These Celebrities Were All Cheerleaders Before Making It Big
Who’s got spirit? Before they ruled Hollywood, these ladies and gentlemen were ‘regular’ people and had to go through high school just like everybody else. These celebrities had more fun than others because they had different curriculums and spent hours of their high school practicing their cheerleader’s routines.
You can see some of them even in their movies rocking those pom-poms. Read on to discover famous faces who still have pom-poms in their wardrobes.
20. Cameron Diaz
Cameron Diaz took a break from her Hollywood career and focused on her private life. Before she became famous and hit the big screen, Cameron was a teenager just like everyone else.
Cameron was a peppy cheerleader attending Long Beach Polytechnic High School. She wore yellow and green to represent her school’s colors. Her experience as a cheerleader probably helped her land roles faster. After all, being outgoing and knowing how to appeal to people can only help.
19. Diane Sawyer
Diane Sawyer is apparently all about the spirit. Diane was a cheerful and bubbly blonder who spends her free time cheerleading at the Seneca High School in Louisville, Kentucky.
After having children, Daine spent a few years promoting the Coca-Cola Pavilion at the World’s Fair and eventually moved that personality to television journalism.
18. Olivia Munn
Olivia Munn is an American actress and famous television host. Before she became famous, Olivia and her family were stationed in Japan when her father enlisted in the Air Force.
Her parents separated, and her mother moved back to Oklahoma. That’s where Munn became a cheerleader for the Putnam City North High School team. From there, she went to study journalism.
Not only that Ciara Princess Wilson was a big sports fan and a cheerleader, but she was Riverdale High School’s cheerleading squad captain. Ciara is passionate about sport, and even today, she advocates for sport and its benefits.
In her final year, Ciara quit cheerleading. She decided to pursue music, saying, “Unfortunately, I couldn’t be as involved as I wanted to be because it was the year when my music started to become even more important to me.”
16. Kirsten Dunst
If you are a fan of the movie Bring It On, you know that Kirsten knows how to handle those pom-poms, and there is a reason why she looks so professional in cheerleading scenes.
Kirsten attended Laurel High School and Notre Dame High School, where she was a pom girl. She played cheerleader Torrance Shipman in the movie Bring It On and show the world that once you master cheerleading skills, you never forget them. Plus, Dunst was on her high school squad until the blockbuster movie came out.
15. George W. Bush
Yes, man cheer to, and some of them were even Presidents, like of a country. At Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts, future President George W. Bush was a basketball player, nada cheer captain.
He was frequently armed with a megaphone and tons of cheer. He probably got her his strong experience of talking to crowded people. From Phillips Academy, he went to Harvard Business school and Yale University.
14. Eva Longoria
Eva Longoria actually got her big breakthrough cheerleading. For the first public performance in front of the crowd, Eva knew that she wants to be in front of a group.
An acting career seems fitting to someone who wants to deal with a large and loud crowd. Eva was discovered by a visiting LA agent who knew she had something special.
13. Kathie Lee Gifford
Kathie Lee Gifford is a television presenter, singer, and songwriter. She is best known for her 15-year run on the talk show Live! Little is known, but by the time she turned fourteen, Kathie was a cheerleader at heart.
She also competed in pageants and even won Maryland’s Junior Miss Pageant in 1970. Did you know that Lee graduated from the sport? She did and even went to Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Oklahoma, where she studied music and drama.
12. Meryl Streep
Seeing Meryl Streep on this list shouldn’t be much of a surprise. She always talks with a lot of pride in her cheering days. This globally famous actress got her lovely attitude while attending cheering at Bernards High School in New Jersey.
Meryl was a varsity member during her senior year, which is something that she is extremely proud of. Maybe cheerleading enabled her to show her strength in front of the camera?
11. Sandra Bullock
Is there any role that Sandra Bullock can’t deliver? With each part, Sandra delivers more. Before she became the cool spy in Miss Congeniality, Bullock was a cheerleader.
Sandra was a cheerleader at Washington-Lee High School in her hometown of Arlington, Virginia. She graduated in 1982, but before that, she participated in the sport and many of the school’s theater productions. It seems that Sandra knew from day one where she wants to be.
10. Steve Martin
Can you imagine Steve Martin holding pom-poms off the camera? This silver-haired comedian once was very popular during his high school education. Steve cheered for the Garden Grove, California team.
He claimes that they had some of the best cheers ever. The reason for this might be because many of them were written by comedy legend Steve himself!
9. Denise Richards
Denise Richards is one of the most feminine ladies in Hollywood. For many, she is one of the fatal ladies that ever walked this Earth. In her youth, Denise was a real athletic Tomboy from Illinois. However, when she moved to California, she decided to go for a more elegant style and even join the El Camino High School cheer team.
She went on to star in shows like Saved By The Bell and Married with Children and eventually meeting her now ex-husband, famous actor Charlie Sheen.
8. Kelly Ripa
Kelly Maria Ripa, or simply Kelly Ripa, is best known for her role in All My Children and as Hope in the sitcom Hope & Faith. Today, she is mostly busy broadcasting. Before Kelly signed her first major contract, she had a mentor, a teacher, who inspired her to act. Ripa grew up as a performer in southern New Jersey.
She attended Eastern Regional High School and joined the cheerleading team. At the same school, she took some drama classes. Luckily for the world, she followed Jim Beckley’s advice to pursue an acting career.
7. Halle Berry
Halle Berry was the first African-American to win an Academy Award for Best Actress. Before the world got to know her through her movies, she was simply known as Halle from Bedford High School in Cleveland, OH.
She was a great student, an athlete, and a role model of a student. She had time to participate in cheerleading, attend honors classes, and work in the school newspaper. She even won prom queen.
6. Jenna Dewan
Jenna Dewan is best known for her role in Step Up, starring herself and Channing Tatum. She started her career as a backup dancer for Janet Jackson, so her dance talent is real – she worked for years to bust those moves.
Before she got a role in Step Up, Dewan was a cheer queen in Texas. According to her, she falls in love with the physical part of dancing and pursues it further. Actually, dancing for Janet in 2001 was the big break.
5. Lindsey Lohan
Lindsey Lohan is known for great dance moves. Her career may be on a break at the moment, but no one can be denied that she is a real star. She was a star even in her teen years. Lindsay was popular as a child, and she still went to an ordinary high school in Long Island, NY.
Lindsey attended both Cold Spring Harbor High School and Sanford H. Calhoun High School, where she gave her best to make it to the cheering team. Eventually, she had to switch to exclusively home education.
4. Sally Field
Sally Margaret Field has not one but two Oscar statues sitting in her home. She is best known for her work in Forest Gump or Mrs. Doubtfire, but her acting career is far longer.
As a teen, Sally was a cheer team member at Birmingham High School in Van Nuys, California. After high school, she was known for shows like The Flying Nun and Gidget.
Fergie was born as Stacie Ann Ferguson, but today she is globally known for her stage name. When you say Fergie, everyone knows who she is. Even in her teen years, Fergie was a beloved member of her high school cheer team for her sunny attitude and pretty face.
She was also a straight-A student at Glen A. Wilson High School. Once she realized that music is her life, she joined the Black Eyed Peas. The rest is history.
2. Cynthia Bailey
Cynthia is a model, reality television personality, and actress. Born and raised in Alabama, Cynthia left her hometown at 18 and headed to NYC.
Before she ran toward the Big Apple, Cynthia was busy performing on a football field. She cheered for the home team at Deshler high school in her home state of Alabama. The rest is history for this starlet.
1. Gabrielle Union
Gabrielle Union was more than fantastic as a cheerleader in Bring It On. If she looked like she had experienced it, it was because she had some real-life experience in the role.
Union was a cheerleading superstar. Her family was hugely into sports, as she once said, “In my family, if you couldn’t talk Cornhusker football, then you don’t get to have an opinion.”