Is there anything Channing Tatum can’t do?
As if filming Kingsman: The Golden Circle and developing Magic Mike Live weren’t enough, Harvard Business School announced via Facebook Thursday that Tatum has enrolled in one of its executive education courses. Throughout the month of June, the 36-year-old actor will join three other megastars—LL Cool J, Pau Gasol and Chris Paul—in professor Anita Elberse‘s class.
Tatum’s involvement marked the university’s “first ever ‘live case.'” The actor—known for films like Step Up and Hail, Caesar!—co-led a workshop about how dance movies impact Hollywood. “Participants shared ideas to help him innovate in the film industry,” a Facebook caption read. Elberse also tweeted photos of her “four legends” in class, writing, “So yeah, this is happening.”
As LL Cool J tweeted, “You’re never too cool to learn!”
Tatum’s enrollment comes as somewhat of a surprise, as he’s often described himself as a bad student. As a child, he struggled with A.D.H.D. and dyslexia, for which he was prescribed stimulants.
“I have never considered myself a very smart person, for a lot of reasons,” he confessed to The New York Times in October 2014. “Not having early success on that one path messes with you. You get lumped in classes with kids with autism and Down Syndrome, and you look around and say, ‘OK, so this is where I’m at.’ Or you get put in the typical classes and you say, ‘All right, I’m obviously not like these kids either.’ So you’re kind of nowhere.
You’re just different. The system is broken. If we can streamline a multibillion-dollar company, we should be able to help kids who struggle the way I did.”
Tatum said he’s always been more street smart than book smart. “I can look at a person and say, ‘They’ve got something that I want up there in their head. I’m going to do my best to get in there and absorb it,'” he explained. “My mom said, ‘Be a sponge.’ And so I’ve learned more from people than I have from school or from books.”