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20 Celebrities Who Were Cheerleaders Before Making It Big

Back in high school, when many celebrities were still students, most of them were into cheerleading. Let's take a look at these 20 celebrities who were cheerleaders before they shot to fame!

1. Sandra Bullock

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Before playing the role of the cool spy in Miss Congeniality, Sandra Bullock was a cheerleader at Washington-Lee High School in Arlington, Virginia. During her high school years, Bullock joined as many sports teams as she did theater productions.

2. Megan Fox

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Before Megan Fox shot to fame by starring in Transformers, she studied at Morningside Academy in Florida. After being bullied in school, Fox sought comfort through sports and later joined the cheerleading team.

3. Jessica Simpson

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When Jessica Simpson attended Richardson North Junior High School in Texas, she was into cheerleading. However, she quit the sport after being stabbed in the back by her BFF. Yet, she didn't completely give up cheerleading. Years later, she became a Dallas Cowboys cheerleader. 

4. Denise Richards

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When the Saved By The Bell star Denise Richards was little, she was quite a Tomboy. However, after moving to California, she changed her style and joined the El Camino High School cheerleading team.

5. Kelly Ripa

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Soap actress Kelly Ripa has been a performer since she was young. During her school days in Eastern Regional High School, besides attending drama classes, she also enjoyed cheerleading and singing passionately to the crowd.

6. Gabrielle Union

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Gabrielle Union drew a crowd of fans with her role as a cheerleader in Bring It On. She has a lot of experience with cheerleading. In real life, she was the cheerleading superstar in her hometown Pleasanton, California. 

7. Kathie Lee Gifford

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When the TV presenter was still a 14-year-old high school student, Kathie Lee Gifford was already an experienced cheerleader. Other than cheerleading, she also won Maryland's Junior Miss Pageant in 1970.

8. Chrissy Teigen

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Cheerleading is near and dear to the heart of social media maven Chrissy Teigen. When she was in Snohomish High School, she joined the cheerleading squad and enjoyed performing. Even now, she still posts pictures of herself in her Panthers' uniform.

9. Cameron Diaz

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Long before Cameron Diaz became a movie star, she was a bubbly cheerleader in Long Beach Polytechnic High School. Years of practice in the cheerleading team enabled the blond bombshell to use facial expressions and body language flexibly in future auditions.

10. Kirstie Alley

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Back in her high school days, Kirstie Alley was a cheerleader of Wichita Southeast High School in Kansas. Although it is unusual for a cheerleader to have short hair, it helped her to form her character in Cheers that she was cast right after high school.

11. Madonna

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Despite having a rebellious nature, it didn't stop Madonna from being a Straight-A student. At Rochester Adams High School, the pop icon performed excellently in the classroom and in the cheerleading squad. 

12. Renee Zellweger

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Ever since the award-winning actress Renee Zellweger joined the cheerleading team in Katy High School, she has never stopped loving it. Even during the Tonight Show, she showed off her perfect flips and tumbles.

13. Brooklyn Decker

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Actress Brooklyn Decker now seems elegant and mild mannered, but she was never a "good girl" back in Butler High School, North Carolina. She was a senior class president, cheerleader, and troublemaker. She claimed that she was crazy in high school.

14. Diane Sawyer

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Known as America's Junior Miss and renowned journalist, Diane Sawyer was always full of spirit. While studying at Seneca High School back in Louisville, she enjoyed taking part in both artistic activities and on the cheerleading teams.  

15. Lindsay Lohan

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Though Lindsay Lohan rose to fame as a child, she still got some regular time in two high schools in Long Island. During her school days, she joined a cheerleading team in both schools.

16. Christina Aguilera

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The world-class diva Christina Aguilera was also an iconic figure back in North Allegheny Intermediate High School in Pittsburgh. Student cheerleader was not her only title, as she was also a member of the Mickey Mouse Club, which included many other celebrities.  

17. Halle Berry

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Halle Berry, the first African-American to win an Academy Award for Best Actress, was a role model for students. She studied at Cleveland's Bedford High School, where she balanced well participating in cheerleading and also performing well in honors classes. 

18. Jennifer Lawrence

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Besides being an actress, Jennifer Lawrence has tried a lot of different things. She filled her days with cheerleading, softball games, and field hockey scrimmages in high school. She is a sportswoman!

19. Dakota Fanning

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Although Dakota Fanning was often on set, she was still highly involved in high school. She cheered for the North Hollywood's Campbell Hall Episcopal High School varsity cheerleading squad. These experiences were incredibly valuable to her. 

20. Rachael Ray

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Before Rachael Ray became a foodie, she was cheering for Lake George High School in New York. She used to spend her after-school time practicing dance and pom-poms. 

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