This has been a HUGE year for Channing Tatum, with five movies hitting the big screen and the honor of Sexiest Man Alive bestowed upon him. Now the Magic Mike star is ready for a little break -- but don't freak out!

Although Channing tells Entertainment Weekly he wants to take a break from acting in 2013, it's not the end of his career. In fact, he plans on spending his time off-camera behind the camera! "By the end of next year [my production partner and I] are going to shut things down and write the first thing that we're going to direct," he explains.

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"I love the steps I've taken acting-wise," Channing adds. "That has been a sort of wild exploration. But I don't want to just keep putting [directing] off for these fun and incredible opportunities."

Plus, Channing still has at least FOUR more movies slated for release in 2013, so it's not like we'll see the end of him on the big screen anytime soon. And if you ever get discouraged, you can always keep this mantra in the back of your mind -- there is a Magic Mike sequel, there is a Magic Mike sequel, there is a Magic Mike sequel. Feel better?

Do you think Channing should make the switch to directing?

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