After eight years of marriage, Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan Tatum still have the hots for each other, but according to Dewan Tatum, things are much different nowadays than in the initial moments of their relationship. Back in the 2000s, both stars were on their way up in Hollywood, but they perhaps had more freedom and less responsibility than they do today. In a new interview, Dewan Tatum revealed some of the changes the couple has encountered over the years, and from the sounds of it, much healthy growth has occurred in the communication department. Check out what the 36-year-old celebrity had to say about growth in her marriage:

You change when you're together from 25 to 35. I think maybe in my early 20s, I might have tiptoed around issues or didn't want to make too many waves. Now it's like, 'This is how I'm feeling.' You have to be OK with the other person becoming defensive, to let them be emotional and accept that it won't be OK for a while.

Jenna Dewan Tatum revealed her thoughts on the importance of how her relationship has grown to Redbook. She and Channing Tatum first met on the set of the 2006 film Step Up, but a lot has changed since then. Today, they are mom and dad to a 3-year-old daughter, Everly Tatum, and they each have challenging work schedules. Tatum's agenda includes several big movie projects, including Kingsman 2, while Dewan Tatum is taking on mentoring and hosting duties for NBC's competition series World of Dance, produced by Jennifer Lopez. Still, the pair is not so busy that they have to schedule time for romance; in fact, spending time apart for work gives them space to miss each other, which Dewan Tatum said improves their relationship when they are together again.

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The way Jenna Dewan talked in the interview made it seem like she and Channing Tatum both have blossomed in their relationship. Also, in saying they have learned to let each other be emotional from time to time, Dewan gently indicated that the pair has weathered some ups and downs in the past. But what married couple hasn't?

Jenna Dewan mentioned her refreshing take on the importance of keeping the relationship fun and sexy not just for her movie-star husband, but for herself. For example, these days she enjoys buying lingerie because she likes it and thinks it is fun for the both of them. In this way, it appears Jenna Dewan's confidence strengthened, which helped the marriage to evolve. But she made it clear that the growth is a two-person effort. Dewan explained that she and Channing Tatum are both dedicated to raising their daughter to have confidence. Thus, they keep family at the top of the priorities list, which in turn helps them move forward in mature ways.

We love all of these delightful messages. You have to love yourself to love someone else. Keep the lines of communication open every day. Be willing to prioritize family above all else. If these are lessons Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan have learned in eight years, then it sounds like they are the real deal.

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