Channing Tatum already felt married to Jenna Dewan Tatum within a year after they met.

The 'Foxcatcher' actor began romancing his 'Step Up' co-star when they worked on 2006 movie 'Step Up' and though they didn't tie the knot until three years later, by that point it was just a legal move which made no difference to their feelings for one another.

Channing said: ''We wore promise rings within the first year. We were already married in our heads and our hearts.

''I like saying, 'my wife'. It feels good to me. I feel grown up.''

The 34-year-old actor has 19-month-old daughter Everly with Jenna and doesn't want to be a ''controlling'' father.

He said: ''I don't want to be a controlling father. I know that's a dangerous weapon, in a way, to give children too much freedom. You have to let them live, let them grow.''

The 'Magic Mike' hunk is close to his sister Paige and says she has taught him a lot about being a man.

He said: ''[Through my mother and sister] I learned what a man is through a woman's eyes.

''My sister was a huge part of my life. How she would see men was really clear to me. I got to see it through her eyes and understand what was expected from me, even from my sister.''