21 Celebrities Who Were Once Cheerleaders (PHOTOS)

21 Celebrities Who Were Once Cheerleaders (PHOTOS)

2, 4, 6, 8, who do we appreciate? Celebrities, apparently. We love their spirited performances in films and concerts, but long before many of today's famous faces (like Madonna, above center) were strutting stilettos on stage or the red carpet, they were shaking their pom-poms as middle school and high school cheerleaders.

Click through for 21 celebs who rah-rah-rahed for their home teams. Tell us: Which celebrity cheerleader on this list surprises you most?

 

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  • Sandra Bullock

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    The 51-year-old actress cheered for Washington-Lee High School in Arlington, Virginia, and recently revealed that she still has the uniform after all of these years! "That might come in handy some sexy night," she joked, adding, "I don't know who I'm saving it for. I want to be buried in it."

  • Eva Longoria

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    The Desperate Housewives star was a cheerleader at her Texas high school and university. If this recent photo of her reliving her cheering days in a bikini is any indication, she's still got it!

  • Kirsten Dunst

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    It must have been no big stretch for the actress to play a cheerleader in Bring It On, since she actually was one during her high school years in Los Angeles.

  • Jessica Simpson

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    Her cheerleading career was short-lived, since Jessica Simpson dropped out of school to focus on her music career, but her time spent cheering for the football team at her Texas middle school probably came in handy years later when she dated quarterback Tony Romo.

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  • Megan Fox

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    She may have played a cheerleader in the film Jennifer's Body, but Megan Fox first learned to shake a pom-pom on her Florida high school's cheerleading squad.

  • Jennifer Lawrence

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    Before she was crushing it as a movie star, Jennifer Lawrence was just another pretty cheerleader at her Kentucky high school.

  • Meryl Streep

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    Is there anything that the three-time Oscar winner can't do? In addition to being a cheerleader, Meryl Streep was also homecoming queen at her New Jersey high school.

  • Amy Poehler

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    As a teenage cheerleader at her Massachusetts high school, Amy Poehler sported big hair and a big smile.

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  • Blake Lively

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    The actress had a very different high school experience, which included cheerleading, than her Gossip Girl character, Serena, did.

  • Cameron Diaz

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    With her bubbly personality and blond hair, it's not hard to imagine a young Cameron Diaz cheering on her high school team as a teenager in California.

  • Madonna

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    The Material Girl looked adorable as a cheerleader at her Detroit high school and later showed her love for the sport with her "Give Me All Your Luvin'" music video.

  • Reese Witherspoon

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    The Wild actress posted this #TBT Instagram pic of her middle school cheerleading days.

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  • Snooki

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    Anyone doubting Snooki's cheerleading prowess just has to watch this recent video she posted of her doing an impressive split kick in a pool.

  • Halle Berry

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    Not content on being the captain of the cheerleading squad at her Ohio high school, Halle Berry was also the class president and editor of the school newspaper.

  • Dakota Fanning

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    It's amazing that Dakota Fanning was able to squeeze in cheerleading at her California high school, even with her wildly successful career as a child and teenage actress.

  • Alicia Silverstone

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    The actress definitely wasn't "clueless" about cheerleading! Before she was Cher Horowitz, Alicia Silverstone was just another cheerleader at her California high school. 

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  • Olivia Munn

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    These days, Olivia Munn mostly cheers on her quarterback boyfriend Aaron Rodgers, but she got her start as a high school cheerleader in Oklahoma City.

  • Rachael Ray

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    The celebrity chef honed her upbeat personality as a high school cheerleader in upstate New York.

  • Denise Richards

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    The actress was on her California high school's cheer squad and most recently donned a cheerleading uniform again for the Spike TV show Blue Mountain State.

  • Kelly Ripa

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    As a cheerleader in suburban New Jersey, the TV show host sported a very big '80s bouffant hairdo.

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  • Renee Zellweger

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    The actress was apparently a popular figure at her Texas high school, and her high school boyfriend has spoken fondly of her cheerleading skills, noting, "She was on the varsity cheerleading team her junior and senior year; to be a varsity cheerleader when you're not a senior is impressive." 

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