Here Are Your Favorite Celebrities You Never Knew Were Cheerleaders

Published on 06/01/2020
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At one point in their lives, these prominent and successful actors of today, musicians, and even tv personalities were once perky and popular yielding cheerleaders. Here are a few of your beloved artists that have cheered their way to fame and success.      

Cameron Diaz

Diaz had been one of the best cheerleaders at Long Beach Polytechnic High School before becoming an actress. At the age of 16, the blonde beauty actually began as a fashion model, working with Calvin Klein, Levi’s, and the likes. Diaz went on to star in The Mask in 1994 which put her in the public’s eye. After Annie’s release, which receives numerous negative critiques, Diaz decided to take a break from film acting, stating in July 2017 that she was tired of traveling for filming, and confirmed the following March that she had retired from acting. 

Cameron Diaz

Rachael Ray

Rachael Ray was a cheerleader at Lake George High School, in Lake George, New York, long prior to her days of becoming a well-known culinary star. How amazing is she? With her short brown hair and small button nose, it is not hard to see the remarkable similarities to what she looks like today. Ray spends a lot of her time these days in the kitchen for her various shows on the Food Network. She also had her own kitchenware product line! Ray fulfilled a long-time goal of voicing a cartoon character in 2019 when she voiced a character on Butterbean ‘s Café, which is a  Nick Jr. program.   

Rachael Ray

Ciara

Ciara was the captain of the cheerleading squad at Riverdale High School and made it known enthusiastically how she absolutely love the dancing, energy, and excitement that came with the activity. The R&B singer stated in an interview, “Unfortunately, I couldn’t be as involved as I wanted to be because it was a year when my music started to become even more important to me.” CiCi may have traded in her pom-poms, but at the end of the day she decided to focus solely on her music career and it eventually paid off big time. She and her husband Russell Wilson became part of Seattle Sounders FC’s ownership group in Major League Soccer in August 2019.

Ciara

Kathie Lee Gifford

She might have been born in Paris however Kathie Lee Gifford arrived in Bowie, Maryland at the age of just four and she was already a cheerleader at the age of 14. In 1970, Gifford won Junior Miss Pageant from Maryland, an experience that pushed her out of Bowie and on her way to international fame. Gifford studied drama and music at the Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Oklahoma, after graduating from high school. She is recently known all over the world for her 15-year stint on Live talk show! With Regis and Kathie Lee. And now, Gifford has several projects in the works including sequels to Then Came You.

Kathie Lee Gifford

Kelly Ripa

After she became a cheerleader at Eastern Regional High School, Ripa, who grew up in southern New Jersey, exhibited a fascination for performing at such a young age. But it was not until Jim Beckley, her drama teacher, encouraged her to pursue acting, that she finally recognized her natural gift. Ripa moved to New York City to become an actress after dropping out of college and landed her first major role in the All My Children soap opera. The Hollywood Reporter even called her one of the Mainstream Media’s Most Powerful People in 2014. She has started to appear since then as host of Live With Kelly and Ryan.

Kelly Ripa

Fergie

Given that you believed the singer of My Humps was a knockout now, look at this picture of her on the spirit squad! Fergie, grew up as Stacie Ann Ferguson, was a cheerleader at Glen A. Wilson High School and a straight-A student. Fergie studied dance after high school, and she replaced former Black Eyed Peas singer Kim Hill in 2003 to create the Elephunk album which really sparked the hit singles Where Is the Love? And Shut Up. Fergie’s cheerleading experience has made it a lot easier on her flexibility even when performing on the stage. And on February 18, 2018, in an interview with the Daily Star, will.i.am announced Fergie’s departure from the band. 

Fergie

Megan Fox

The actress cheerleading for the Transformers did not necessarily develop into popularity at high school, as Fox was born in Tennessee from a conservative Pentecostal household. As the actress’ family moved to Florida, Fox enrolled at the Morningside School in Port St. Lucie, where she was a member of the cheerleading squad but has also been treated badly by her schoolmates. And upon moving to California, Fox made her acting debut in 2001, and three years later appeared in Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen together with Lindsay Lohan as a cheerleader. Fox is now even known as a sex symbol and has featured in magazines like Maxim, Rolling Stone, and FHM.

Megan Fox

Olivia Wilde

When Olivia Wilde was in Andover, Massachusetts attending Phillips Academy, she was in the Step Team. Stepping is another form of cheering according to the Love The Coopers actress. Even Wilde made a comment on the shot, insinuating, “This was a great squad. The funny thing about this picture is that my high school happens to also be the school that George W. Bush went to. And one of the most famous photographs of him was as head cheerleader in almost this exact same outfit.” As we all know she is an amazing actress and filmmaker now. 

Olivia Wilde

Lindsay Lohan

Lohan, the daughter of a former Wall Street trader, grew up on Long Island in New York, where she cheerleaded for both Cold Spring Harbor High School and Sanford H. Calhoun High School before she opted for homeschool. For brands like Abercrombie, Calvin Klein, Pizza Hut, Wendy’s, and Jell-O, Lohan began her career as a child model. Lohan landed her first successful film appearance in The Parent Trap in 1998, followed by Freaky Friday in 2003. And who would forget her most iconic film “Mean Girls” and not only did she became an actress but also a singer, songwriter, producer, and entrepreneur.

Lindsay Lohan

Meryl Streep

Who happened to know Streep was the sort to pull off a cheerleader uniform? In 2012, someone really sly tried very hard to get ahold of Streep’s High School yearbook and shared with the public the photographic evidence of her cheering days. It seems Streep had been a varsity cheerleader at Bernards High School in New Jersey before she was one of the greatest living actresses in the world. We dare say she was among the squad’s fiercest gals.     

Meryl Streep

Kathy Griffin

In this incredible image from her High School yearbook, the notorious actress is almost entirely different as a 17-year – old. In Oak Park, Illinois, Griffin previously studied at Oak Park and River Forest High School. As a fresh-faced member of her school spirit squad, the outspoken redhead – who took full advantage of her numerous procedures – has made some amazing progress from her days. And now we see the famous Kathy standing on her teammate’s hands as they pose in what would appear to be an exceptional formation. She is now a popular comedian and actor who has appeared on many TV specials and released comedy albums too.  

Kathy Griffin

Blake Lively

Blake Lively is a name that often comes up as we talk about women who can do it all. Lively seemed destined for the entertainment industry, with an actor father and talent scout mother. Originally it seems, she wasn’t eager to perform at all. When Lively made it to Burbank High School after years of acting training, she needed to find time not only for homework and cheerleading but also to film her scenes for the film The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants.  She is still amazing as she was when she was young as well as being very stunning.  

Blake Lively

Renee Zellweger

As unlikely as it seems, Zellweger has not always been a cool and confident actress. Zellweger was part of the cheerleading squad during her tenure at Katy High School in Katy, Texas, in which she flipped, dipped, and did the occasional handspring. Those skills remain with Zellweger because she still seems to have the moves! The Jimmy Fallon Show stopped the Bridget Jones’ Diary star to show off her cheerleading skills, as well as her beautifully toned legs.  

Renee Zellweger

Amy Poehler

Before she started making America laugh at programs such as Saturday Night Live, 30 Rock, and Parks and Recreation, Poehler was energizing audiences at football games at her high school. Poehler moved from Boston to Burlington, Massachusetts, as a teenager, from 1986 to 1989 to be a pom-pom cheerleader at Burlington High School. She graduated from Boston College with a Communication degree after high school and then Poehler moved to Chicago, where she kept on developing her comedic skills. No doubt she’s been a cheerleader, she can uplift anyone she meets based on her bubbly personality.    

Amy Poehler

Diane Sawyer

Diane Sawyer publicly revealed that she often felt overshadowed by her older sister as a teenager. And it wasn’t until she became a cheerleader for Seneca High School in Louisville , Kentucky, that Sawyer started cracking out of the loner phase. Sawyer’s first taste of fame had just been cheerleading, as she was touring the Coca – Cola Pavilion on World Fair for three years, and appeared in 1978 on television throughout the country when she joined ABC News, and where she still remains today to focus on creating specials and conducting high-profile interviews. 

Diane Sawyer

Miley Cyrus

Who would ever have imagined Miley would swing back and forth semi-clothed in a giant wrecking ball years later? That said, back to baby Miley, the adorable cheerleader. At the age of seven, when Hannah Montana actress was the cheerleader of the Tennessee Premier soccer team in her little hometown in Franklin. It may be said, that Miley Cyrus’ performing skills is in their blood as she was the daughter of Billy Ray Cyrus, a country singer.          

Miley Cyrus

               

Dakota Fanning

Acting happened long before cheering for Dakota Fanning. When she was a young child, the acting roles came from left and right and a young star emerged to a frequent guest on TV shows such as ER, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, The Practice, Spin City, Ally McBeal, and The Ellen Show. Fanning started to concentrate on her education and other social aspects of life, due to her successful career in the industry. She was in the Campbell Hall School varsity cheerleading squad and was also given the name as the homecoming queen. We can imagine how famous she was at school.

Dakota Fanning

Gabrielle Union

Gabrielle Union was born in Omaha, Nebraska, although she moved to Pleasanton, California, where she was brought up, with her family at the age of eight. Union was a cheerleader during high school and took those talents to the silver screen, playing Torrence ‘s rival cheerleader, Isis, in the 2000 mega-successful movie Bring It On. Sports are a major issue in the family of the Union, and Gabrielle said something like, ”In my family, if you couldn’t talk Cornhusker football, then you don’t get to have an opinion.”     

Gabrielle Union

Jayma Mays

Considering Emma Pillsbury’s role she plays on Glee, which constantly fighting with cheerleading coach Sue Sylvester, it’s ironic that Jayma Mays was a cheerleader in high school herself. It looks like Mays made one heck of a cheerleader with her ringlet curls, big bright smile, and neatly pressed uniform. So it seems as if she got along quite well with the rest of the girls on her team judging, by the way, all-girl on the left’s reaction on her playful pose. She most recently starred in the NBC sitcom Trial & Error as prosecutor Carol Anne Keane, which lasted for two seasons before being canceled in 2018. 

Jayma Mays

Katie Couric

Prior to actually graduating from Virginia University and starting her productive career in journalism in 1979, Couric attended several public high schools in Arlington, Virginia, where she was a cheerleader. The journalist and TV host are now widely recognized for being Global Yahoo! News’ Global Anchor as well as 60 minutes. We would have never imagined that as a cheerleader, Katie Couric would look so ridiculously cute, but surely the widely known journalist had some moves back in the day. Nowadays,  she’s served as executive producer on Netflix’s true crime miniseries Unbelievable.    

Katie Couric

Rashida Jones

Even though this photograph does not scream cheer captain as that of the illustration of other famous people on this list, trust us that during her grade school days, Jones was a contributing member of the spirit squad. Even if she was a cheerleader, Rashida Jones, she confessed to having to take part in the math club and the National Honor Society as being one of those “well-rounded students.” She was a highly intelligent cheerleader and no such balance is really that terrible. We can easily see why she succeeds with anything that she is doing now. 

Rashida Jones

Phaedra Parks

It’s clear and understandable how this Southern beauty has gained its impressive self-esteem from being a charming cheerleader to power attorney. And that’s when Parks found a spot on the highly entertaining reality show Real House Wives Of Atlanta, and she was a plain country girl with a thirst for much more before she was throwing it down into the courtroom. Phaedra spent her free time cheering on the team of her school while studying in Clarke Central High School located in Athens, Georgia. She went on to pursue a career in law after her graduation in 1990. 

Phaedra Parks

Ann Margret

Traveling back in time for a little bit, here’s yet another public figure, who was a cheerleader before becoming a silver screen megastar. At New Trier High School in Winnetka, Illinois, the Swedish-American actress, singer, and dancer was a cheerleader. We don’t know about you but we can see that Margaret had star potential and extraordinary talents back in the day based on this picture. Her singing and acting careers span five decades, beginning in 1961; she was originally billed as a female version of Elvis Presley. She has a sultry, vibrant contralto voice. Just look at that warm glow in her eye as well as the power stance that she infuses. 

Ann Margret

Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi

Cheerleading is not all rainbows and unicorns, and the competitive sport can become risky for some people, although not in the way you are thinking. Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi was a high school cheerleader in Marlboro, N.Y. before Jersey Shore, Polizzi revealed, “Cheerleading was my life in high school, but it wasn’t always easy for me. I started to be anorexic. There were freshmen, who were 70 pounds and I was, like, my spot as a flier is going to get taken away. So I ended up starving myself.”  Not only is she a professional wrestler, but Snooki is also a great dancer and has competed on the 17th season of Dancing with the Stars, in collaboration with newcomer Sasha Farber. We could see that her works valued her cheerleading background. 

Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi

Paula Abdul

To say that Paula Abdul began in cheerleading is not really shocking. She was a cheerleader and a student with lots of honors at Van Nuys High School in Los Angeles, California, and she became a Laker Girl after graduating. From then on she has been nominated as the squad ‘s head choreographer. Although she looks very cute in that Lakers uniform, Abdul traded, for a seat at the table of the judge, her pom-poms as she became one of three American Idol judges. Abdul also performs at America’s Got Talent (season 14) with Light Balance Kids, Brian King Joseph, and Tyler Butler-Figueroa at the Finale.   

Paula Abdul

Mandy Moore

Particularly for the actress and former cheerleader Mandy Moore, life really does imitate art. The Princess Diaries star was once a cheerleader from Pop Warner that really goes some way to explaining why she was able to perfect her role as Lana Thomas in The Princess Diaries waving her pom-poms. At a young age, Moore proved to have talent when she launched her hit single, “Candy,” at the age of 15! Moore also played the lead in A Walk to Remember, and now stars in the television show This Is Us.  In 2019, Moore was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Proving to everyone she’s talented.

Mandy Moore

Kirsten Dunst

As for her outstanding performance in the cheerleading comedy Bring It On as Torrance Shipman, it’s really not a bit surprising that Kirsten Dunst was a cheerleader herself until 2000, which happened to be the same year as the movie released. Grew up in New York, at the age of 3, Dunst was signed to Ford Modeling Agency and appeared on more than 100 TV commercials. The blue-eyed beauty has found time for Laurel Hall School and later Notre Dame High School to be a cheerleader for quite a while. She’s most popularly known in the Spiderman Trilogy as the love interest of Spiderman, Mary Jane. 

Kirsten Dunst

Kirstie Alley

Kristie Alley cheered at her Wichita Southeast High School athletes in Kansas before she became an actress. The actress moved to Los Angeles after dropping out at Kansas State University to pursue Scientology in order to make it big in Hollywood. Shelley Long replaced the cast from Cheers a few years later and received four nominations from Emmy and one from Rebecca Howe for her part. Since then, she has been featured in many movies and TV series.          

Kirstie Alley

Chrissy Teigen

Every day when she shares a picture, Chrissy Teigen does seem to break the internet. She posted on Instagram the most adorable photo of herself as a high school cheerleader. She had been a cheerleader in football prior to her modeling days. Teigen dimply grin and smoothed her gorgeous dark hair as her teammates surrounded her, while she posed in her adorable red and white cheerleading uniform of her Snohomish High School. Currently, Teigen is starring in Chrissy’s Court, a Judge Judy-style courtroom reality series that debuted in April 2020 on Quibi. She also serves as an executive producer for the series.

Chrissy Teigen

Michael Douglas

It is understandable that Michael Douglas is thrilled with the idea of following in the footsteps of his father. Douglas became a famous actor, as did his father. But he joined his cheerleading squad at Choate Preparatory School before acting too. Douglas has received notice for his humanitarian and political activism, as well as media attention for his marriage to Welsh actress Catherine Zeta-Jones, in addition to his acting career. Long story short, the Douglas men have many surprising means of being talented as well as kindhearted.

Michael Douglas

Paul Rudd

Paul Rudd is definitely not aging – he established a reputation for himself as the ever-so-lovable stud in Hollywood. Rudd was a cheerleader, or “yell leader,” when he was a high school student in Overland Park, Kansas, way before he became one of the industry’s favorite actors. He was also elected president of the Student Body – which does not really come as much surprise as his smile is contagious.  I mean, who could resist him? No one, I bet! Interesting tidbit, cheerleading was a predominantly male sport up until around 70 years ago! 

Paul Rudd

Jenna Dewan

In the 2006 movie Step Up, she achieved success because of her powerful dance movements. This makes perfect sense for her to be a performer. And yet Jenna Dewan was just a regular high school cheerleader in Texas before she began working in Hollywood. Jenna had her first moment in the spotlight in the entertainment industry and started working as a backup dancer for Janet Jackson, the music icon, in 2001. And because she’s all about dancing, Dewan has hosted the reality television shows World of Dance and Flirty Dancing. On Instagram during their cheerleading days, the dancer turned actress posted a sweet throwback photo with a caption: ‘#tbt to Texas high school cheerleader days.’ 

Jenna Dewan

Danielle Brooks

Danielle Brooks was a cheerleader before she went on to star at the tv series Orange Is the New Black. Because of how she felt on the skirt she decided to quit. The actress shared an emotional letter, the one which she wrote: “You really quit cheerleading because of how you felt you looked when you were wearing a skirt? OK! Never ever quit anything again because you’re scared of what others might think of you — unless you become an exotic dancer, the only exception. But even then, only quit because you want to.”

Danielle Brooks

Melissa Rycroft

Contrary to everyone else on the list, Melissa Rycroft was on the drill team when she was in high school. She was already a naturally gifted dancer who had already managed to be a first lieutenant. She eventually became a cheerleader for the Dallas Cowboys, making her first TV appearances on the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders of CMT: Making the Team. She made an appearance on The Bachelor, and then on Dancing with the Stars. She had been a host on CMT’s Redneck Island just recently.  

Melissa Rycroft

Stacy Keibler

To get where she is now, Stacy Keibler used her natural beauty and intellect. With her athletic skills, she managed to get a job as a cheerleader for the Baltimore Ravens. Then, from 1999 to 2001, she used that as a starting point for pursuing professional wrestling as part of WCW. She transferred to WWE that same year, where she had been a consistent guest for 5 years. Keibler formally parted ways with WWE in July 2006 to move on to other projects also after completing her tenure on Dancing with the Stars. Keibler occasionally makes appearances on the show however in 2005 she began to focus on becoming a fitness editor at Stuff magazine, which she also modeled for. She has appeared in numerous movies and works as a TV hostess on regular occasions.    

Stacy Keibler

Samuel L. Jackson

He may be the last person you would think to be on this page, but the fact is that when he was a student at Morehouse College, Samuel L. Jackson was indeed in the cheer squad. Apparently, he participated to meet women, because Morehouse is a school for men. During his days at school, he joined a local acting troupe to get points in a class to become a marine biologist. This spurred his interest and he decided to switch majors and eventually obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Drama degree. He has now become a phenomenal artist. 

Samuel L. Jackson

Jesse James Decker

Over the years after she became a cheerleader at the age of fifteen, Jesse James Decker has continued to develop but it has always been at the side of her passion for music. She was rejected after auditioning by Nashville labels in the same year, although it was her experiences there that made her feel better. In a couple of years, Decker composed and performed hit songs, and started to gain attention. Together with her partner, retired NFL wide receiver Eric Decker, she has since shown up, in reality, TV shows and got caught up with fashion design. In the end, Decker launched a clothing line called Kittenish online. Kittenish opened its first physical location in February 2019 in Nashville, Tennessee. A second branch is located near Destin, Florida.         

Jesse James Decker

 

 Lucy Hale

Years before she became known in Pretty Little Liars for her character as Aria Montgomery, Lucy Hale had been a school cheerleader. Since she was young, it seems, she’s been engaged in singing and acting and starred as a contestant in the American Juniors singing TV show. Hale made her official debut with The Sisterhood of Traveling Pants 2 on the silver screen in 2008 and hasn’t looked back ever since. While she has not yet achieved mainstream music success, she describes it as her “first love” and released an album called Road Between, in 2014. 

Lucy Hale

Steve Martin

We all recognize him in blockbuster films like The Pink Panther and Father of the Bride, with his brilliant performances. What we didn’t know, though, is that Steve Martin was also a member of his Garden Grove, California high school cheerleading squad. The comedian even tried to write silly cheers for his team to perform but, to put it frankly, they weren’t too impressed with them. This guy is not only an actor and a comedian but also a filmmaker, musician, and author, what a talented man! 

Steve Martin

Sally Field

There is no doubt that, during her 50 plus year professional life, Sally Field has come a long way. She has not only acted in hit movies like Forrest Gump and Mrs. Doubtfire, but she has two Academy Awards to her credit too! However, what many local viewers do not know is that when she was younger, the talented actress, who also had big TV roles in shows like The Flying Nun and Gidget, actually loved performing as a cheerleader as well. She also performed in Van Nuys, California, at Birmingham High School.  

Sally Field

Reese Witherspoon

It seems like Reese Witherspoon has been doing this for decades and yet, she seems like she’s been the same age for the last 30 years to this very day! She has not only appeared in movies like Legally Blonde but also won an Academy Award for her performance Johnny Cash film adaptation Walk the Line. The astounding actress shared this photo on the good old days ‘ social media when she was performing at her school as a cheerleader. She had become an advocate centered on women and children and even owns a clothing line mainly for them and continues to support and help those who are needing assurance and safety. 

Reese Witherspoon

Nene Leakes

We have Nene Leakes here before the fame and fortune of the successful E! Real House Wives Of Atlanta reality television show. And it is now clear to us why Leakes ‘ series is so spunky and spirited. From a very young age, it was clear that the tv personality stirring up lots of people and programs, but everything started in grade school. Also, with her comfortable pose showcasing her pom-poms everything just looks normal.  

Nene Leakes

Jessica Simpson

In her years at Richardson North Junior High School in Texas, and married to an NFL free agent, it really seems destined that Simpson had been a cheerleader. Despite Simpson dropping out of high school at the age of 15 to pursue her dream to be a singer, Cowboys fans still recall the blonde as the supposed greatest cheerleader of Tony Romos. Simpson dropped out J.J. Pearce High School after impressing then-Columbia Records executive Tommy Mottola, who immediately signed her for a record deal.  

Jessica Simpson

Kendall Jenner

She changed into her uniform and escaped by competitive dancing, better known as cheerleading when fame got too much for the Kardashian clan’s second youngest. Kendall was a cheerleader throughout her high school days but we’re not thinking about just any kind of cheerleader. Kendall was, to be even more specific, for the Sierra Canyon School in the varsity team. The girls in a blue and white uniform were specially equipped to match with the metal pom poms, as shown in the picture below. She’s looking pretty cute and athletic in that outfit, though.   

Kendall Jenner

Kylie Jenner

You probably know Kylie Jenner for her career on reality TV as well as her venture into the world of cosmetics. While she is now a global star, that wasn’t always the case, of course. Back in her school days, she, along with her equally famous sister, Kendall, was a cheerleader. It’s crazy to think that this was the reality less than 10 years ago. Nowadays, Kylie is a billionaire and a mom too! What a glow up!

Kylie Jenner

Kylie Jenner

Cynthia Bailey

Back when she attended Deshler High School in Alabama, Cynthia Bailey was a cheerleader for her team. Since then, she’s gone on to become a famous reality TV star and actress. She left Alabama at age 18 and moved to New York in order to pursue her modeling career. Clearly, things worked out for her, that’s for sure! In addition to acting, she’s done some modeling like she wanted to. Today, she’s been working on all kinds of projects. From being a judge on Miss Universe to opening a wine bar, she’s doing very well for herself.

Cynthia Bailey

Cynthia Bailey

Jessie James Decker

Jessie James Decker began her career as a country-pop singer early. She was auditioning with Nashville labels at age 15 while she was a freshman in high school. Of course, she was also cheerleading at that time. While she was rejected by labels at that point, she never gave up. Within a few years, she gained recognition for her hit songs. On top of that, she made a name for herself on reality television as well.

Jessie James Decker

Jessie James Decker

Kenza Zouiten Subosic

The Swedish blogger, influencer, and founder of fashion label, IvyRevel, Kenza actually did all-star cheerleading! She went to the gym Twisters Cheer Elite in Stockholm. Nowadays, she runs her blog which is one of Sweden’s most viewed blogs, and is also a model. She’s appeared on the cover of numerous magazines such as VeckoRevyn, Frida, Solo, and Cafe. Not to mention, she’s a mother of two.

Kenza Zouiten Subosic

Kenza Zouiten Subosic

Emma Chamberlain

YouTube star, Emma Chamberlain, in another celebrity on our list who did competitive cheerleading. When she was in middle school and high school, she was on the cheerleading and track teams. She performed competitive cheer for five years – she was a member of the California All-Stars Senior Pink cheer team. However, she left high school during the first semester of her junior year by passing the California High School Exit Exam. Today, she’s focusing on her YouTube career as well as her own online mail-order coffee company, Chamberlain Coffee.

Emma Chamberlain

Emma Chamberlain

George W. Bush

Did you know that the former U.S. president used to be a cheerleader? In high school (Phillips Academy Andover) and university (Yale), George W. Bush was a cheerleader. In fact, he was the head cheerleader for a while in the early 1960s. On top of cheerleading, Bush played baseball as well. After he graduated Yale with a Bachelor of Arts degree in history, Bush went on to do his master’s at Harvard. He got an MBA degree in Business. In fact, he’s the only U.S. president to have earned an MBA.

George W. Bush

George W. Bush

Ronald Reagan

In high school, Ronald Reagan developed an interest in acting, sports, and storytelling. Once he graduated, he enrolled in Eureka College in Illinois, a liberal arts school. There, he became a member of the Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity, a cheerleader. He majored in economics and sociology. As we all know, he went on to become the president of the United States in 1981 after losing the election in 1976 and running again four years later.

Ronald Reagan

Ronald Reagan

Franklin D. Roosevelt

Here we have another U.S. president who happened to have been a cheerleader during his time at Harvard University. On top of that, he became the editor-in-chief of The Harvard Crimson daily newspaper. After getting his A.B. in history, he went on to enroll in Columbia Law School in 1904. However, he dropped out in 1907. Why? Because he had passed the New York bar exam. It wasn’t until 1932 that he became president of the United States.

Franklin D. Roosevelt

Franklin D. Roosevelt

Dwight D. Eisenhower

Dwight D. Eisenhower is yet another U.S. president who was a cheerleader. However, he wasn’t just a cheerleader. He was a boy of many skills. While attending West Point college, he initially began on the football team after not making the baseball team. But he had to quit the team due to an injury he got on the field. He then re-injured the same knee on horseback and in the boxing ring, so he turned to fencing and gymnastics. Later, he served as a junior varsity football coach and cheerleader.

Dwight D. Eisenhower

Dwight D. Eisenhower

Brooke Shields

Despite the fact that Brooke Shields gained worldwide recognition early in life, she stayed in school to finish her education rather than getting home-schooled. In fact, Brooke was a model student who only scored A’s and B’s. When she shot the movie Endless Love, production was shut down twice by the director so she could take her school exams. As if that wasn’t enough, Brooke was a dedicated cheerleader as well.

Brooke Shields

Brooke Shields

Jill Marie Jones

While most of these celebrities only cheered during their school years, Jill Marie Jones did more than that. She went on to cheer for the Dallas Cowboys for two years and also became a dancer for the Mavericks. In 2000, she got a lead role in the TV show, Girlfriends, which went on for six seasons. Once her contract ended, she continued on to star in movies such as The Perfect Holiday and Major Movie Star. Additionally, she appeared in American Horror Story as well.

Jill Marie Jones

Jill Marie Jones

Christina Aguilera

You probably know who Christina Aguilera is. The Mickey Mouse Club alumnus has definitely made a name for herself over the years. Nowadays, the talented singer is a judge on the TV show The Voice. However, before she became her famous self, she was on the cheerleading squad in her middle school in Pennsylvania. Still, her time on the squad was rather short since she quit the squad in order to pursue singing. Clearly, she made the right decision.

Christina Aguilera

Christina Aguilera

Phyllis Smith

You might only know her from her quiet role on The Office, but Phyliss Smith has quite an exciting past. In the 1970s and 1980s, Phyllis worked as a dancer, a cheerleader for the St. Louis Cardinals football team, and a burlesque performer. However, she suffered a knee injury that forced her to quit. After that happened, she worked in Hollywood as an actress and in casting. As a matter of fact, she’d been working as a casting associate on The Office when she was offered the role of Phyllis Vance, a character that was made specifically for her.

Phyllis Smith

Phyllis Smith

Sela Ward

Before she became an actress, author, and producer, Sela Ward was a cheerleader at University. She cheered for the Crimson Tide football team of the University of Alabama. Once she graduated and earned her fine arts and advertising degree, she decided to pursue an acting career. She had her big break by playing the role of Teddy Reed in the famous NBC series, Sisters. She went on to win an Emmy for her performance in the role.

Sela Ward

Sela Ward

Calista Flockhart

From an early age, Calista Flockhart was used to being in the spotlight. Back when she attended Shawnee High School in New Jersey, she was a cheerleader. In the ’80s, she attended the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University. There, she met a fellow actress, Jane Krakowski. The two ended up starring together in Ally McBeal later on before going their separate ways. They both had incredibly successful careers as actresses.

Calista Flockhart

Calista Flockhart

Sandra Bullock

Sandra Bullock had once been a cheerleader leading pep rallies at Washington-Lee High School before she even became an award-winning actress. Located in the heart of Arlington Virginia, the Blind Side star Sandra Bullock attended Washington-Lee High School.  Prior to graduating in the class of 1982, Bullock also participated in the theater productions of her school. Because of her “friendly and direct and so unpretentious” character, Bullock has been nicknamed “America’s sweetheart” in the media since her acting debut and perhaps that’s why she was part of the cheerleading squad.

Sandra Bullock

Madonna

Years before she became widely recognized as the Material Girl, Madonna grew up as a child of Italian – American Blue-collar immigrants in Detroit. When Madonna was attending Rochester Adams High School, she was a member of the cheerleading squad, as well as a straight-A student. Even though she did receive a dance scholarship from Michigan University, Madonna dropped out in 1978, moving to New York City. And it was there that the young artist began developing into an iconic star in pop music. And according to Billboard, Madonna is the most successful solo artist in the history of their Hot 100 chart. Now she also holds the record in Australia, Canada, Italy, Spain, and the United Kingdom for the most number-one singles by a female artist. 

Madonna

Brooklyn Decker

Even at the age of 30 Brooklyn Decker, a model-turned-actress, will potentially already pass for a cheerleader in high school. In Charlotte, North Carolina, Decker attended and cheered for Butler High School in 2005. Decker was not only a member of the spirit squad but she was also the senior class president of her school. Do we wonder if she is in charge of organizing her 10-year reunion? Then perhaps, after one look at the famous actress and supermodel, we ‘re sure all of her classmates will be green with envy. And it’s no wonder she was named as one of the “100 Hottest Women of All-Time” by Men’s Health.  

Brooklyn Decker

Kirk Douglas

Kirk Douglas actually went up to high school fame before becoming a world-renowned star when he joined the cheerleading squad. His skills and abilities were mastered at his local high school, Amsterdam High School, in Amsterdam, New York. He focused on renewing his spiritual and religious life after barely surviving a helicopter crash in 1991 and then having a stroke in 1996. He remained with his second wife, the producer Anne Buydens, until his death at the age of 103 on February 5, 2020. A centenarian, he was one of the last remaining actors in the Golden Age of the movie industry.  

Kirk Douglas

Halle Berry

Halle Berry, daughter of a hospital manager and psychiatric nurse, did it all at Bedford High School in Cleveland, where she was a cheerleader, honor student, school newspaper editor, and was also a prom queen. Berry made her TV debut in 1989, and two years later, in Spike Lee ‘s film Jungle Fever, she came out on a big screen. Around 2001, for her performance in Monsters Ball, the talented actress became the first African-American to receive an Academy Award for Best Actress. As of February 2019, she became an executive producer of the Boomerang TV series BET, based on the film she acted in.  

Halle Berry

Eva Longoria

Cheerleading was not only an extracurricular activity she loved for Mexican – American actress Eva Longoria, but also one that promptly incorporated into a successful career in Hollywood. At Roy Miller High School, in Corpus Christi, Texas, Longoria was a cheerleader and she managed to cheer at Texas A&M-Kingsville throughout her college years. Longoria won the Miss Corpus Christi pageant in 1998, in which a theatrical agent in Los Angeles spotted her. Longoria, in the ABC series Desperate Housewives, is best known for her role as Gabrielle Solic. Longoria has appeared in a number of advertising campaigns. She has even been named one of Hollywood’s most beautiful women by several publications, including People en Español and People magazines.    

Eva Longoria

Denise Richards

Denise Richards has been through many changes since she grew up as an athletic tomboy in Illinois. It was before she moved to Oceanside California with her family and became a cheerleader for El Camino High School. Since graduation, Richards spent most of the 1990s taking on parts in films like Saved By The Bell and Married With Children before she met Charlie Sheen, her former husband. She could have been the one who taught him to spell W-I-N – N-I-N – N-G, given her cheering experience.  The appearance of Richards has often been the subject of mass media. So it’s no surprise that Richards is popular on social media and endorses products such as personalized cards, beauty products, and wellness and skin care solutions on Instagram.

Denise Richards

Olivia Munn

Even though Munn was brought up primarily in Japan where her stepfather was stationed in the Air Force, her roots in Oklahoma run deep. This should go without saying that cheerleading is an element of the history of the actress. After her mother and stepfather split up, Munn eventually moved back to Oklahoma City where she started cheering for North High School in Putnam City. Munn moved to Los Angeles after graduating with a degree in journalism and soon began working in show business securing the lead in Iron Man. After which she started to gain several other opportunities to act in many movies.  

Olivia Munn

Olivia Munn

Alicia Silverstone

This photo is highlighting the fact that Alicia Silverstone has always been and will always be a treasure of the whole of America. Alicia looks even more patriotic in her red white and blue uniform, with her luscious long blonde locks, baby blue eyes, and ruby red lips. Born to British parents in San Francisco, the Clueless actress polished her performance skills by cheering on her fellow Bearcats, at San Mateo High School. And perhaps, she never thought her cheerleading background would lead to a Hollywood career. She continued to perform in film, television and on stage.    

Alicia Silverstone

Jennifer Lawrence

It’s the Hunger Games star Jennifer Lawrence that we believed, instead of fried chicken, to be the best thing to come out of Kentucky. Lawrence had a very busy extracurricular schedule, who grew up in Louisville, Kentucky. She played softball, basketball, field hockey During J-Law’s high school years and was also a member of the cheering squad during her high school years. Lawrence has made an appearance in big-budget movies, such as Silver Linings Playbook and X-Men: First Class after she graduated and moved up in the ranks of Hollywood. Lawrence won many awards and had several nominations for her performance, which we could say are very magnificent!  

Jennifer Lawrence

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