Channing Tatum responds to Amanda Bynes' claims about casting him in She's The Man movie

Channing Tatum speaks to ET.
Channing Tatum. Photo credit: Getty

Channing Tatum has sent a message of love to Amanda Bynes after she revealed she fought to get the Hollywood actor cast opposite her in the movie She's The Man.

Speaking to Entertainment Tonight, Tatum was asked if he knew about the revelation before Bynes' tell-all Paper Magazine interview was published.

"No, I didn't...well, I guess she sort of told me. I love her," he said at the London premiere of Magic Mike Live.

"I'm so happy she's killing it again and just back on the right."

Bynes told the magazine she had to push for Tatum's casting in the 2006 film because he "wasn't famous yet".

"He'd just done a Mountain Dew commercial and I was like, 'This guy's a star - every girl will love him!'"

But while She's The Man helped launched Tatum's Hollywood career, Bynes said it sent her into "a deep depression" because she didn't like how she looked dressed as a boy. Some years later, she quit acting and began abusing drugs, culminating in multiple court appearances and a psychiatric hold.

"She's so talented and so special," Tatum said. "I mean, I think it's so impossible when you start at such a young age to keep perspective. It's tough."

"She was just so alive," the Magic Mike star said of his time filming with Bynes.

"You never knew what was going to come out her mouth, she was just on fire... I haven't seen her in so long. I love her and I just hope she's doing good."

Now "nearly four years sober", 32-year-old Bynes made a public apology for her "drug-induced" behavior, and said she now plans to re-launch her acting career.