Thursday 27 April 2017

WATCH: Nonverbal woman with autism interviews Channing Tatum and charms the socks off him

Carly Fleischmann interviews Channing Tatum. Photo: YouTube
Carly Fleischmann interviews Channing Tatum. Photo: YouTube
Carly Fleischmann interviews Channing Tatum. Photo: YouTube

Sasha Brady

Carly Fleischmann has severe, nonverbal autism but that hasn't stopped her from interviewing one of Hollywood's biggest actors.

The 21-year-old is challenging misconceptions about her condition.

The young woman was diagnosed with autism and oromotor apraxia at the age of two when her parents noticed that her development was different from that of her twin sister.

However, at the age of 10 she had a breakthrough and discovered that she could communicate through typing on a computer.

Carly Fleischmann interviews Channing Tatum. Photo: YouTube
Carly Fleischmann interviews Channing Tatum. Photo: YouTube

As part of her YouTube series, Speechless with Carly Fleischmann, the Canadian girl is fulfilling her dreams of becoming a TV host and brought Hollywood actor (and her biggest crush) Channing Tatum on board for episode one.

“He has been a stripper, a police officer, a secret agent, a reporter, a boyfriend to many, and soon he will dump his wife to be with me,” she says. “I welcome Channing Tatum.”

She gets the 36-year-old to open up about a number of topics, including the beliefs that he doesn't share with his wife Jenna, his childhood, his dream acting partner, his life as a stripper, his baby Everly and which president he'd most like to have a drink with.

Carly made the Magic Mike star laugh throughout their session with her dry wit and cheeky sense of humour.

But she wasn't there to joke, she was there to ask the tough questions. "How about that, Channing, would you date a 21-year-old with autism?" she asked.

Tatum said yes, but only if he had permission from his wife.

"All right," she responded. "I've got my lawyers working on your divorce papers as we speak!"

AutismAwareness.com calls Speechless “the first nonverbal talk show.”

The series launched on April 29 and will see Carly interview a number of famous faces over the course of its run.

Carly, who uses a communication device, gained notoriety when a video giving insight to how she processes the world when viral in 2012.

It's since been viewed more than two million times and brought well-deserved attention to her book Carly's Voice.

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