Turns out there were no cheerleaders at her high school at all.
The Canadian-born Cuthbert blames her lack of good cheer on cultural differences between Canada and the U.S. and admits the only girls that cheered lived in the cities and never competed.
So she had to rely on something just as appropriate for inspiration: Her bratty little sister.
As Cuthbert puts it, I based her (Nina) on my sisters rough-and-tough attitude and how I think cheerleaders would act.
But the 23-year-old actress admits trying to be a cheerleader wasnt nearly as challenging as trying to play a 17-year-old girl.
As Cuthbert puts it, It was such a weird, surreal experience trying to go back to high school that was a long time ago.
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