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"Step Up" Director Knew Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan Tatum Would "Be Together Forever"

From the moment they met on set, their enduring bond was obvious.

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Right from the start, Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan Tatum were the real deal. The power couple met and began a romance on the set of their dance film Step Up, and it was clear to their colleagues that the relationship would last. The movie's director, Adam Shankman, recently told Us Weekly that he knew they were in it for the long haul.

 

"I knew that they were going to be together forever. There was never a question," he said at the 12th Annual Los Angeles Ballet Gala on Saturday. "[Step Up's other director] Anne Fletcher and I, when we saw them together, we shrugged like that's a forever thing because they're two of the nicest people alive." He also predicted that the co-stars were headed towards the aisle. "There was never any question in our minds that [their relationship] was going to extend [to marriage,]" he added.

 

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Shankman, also a former judge on So You Think You Can Dance, explained how rare it is to see two celebrities connect on a deep and enduring level. "To see the way that they've both grown as artists, producers and people, as parents and friends. When you are able in all of the chaos that is this business, and everybody gets pulled apart a lot," he continued. "To be able to connect like that, I don't want to overuse the word blessing, but it really is. You have to thank God for the little things."

 

Today, Dewan Tatum's career still revolves around dance—something her husband, also a dancer, continues to support and participate in. At the same event, the World of Dance host and mentor opened up about watching the show with her family. "It's also great to be part of a show that the whole family can watch," she said. "I have a lot of people come up to me and say I watch it with my entire family. That's really nice. Evie watches it, Chan. We all get together and watch it. It's that kind of show."