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The Tatums are America’s Sweethearts On and Off Screen

Published: Friday, September 21, 2012

Updated: Thursday, September 27, 2012 12:09

Jenna Dewan-Tatum

Colleen Hayes, Anchor Bay Films

Jenna Dean-Tatum and Channing Tatum star in Anchor Bay Films' "10 Years."

No matter how good or bad we all thought our high school was most of us can’t wait for our 10 year reunion.

We can’t wait to see how mature – or immature – people have become, what careers they’ve chosen, and who they end up with or marry. Take a group of buddies who haven’t seen each other in forever, throw in some weed- and alcohol-fueled rambunctious-ness, and you’ll get “10 Years.”

The film is a quintessential tale of a high school reunion with a group of quirky friends. “10 Years” is Jamie Linden’s first foray into the directing world, and, much to the delight of one of the cast’s brightest stars Jenna Dewan -atum, is a pretty good one at that.

“He is such a great writer,” said Dewan-Tatum, who played Jess, the oh-so-serious girlfriend to real-life husband Channing Tatum’s character, Jake.

“He writes such an honest and truthful script and that reflects in his characters,” said Dewan-Tatum. “He gives us such freedom to work with characters, and we can really make them our own. It’s a real dream for any actor to work with Jamie.”

“10 Years” ventures into what young people see as an unthinkable time, when they are thrust into the big grown-up real world after graduation.

“I was working at the time and I didn’t get cleared to get off-set to go to my high school reunion, but with Facebook and other social media nowadays, I found out what happened through good friends,” said Dewan-Tatum of her own experience. “It’s like I had my own 10-year reunion in my hotel room.”

One of the best parts of the film is the natural chemistry of its eclectic cast. Besides the Tatums, “10 Years” stars Justin Long, “What’s Your Number’s?” Ari Gaynor and Chris Pratt, “The Social Network’s” Max Minghella and Rosario Dawson.

“If I could switch places with someone for one day, it would be Justin Long,” said Dewan-Tatum of her co-star. “He is hilarious, and I wish I could have his comedic skills just for one day.”

“It was fun to play off each other as a cast and they are all easy people to hang out with,” she added. “They’re all creative and fun to work with and we all still stay in contact. We filmed this film in chronological order, which was Jamie’s idea, and as the dynamics of the story changed, so did the characters. It just added to the natural chemistry we all had with each other.”

And while we’re on the topic of chemistry, there is no denying the fact that Channing and Jenna make such a good couple on and off the screen.

“It wasn’t difficult at all to work with him,” said Dewan-Tatum of her hubby. This is the first time the two have acted side-by-side since 2006’s “Step Up,” and their performance made it worth the wait.

“He was already one of the easiest co-stars, and we already love each other and have chemistry,” said Dewan-Tatum.

She loved being able to work with him again, instead of being separated by both their busy work schedules.

“We’re both living our dreams, but it was nice being in the same area code for once,” she said. “This has made our relationship, and our friendship, stronger and I know and love him more each and every day.”

In addition to feature films, Dewan-Tatum has also taken on TV roles. When asked about whether she would like to stay in TV or film, she said, “I like to challenge myself, and I would like to do it all. I want to do acting forever, and I want to break down my boundaries and really surprise people.”

The future looks nothing but bright for such a talented actress such as Dewan-Tatum, and the rest of the cast of “10 Years” for that matter. It’s a definite must-see and a great way to start your fall movie line-up.

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