‘Cheer’ Star Jerry Harris Launches ‘Mat Talk’ Series on Instagram Stories

Jerry Harris of the hit Netflix docuseries Cheer is taking his ‘mat talk’ to social media. Launching a limited series on Instagram Stories, the 21-year old college student is partnering with a major brand to bring awareness to child hunger.

La’Darius Marshall, Monica Aldama, Gabi Butler, and Jerry Harris of 'Cheer' attend the Build Series
La’Darius Marshall, Monica Aldama, Gabi Butler, and Jerry Harris of ‘Cheer’ | Jim Spellman/Getty Images

Jerry Harris partners with Cheerios

Known for his positivity and encouraging spirit, Harris recently teamed up with Cheerios in their effort to end child hunger. The General Mills company recently donated $1.3 million to No Kid Hungry and recruited Harris to help spread the word of their mission to help children in need. The Cheer star spoke Showbiz Cheat Sheet about his own experience growing up with food insecurity.

“I love their overall message to spread positivity and I love their relationship with No Kid Hungry,” Harris told Showbiz Cheat Sheet of the Cheerios brand. “With me experiencing hunger as a child, I immediately had to jump on it because I want to try to help as many people as possible. I dealt with food insecurity, you know, not knowing where my next meal will be or what I will have for dinner. It was very hard at the time.”

Harris noted that with the coronavirus crisis forcing various schools to remain online, many children are going without vital meals.

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“I know these kids are dependent on a lot of those school lunches and breakfasts,” Harris explained, commenting on the repercussions of school shutdowns. One in four kids could face hunger of this year because of it. It’s really sad. That’s why I’m very happy that Cheerios gave a $1.3 million donation to No Kid Hungry to try to help as many people as they can. My hope, the hope with me sharing the personal things that I’ve been through and with me experiencing food insecurity, I hope it helps the next person.”

‘Cheer’ star launches ‘Mat Talk’ series

Now with a fan base of 1.2 million followers on Instagram (and growing), the Cheer fan favorite is sharing his mission to end child hunger as well as his irresistible positivity on his new “Mat Talk” series.

“You know, it’s been a very difficult year for so many of us,” Harris told Showbiz Cheat Sheet. “I was very excited to collaborate with Cheerios on what I do best, and that’s cheer people on, of course, and inspire them to be the best versions of themselves, despite whatever adversity they may face.”

The Netflix star’s followers can catch his new series on his Instagram Stories from Aug. 11 to Sept. 1.

“Each of my morning motivation “Mat Talks” will focus on a different way to inspire positivity,” Harris said. “It’s my hope that they will help lift people up and empower them through their day.”

‘Mat Talk’ Jerry on his newfound fame

Famous for his trademark ‘mat talk’ that has become an inspirational phenomenon, Harris reveals that he also has an introspective side.

“I’m an ordinary person, OK? I’m very ordinary. You know, my mat talk comes out a lot,” the Cheer star shared. “It comes out when I’m just having a good time. I may see something that I really like, that I just want to scream and, you know, just cheer somebody on. I like to make people feel good. But there are times where I need to recharge myself and get myself together, and I need some time alone.”

Gaining a celebrity following that includes Reese Witherspoon, Simon Biles, J.J. Watt, and Gabrielle Union, Harris was even recruited by Ellen DeGeneres to work the red carpet at the Oscars. While Harris is clearly a star on the rise, he credits his family and friends for keeping him grounded.

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“I would definitely say it kind of doesn’t really feel real – I’m still the same old Jerry and regular Jerry,” he told Showbiz Cheat Sheet of his recent fame. “My friends and family definitely keep me humble. And I definitely need that, especially during this time, because, you know, a lot of people’s egos can go from zero to a hundred real quick. And I’m not trying to be like that.”

Check out Harris’ Mat Talk Series on Instagram! For more information on No Kid Hungry, click here.