Before turning goth and scaring the nuns at her Catholic girls' high school with her black lipstick, Melissa McCarthy was a cheerleader. She tells the New York Times what ended her pom pom shaking days:
"I remember being in a pep rally, and I heard one of the coaches of the boys' teams making a dumb joke about the dumb cheerleaders, and I thought, Are you kidding me? I'm out there doing back handsprings and aerials on blacktop to cheer for your stupid team that, by the way, is not doing that well. And you're in here with the guys making fun of it? I was like, I'm done."