Channing Tatum appears on the cover of the July 2013 issue of Vanity Fair magazine. Inside of the magazine, he talks about how he is a bit of a slow reader, but didn’t enjoy the effects of medications like Adderall. In fact, he says that is something that he would never do to his children.
He said, “I read so slow. If I have a script I’m going to read it five times slower than any other actor, but I’ll be able to tell you everything in it. It kills me that there are standardized tests geared towards just one kind of child.”
He continued, “I truly believe some people need medication. I did not. I did better at school when I was on it, but it made me a zombie. You become obsessive. Dexadrine, Adderall…It’s like any other drug. It’s like coke, or crystal meth. The more you do, the less it works. For a time, it would work well. Then it worked less and my pain was more.”
He added, “I would go through wild bouts of depression, horrible comedowns. I understand why kids kill themselves. I absolutely do. You feel terrible. You feel soul-less. I’d never do it to my child.”