Channing Tatum is one of the biggest stars in Hollywood, but an unknown reporter just stole the spotlight during a recent interview.
Carly Fleischmann, a 21-year-old who was diagnosed with autism as a child, had Tatum in stitches when he appeared on the first episode of her web series, Speechless with Carly Fleischmann.
Communicating with the actor through a keyboard (Fleischmann is unable to speak with her mouth), the young interviewer didn’t miss a beat, ribbing the actor on everything from his career to his personal life.
“Would you date a 21-year-old person with autism?” she asks to kick off the interview.
Tatum responds that he would if he got permission from his wife, Jenna Dewan. “All right I’ve got my lawyers working on your divorce papers as we speak!” Fleischmann quips.
Later, she playfully grills him on rumors that he used to sneak out of his house as a kid to cause trouble.
“Now I live as a perfect young lady. I never threw a party without my parents knowing, and I never snuck out of the house without telling them,” Fleischmann teases. “So you can’t imagine what it’s like when I heard this. I was intrigued!”
While Tatums says he was never caught, he does admit to causing late night mischief with his friends, including some minor vandalism.
“Now, looking back on it, I feel so bad,” Tatum says laughing.
According to her website, Fleischmann used to think she was the only kid with autism who communicates by spelling. Last year, however, she writes, “I met a group of kids that communicate the same way. In fact some are even faster at typing then I am.”
Along with her father, Fleischmann wrote a book about her experiences, Carly’s Voice, and her story was featured on ABC news, CNN and CTV in her native Canada.