The Hollywood movie clichés are ubiquitous: Husband leaves wife and children for younger woman, wife falls apart, kids suffer watching their mom collapse, but eventually, somehow, the mom ends up on top and the ex-husband looks like an idiot for leaving the best thing that ever happened to him. They all live happily ever after (except for the husband and the younger wife, who ends up sleeping with her tennis instructor).
Hollywood is making yet another version of the same movie, but this time the story is true and this time, instead of the mom falling apart and dragging her kids into the gutter with her, she was inspired to succeed and set a good example for her daughters.
Laura Vikmanis is now 42, and New Line Cinema will be making a film about how she became the oldest cheerleader ever in the NFL. The screenplay will be written by the team who wrote the animated film “Gnomeo and Juliet.”
Vikmanis first tried out to be a Bengals cheerleader at the age of 39, a year after her husband left her for a younger woman. She made it onto the squad a year later and now she cheers side-by-side with women she could easily have babysit (or birthed) back in the day.
She said she felt lost after her divorce and upon meeting a Bengals cheerleader (a Ben-Gal, as they’re called) during a dance class, she decided to audition to try and inspire her teenage daughters.
“I look at myself as a role model for my children to show them no matter what age or what dream you have, you can work really hard and achieve it,” she told a newspaper last year, according to Yahoo Sports.
It has all the makings of a classic Hollywood happy ending. Particularly when the movie pans to the bitter ex-husband in the stands at a Bengals game watching his ex-wife cheer on a victorious team while his new wife is too busy sexting her yoga instructor to pay attention to his misery.
Are you inspired by Laura Vikmanis’ story?