The Magic Mike star got candid about his sex life during a chat with Cosmopolitan editor Joanna Coles during the Cannes Lions advertising festival in France on Wednesday, revealing that sex is one of the "clearest ways" of communication between him and his wife and they have to resolve their issues before they can get intimate.
"That's how we know there's something we have to talk about, that we have to solve... whatever's between us energetically, before we can sort of get down," he said, according to MailOnline. "For lack of a better term, we don't hate-f**k each other. That's just not what we do. Sometimes it's, 'Look, you've got to get this done, I've got to work.' That's a real thing.
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"To me, that's us being completely open. Saying, 'Look, I don't have the energy.' Then you have full-on, just completely, totally connected, otherworldly connections."
During his tell-all chat, Channing said "me and sex are friends" and the act should be something that "enriches" your life rather than "a means".
He also discussed being a father to daughter Everly, three, and how he is more aware of his behaviour because she's so impressionable and likely to copy what he does.
"Babies are just like little mirrors of you," he explains. "They don't even understand what you're saying for a very large part of their early life. That's probably one of the biggest lessons for me - my behaviour is everything to her.
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"Jada Pinkett Smith told me, 'once you've raised a kid for 10 years with somebody there is no one in the whole entire world that you would go to war with first.'"
The 36-year-old has been married to Jenna, who he met on dance movie Step Up, since 2009.
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