These idols always had a real knack to share, so it isn’t shocking that any time they are put before a camera they can do just about anything. But did you also know that for those successful artists, it all began with cheerleading? Whether they were cheering and shouting at the bleachers, these are the famous faces that shake poms, you can be assured that the crowds screamed out their lungs as they shouted and cheered for whom they cheered!
First of all, Cameron was just a teenager like everybody else, before she was a movie star. This blondie was a peppy cheerleader at Long Beach Polytechnic High School in her teens. It used green and yellow to reflect the school’s colors, but later, for several auditions, these facial expressions proved useful.
You can be certain that Diane Sawyer has definitely had a spirit as a professional cheerleader! The happy and blond Diane belonged to the Cheerleading Seneca High School squad in her home town of Kentucky, Louisville. She spent a couple of years at the World fair advertising the Coca-Cola Pavilion, after her start and eventually transferring the character to TV journalism.
When her father joined the Air Force, Olivia Munn and her family were stationed in Japan. Olivia and her mother moved to Oklahoma after the couple broke up. Munn has been a cheerleader for the North High School team in Putnam City. She then studied journalism at college, and in acting, she found her true niche.
Ciara Princess Wilson at Riverdale High School was not just another cheerleading squad. She was a captain! Ciara is still a major advocate of sport and its benefits. “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,” said Ciara, explaining why as she pursued music, she had to give it up.
Sure, in the movie Bring It On, she played the girl character named Torrance Shipman, but this actress had knowledge about the real cheerleading experience. While attending Laurel High School and Notre Dame High School, she was a pom-girl. Before the hit film came out she was in her own high school team.
George W. Bush
At Phillips Academy, President George W. Bush was both a cheerful captain and a basketball player in Andover, Massachusetts. The political figure, armed with a megaphone and lots of joy, roused the crowds with chants. He went to Harvard Business School and Yale University later on, but this is where it all began.
Currently, her major cheerleading breakthrough was the Mexican-American star, Eva Longoria. Longoria fell in love with being before an audience while performing at Roy Miller High School in Corpus Cristi, TX, as well as at Texas A&M-Kingsville. A visiting LA agent who knew she had something special had found her.
Kathie Lee Gifford
Kathie Lee became a cheerleader at heart by the age of fourteen. She even entered in pageants, apart from cheerleading, and also won Maryland’s Junior Miss Pageant in 1970. She earned a degree in sports and went to Tulsa, Oklahoma, to attend Oral Roberts University. She studied drama and music there.
Among Hollywood’s favorite actresses is Meryl Streep. She is remembered for her on-screen prowess and lovely attitude, the latter of which she learned by cheering at Bernards High School in New Jersey. During her senior year she was a varsity participant, pictorialized here to be very proud of her achievement.
Did you guys know the star was initially a cheerleader at Washington-Lee High School in her birthplace at Arlington, Virginia, before she was Miss Congeniality’s cool spy? She took part in athletics and several of the school’s theater play prior to graduating in 1982. She was holding her attention on the prize!
Once upon a time, this silver-haired comedian had a head of brown locks hanging in the wardrobe and a cheerleader outfit. The California Garden Grove squad had some of the best cheers and was peppy and hilarious. That may be because a lot of them were written by Steve himself, the comedy legend!
Denise was an athletic Tomboy back in her childhood in Illinois. She wanted to change her look and to join the cheering squad at El Camino High School when she moved to Oceanside, California. She appeared in shows such as Saved By The Bell and Married With Children, finally courting Charlie Sheen, her now-ex-husband.
In southern New Jersey, Kelly Ripa grew up as a dancer. While attending Eastern Regional High School, the future soap opera star joined the cheerleading squad, shouting spirited sayings to the crowds. At college, she also took drama lessons. She was told to continue acting by her teacher, Jim Beckley, and she is probably pleased to have followed that advice.
She was just Halle, from Bedford High School in Cleveland, OH, before becoming the first African-American to receive an Academy Award for Best Actress. Berry was a student role model, taking part in cheerleading, honors courses, and the school newspaper. She even won the Prom Queen, and somehow she somehow didn’t peak at high school.
Thanks to her movie, Step Up, starring herself and Channing Tatum, Jenna Dewan is a dancing superstar. Nevertheless, she was a cheer queen in Texas before she was in the franchise. She fell in love with and wanted to try, the physicality of the dance pieces. When dancing backup for Janet Jackson in 2001, she finally got her big break.
Lindsay went to a regular high school in Long Island, NY, following her childhood celebrity status. She attended both Cold Spring Harbor High School and Sanford H. Calhoun High School before transitioning to solely homeschooling, trying on a cheering squad at both schools.
You would know this actress from her involvement with Forrest Gump or Mrs. Doubtfire, but she was presenting well before that. This star was a part of Birmingham High School’s cheering squad in Van Nuys, California. She would be a sensation further on, though, recognized for shows such as The Flying Nun and Gidget.
Born as Stacie Ann Ferguson, Fergie was a favorite star of her high school cheering squad because of her happy personality and beautiful face. Provided that she was a straight-A student at Glen A. Wilson High School, she also challenged the myth that cheerleaders are stupid. She went on to join the Black Eyed Peas later on.
This actress worked on a football field until she left the state at 18 for a position in NYC. The reality TV star and actress cheered for the local team in her home state of Alabama at Deshler High School. For this starlet, the rest is history.
As a cheerleader in Bring It On, Gabrielle Union captivated fans, but she had a great year of knowledge in the role. The queen was a cheerleading superstar in Pleasanton, California. The family was very much engaged in sports, according to her as she even said, “In my family, if you couldn’t talk Cornhusker football, then you don’t get to have an opinion.”
Zellweger was part of a squad of cheerleaders while attending Katy High School in Katy, Texas. In the gymnastics element of the sport, she’s still very involved, once even appearing with Jimmy Fallon on The Tonight Show to show off her flips and tumbles. This girl you can’t hold down!
This athlete from WWE did not always have a fighter’s spirit. It was more like a dancer’s heart when she was the Baltimore Ravens’ professional cheerleader. In 1999 and up until 2001, she moved to WCW. lFrom there the girl became a wwe wrestler and collaborated with WWE exclusively.
Jesse James Decker
Cheerleader or artist… Okay, why not both? The country singer-songwriter, at fifteen, was composing hit singles and conducting interviews for Nashville labels, but she also yelled for the home team on weekends. She has a ton of hit songs now, and she’s also ventured out into the fashion business. She could update some uniforms.
Mandy Moore wore her own cheering outfit before portraying Pom in The Princess Diaries of 2001, carrying Lana Thomas. Her knowledge, however, was a little different, as she cheered for the Pop Warner Football Team. She went on to star in A Walk to Remember after this experience with the cheery world and later, This Is Us.
Miley has been performing since she was born, even though most cheerleaders-turned-actors start performing on the field. She always had a knack for being on stage, as the child of Billy Ray Cyrus. The Cyrus star, however, was once a seven-year-old cheerleader for the Tennessee Premiere soccer team in her hometown before she became Hannah Montana.
Now it seems nuts, but Blake just got into acting because she thought it was going to be good for her mother and father. They’ve been right. While attending Burbank High School, however, she left some spare time for friends, homework, and the cheering squad on her calendar. Between filming her first major movie, Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, she did all of it.
Maybe Amy Poehler is a top-tier comedian, but she was on top of the cheer pyramid once too! The legend of SNL cheered and sang in Massachusetts for Burlington High School. She then went to Boston College and finally went to Chicago, where she not only learned to cheer, but also to laugh.
Danielle Brooks is known for her lead role in Orange Is the New Black, but she was also a part of her high school cheer squad back in high school. Eventually, she quit the team because the short skirts made her feel insecure. Later on, she wrote about her experience on her blog by saying, “Never 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.”
That Clueless heartthrob was one of the school’s “yell leaders” at Overland Park High School in Kansas. He was not only adept at hyping up a crowd, but also president of the Student Body. While in high school, the actor learned how to cartwheel, flip, tumble, and lift a stunt, even though he doesn’t use film skills.
This Legally Blonde Star was at the top of the planet back in the day and on top of the pyramid. Long before fame came into her life, the Walk the Line star was part of her school’s cheerleading team. Here she is, cheering upon the Generals, in a throwback picture shared by Reese herself.
At Winnetka, Illinois’ New Trier High School, Ann was an accomplished singer, spry dancer, and peppy cheerleader, and she was born in Sweden in 1941. Even before she was popular, she happily smiled at the cameras and the fans. The starlet went on to act in pictures like Bye Bye Birdie, Carnal Intelligence, Grumpy Old Men, and The Cheap Detective.
Today, the beautiful Sela Ward may be known for her acting career, but the University of Alabama knows her as one of the prestigious alumni of their cheering squad. Years before she was even on television, the actress was cheering for the Crimson Tide football team. Having studied fine art and advertising, she graduated in 1977.
Was Alicia Silverstone formerly a cheerleader? Just as if! This blonde beauty became known to humans in the cult classic comedy Clueless, for her iconic role as Cher Horowitz, but her teammates knew her as a base stunter. She cheered for San Mateo High School, home of the Bearcats who were fighting! Ah! My! Oh! Oh! Go, squad!
Jayma was actually a high school cheerleader back in the day, although she is Emma Pillsbury, a high school guidance advisor on Glee. She and her team mates are seen here wearing blue and yellow while gladly embracing their Wolves, their school mascot. That smile will make a crowd lighter!
Brooke Shields is known for being one of the prettiest women in the world. She did it all with a smile, whether she was posing for the camera or acting in The Blue Lagoon at Emmeline in the 1980s. The career-defining smile was one that she learned at her private high school in New Jersey from her spirited cheer squad.
In the past decade, Nene Leakes has had a long and successful career as a reality tv star, but before that, for the home team, she was tossing her pom-poms in the air. In both cheering and her career, her spunky personality on and off the field no doubt supported her, seen here wearing a mixture of red and gold colors.
Jennifer Lawrence has tried her hand in a number of media, such as modeling and acting, but did you know she was once a high school student too? Lawrence filled her days with softball games, basketball warm-ups, field hockey scrimmages, and more, apart from cheering sessions. Of all things, she is worthy!
Amsterdam High School in Amsterdam, New York, can rightfully proclaim that Kirk Douglas, the renowned actor, once cheered for the teams to win. During his long life, he has shot over 100 films. These generally consist of styles like serious dramas, westerns from the old school, and war movies.
Paula took it to the next stage as a cheerleader. She was determined not just to excel at Los Angeles’ Van Nuys High School cheering squad, but she was an honor student as well. She dedicated herself to dance after graduation by becoming a Laker Girl, then becoming a head choreographer, and supporting stars on the court, such as Jamaal Wilkes, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and Magic Johnson.
Thanks to her cheering days, Jessica Simpson’s cool-girl spirit is incomparable. Whilst attending Richardson North Junior High School in their home state of Texas, she got into the sport. However when she dropped out of college at the age of 15 to pursue music, she was not there for long, but she finally became a cheerleader for the Dallas Cowboys.
The favorite cast member from Jersey Shore was once a daily teen. In Marlboro, New York, the star began cheering for her school, but it cost her mental health. “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 seventy pounds and I was like, my spot as a flier is going to get taken away. So I ended up starving myself.” recalled Snooki.
In Athens, Georgia, Clarke Central High School was where this Real Housewives star and lawyer began her career. She had all the spunk a cheerleader wants, noticed here in a red, white and gold outfit. When she studied law later on in her adulthood, this fiery spirit was particularly beneficial.
Technically, there was no cheering squad for The Andover, Massachusetts’ Phillips Academy, but it had a step team. Almost the same look and form of cheering seems to happen, but with a new name and less stunting. “It is just another form of cheering.” according to Wilde herself.
ABefore getting her big break, Alley cheered for Wichita Southeast High School in Kansas. At the time, she had much shorter hair, too, which for a cheerleader was rare. However, it must have strengthened her personality, because she was cast on the Cheers show shortly after high school.
She may be the world’s most popular woman today, but she was an insecure teen just a few years ago. The Kardashian sister, Kendall Jenner, was given some relief from the school limelight. You will see her as a cheering squad member for her high school in a blue and white uniform here.
These days, Kathy is a comic, but she used to be a young and entertaining seventeen-year-old cheerleader. In Oak Park, Illinois, Oak Park, and River Forest High School, she got her kicks…literally! And though she later turned to comedy, the spotlight still charmed her.
Dakota was unlike many on this list because, years after she was an established actress, she began cheering. She was already part of shows such as ER, CSI: The Crime Scene Investigation, The Practice, Spin City, Ally McBeal, and more. On their varsity cheering squad, Campbell Hall School had her. Whoo, the Vikings go!
Remember the Ally McBeal star? And as early as cheering for Shawnee High School in her homestate of New Jersey, Calista Flockhart was still performing. Then, she graduated and attended Rutgers University’s Mason Gross School of the Arts, where her career really began to gain momentum.
Cheerleading was actually a primarily male sport up until the 1950s. Choate Preparatory School was where, as with the rest of them, Douglas learned to cheer, chant, tumble, and stunt. As scientist Hank Pym, he followed another former male cheerleader (Paul Rudd) when he was cast in the Marvel movies.
Before she broke hearts in Transformers, Megan attended Morningside Academy in Port St. Lucie, Florida. At her school, the bombshell was mocked, turning to athletics for security. She began acting in movies like Teenage Drama Queen Confessions, where she played a cheerleader!