Channing Tatum is People magazine's 2012 Sexiest Man Alive

I can't believe I lost again.

"My first thought was, 'Y'all are messing with me,'" said Tatum, who married actress Jenna Dewan-Tatum in 2009. "I told Jenna after we'd been in the bathtub washing our dogs because they'd gotten skunked."

Says the actor: "She was like, 'What?'"

"Yeah, she calls me (the Sexiest Man Alive) now," he said.

Her Alabama-bred husband is also a sculptor who quotes Edgar Allan Poe, loves to give her massages and can't wait to start their family.

He probably also loves puppies and long walks on the beach.

"I'm ready; I think she's ready (for kids)," Tatum, 32, says. "The first number that pops into my head is three, but I just want one to be healthy and then we'll see where we go after that."

"It's really easy for us guys to say, 'I want like 15 kids,'" he said. "Jenna will be like, 'Well you better get another wife!'"

Currently training to play an Olympic athlete in next year's "Foxcatcher," Tatum is all heart and muscle at 195 pounds. "I like to be lean. If I get too bulky I can't move well and I like to move," he says. "When I'm not training, I get really round and soft."

That must be awful ... being Channing Tatum and being "soft."

Which is just fine by his wife. "People know him to be fun and sexy, but they don't know how emotionally deep and spiritually open he is," says Dewan-Tatum, 31. "He is such an openhearted person; what you see is what you get."

The rest of the list will be in the new issue of the magazine, which comes out Friday.

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