LOS ANGELES, Jan. 28 (UPI) -- Channing Tatum was just as surprised as the audience when music superstar Beyoncé joined him onstage earlier this month during Spike's Lip Sync Battle.
Appearing on The Ellen DeGeneres Show Wednesday, the actor described the surreal experience and how he wasn't even sure he would be able to enlist the help of the chart-topper.
"That is the first time I ever met her — right there," the Hail, Caesar! star recalled to DeGeneres. "I won't even tell you what I had to do to essentially get her assistant's phone number. Or text her. I was texting her. I didn't even have the intention of her coming."
"I was like, Hmm, who can I bring out? I know Beyoncé's not gonna come. So I wanted to bring a cardboard cutout of Beyoncé just to be funny, and then ultimately I ended up having to meet Beyoncé [while] doing Beyoncé," Tatum continued.
In order to best his wife, Jenna Dewan Tatum, who kicked things off with a performance of "Cold Hearted Snake" with singer Paula Abdul, the 35-year-old dressed up as Beyoncé for the performance complete with a strapless black bra and gold choker. Halfway through jamming out to "Run the World (Girls)", Beyoncé then joined Tatum onstage.
"That was definitely the most terrifying thing I've ever done," Tatum said. Following the Internet-breaking performance, Tatum mentioned how his interaction with Beyoncé was brief backstage but that she later got ahold of the Tatum family through text.
"She was like, 'Hey, I would love to meet you guys and hang out when you're not looking like me [like it's] so terrifying,'" Tatum said of the text exchange.
On Tuesday, Tatum shared a photo remembering his pet goat Heather, breaking news of the animal's death in the process.