Actress Joey King, 24, reunites with Channing Tatum, 44, on The Tonight Show, 11 years after starring in White House Down

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Joey King reunited with her former White House Down co-star Channing Tatum on The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon on Monday.

The actress, 24, who was there supporting box office champ Despicable Me 4 and her Netflix romcom A Family Affair, had a visit from Tatum, 44, backstage – 11 years after they played father and daughter in the film.

‘DREAM COME TRUE!!!!!!’ the star said of her appearance on the late night talk show. ‘And I got to reunite with Channing [Tatum], tonight was amazing thank you @fallontonight.’

Tatum just happened to be in New York, where he supported his film Fly Me To The Moon on The Kelly Clarkson Show and attended the movie’s premiere with his fiancée Zoe Kravitz, co-star Scarlett Johansson and her husband Colin Jost. 

Actress Joey King, 24, reunites with Channing Tatum, 44, on The Tonight Show, 11 years after starring in White House Down

Joey King reunited with her former White House Down co-star Channing Tatum on The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon on Monday 

Tatum, 44, starred as King's dad in 2013's White House Down  (Pictured in Washington, DC in June 2013)

Tatum, 44, starred as King’s dad in 2013’s White House Down  (Pictured in Washington, DC in June 2013)

Tatum returned the favor, grabbing one of King’s Instagram photos and writing, ‘This young woman was a lil baby when I got the pleasure to work with her. ‘

‘Now she is full grown powerhouse of an actor and woman. Just Wow. U always be my lil Joey tho! I don’t care how big you get.’ 

King was about 14 when White House Down was released in 2013. She played Tatum’s 11-year-old daughter in the thriller about a Capitol police officer who springs into action when the White House is attacked.

While on set with host Jimmy Fallon, King, who looked chic in a sheer black turtleneck top and a white vinyl skirt, gushed about another co-star, Zach Efron, 36. 

She co-stars with the former teen idol and Nicole Kidman, 57, in the romantic comedy A Family Affair. 

‘I love him,’ the blushing actress said. ‘I grew up with his face on everything I owned,’ the actress explained about her childhood obsession.

‘Did you have a Zac Efron lunchbox or something? Fallon asked.

‘Did I have … among everything else!” said King. ‘All the merch that I could get my hands on and I was one of those kids, I was like, “Mom, the movie is going to be on at 8/7 Central. I don’t know what that means but I have to be home to watch.”‘

The actor offered fatherly praise for the actress and her accomplishments

The actor offered fatherly praise for the actress and her accomplishments

The actress was invited to the talk show to support her films Despicable Me 4 and Netflix's A Family Affair

The actress was invited to the talk show to support her films Despicable Me 4 and Netflix’s A Family Affair

‘I had his face on everything and I was such a fan and he was so, so fantastic,’ she added.

Fallon then asked her if she got to ‘nerd out and say, “Hey I loved you in High School Musical?” Yes,’ King replied. ‘He was so gracious about it.’

Giving an example, the Emmy nominee said ‘Like I would sing on set,’ and hummed a few bars from the High School Musical 3 song Scream. ‘He would sing along with me and that was so great,’ she said

‘And he was also, again, so fit. He helped teach me about my protein intake. He’s very helpful with the wellness tips.’

The Act star also revealed that Kidman, who plays her mom in A Family Affair, taught her an amazing exercise routine for her glutes.

‘She taught me the most epic, awful butt workout I’ve ever learned in my life.’

King gushed about her A Family Affair co-stars Nicole Kidman and Zac Efron, and admitted she was obsessed with the High School Musical star when she was growing up. 'I love him,' the blushing actress said. 'I grew up with his face on everything I owned'

King gushed about her A Family Affair co-stars Nicole Kidman and Zac Efron, and admitted she was obsessed with the High School Musical star when she was growing up. ‘I love him,’ the blushing actress said. ‘I grew up with his face on everything I owned’

The actress said she would sing songs from High School Musical on set and Efron would join in. 'He would sing along with me and that was so great,' she said  (Pictured in Los Angeles in June)

The actress said she would sing songs from High School Musical on set and Efron would join in. ‘He would sing along with me and that was so great,’ she said  (Pictured in Los Angeles in June)

King said Kidman, who played her mother in the romcom, taught her an intense glute routine, which she still follows, because it's  'so effective.' 'So I send her photos when I do it. I'm like, "call an ambulance, love you!"'  (Pictured in Los Angeles in June)

King said Kidman, who played her mother in the romcom, taught her an intense glute routine, which she still follows, because it’s  ‘so effective.’ ‘So I send her photos when I do it. I’m like, “call an ambulance, love you!”‘  (Pictured in Los Angeles in June)

‘It was like, so intense… and I was like, I’m a youngster, I can hang.  I’m young and agile and I thought I could hang, but I couldn’t hang. It was the hardest.. it was all these donkey kicks and the rainbows and the fire hydrants,’ she said.

‘You have to keep you leg in the air for like 12 hours,’ she claimed. 

King said she still follows the routine because it’s ‘so effective.’

‘So I send her photos when I do it. I’m like, “call an ambulance, love you!”‘

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