cutout of Beyonce out, just to be funny, and then ultimately I ended up having to meet Beyonce doing Beyonce and that was definitely the most terrifying thing I’ve ever done.”
The two didn’t rehearse together and didn’t even speak before the big reveal, which put even more pressure on the 35-year-old actor to nail his impression.
“She’s like Keyser Söze,” Tatum said of Beyonce, comparing her to Kevin Spacey’s elusive, mysterious character from The Usual Suspects. “You know she exists, but you never see her until all of a sudden, you’re just like, ‘It happened, wait that was her, right?’”
Tatum revealed that while Beyonce left right after the performance, she did text him later, saying she’d love to meet up with him and his wife, Jenna Dewan Tatum.
During the sit-down, he also opened up about his 2-year-old daughter Everly, revealing that the toddler is in her “terrible two” phase and most days, refuses to change out of her pajamas or put on clothes at all.
“I get it,” the actor admitted with a laugh. “Which always feels very hypocritical. Because I go, ‘You have to wear clothes. We all wear clothes.’ And she’s just like, ‘Nope.’ Nope, not doing that, and I’m like ‘Well, OK.’ You just go with it.”
Tatum also wished luck to his Magic Mike XXL co-star, Stephen "tWitch" Boss, who is expecting his first child with Dancing With the Stars pro Allison Holker later this year.
“I would love for him to be my dad,” the actor said of his friend and fellow dancer. “He’s just gonna be the best dad. I’m not kidding, I’m not just saying that. He’s sweet, smart, so talented, and just like, the coolest.”