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Nobody wants their kid to be the kid causing a ruckus at school, but for both Sandra Bullock and Channing Tatum that was repeatedly the case when their daughters could not get along!
Chatting with James Corden on The Late Late Show, the The Lost City costars spilled the beans about how they met, which was not the usual way that Hollywood royalty come to be acquaintances.
For 57yo Sandra and 41yo Channing, who have become close friends, it was a lack of friendship between Sandra’s daughter Laila, now 10, and the Magic Mike star’s daughter, Everly, who is now eight, that saw the megastars connect.
“We have two very, very strong-willed little girls that, you know, at that young age were very much buttin’ heads …”
The pair laughed as they explained that it was repeated calls to the Principal’s office to sort out the drama between the little frenemies that saw them become acquainted, both joking that every time the phone rang they hoped it was the other one’s daughter causing the issue this time.
“We have two very, very strong-willed little girls that, you know, at that young age were very much buttin’ heads,” exasperated dad, Channing explained.
“Of all the people — of all the people! — to fight with their daughter!” the 21 Jump Street star laughed.
“I’ve blocked it all out,” Channing Tatum said of the drama.
“There’s some PTSD attached to it,” Sandra Bullock said of the days when their girls could not get along.
Speaking about this same issue with People previously, Sandra explained that their daughters’ Principal was always “gentle” breaking the news because she and Channing were always “mortified”.
The girls eventually became friends thanks, in part, to an idea the Principal had to put their competitive streaks to the test in a creative way.
Speaking to host, James Corden, The Blind Side star praised the Principal’s idea. “The challenge was, ‘Who could be the nicest to the other one?'” she laughed. “So they were bringing each other Dixie cups of water.”
This preschool beef has come up several times as the pair do press for their new film The Lost City. In a recent New York Times profile alongside Lost City costar Daniel Radcliffe the pair noted that the troubles stemmed from Laila and Everly “trying to alpha the other one out”.
“That’s the reason we did this film, so they could have one long, COVID-safe play date,” Sandra said. “We even brought motorbikes down there. All we cared about is that Everly and Laila were just having the time of their lives.”
“We were always praying it was the other one’s daughter when we were called into the office!”
Speaking with People, Sandra, who is also a mum to 11yo Louis, said: “They’re both equally suited and they were both as strong but now we had a month for them to be quarantined while we were filming and it was a love fest.
“Just sleepovers, everyone in my bed. It was everyone, not Channing. Just the kids. Channing got the night off, he was off with his buddies!”