What Is La'Darius Marshall From Cheer Doing Now?

The cast of Netflix's "Cheer" went from being unknown beyond the realm of their sport to overnight sensations. The speed with which the cast of teens and twenty-somethings shot to fame was almost unbelievable. One of the most loved cast members is La'Darius Marshall, who was featured as one of the main Navarro cheerleaders on both seasons of "Cheer." As you might already know, especially if you're a fan of the show, each member can only cheer at a junior college for three years (via The Sun). That means that for Marshall, his time is already up.

In the first season, he was seen as a sassy member on and off the mat, but the second season was when the drama really heated up. The veteran cheerleader decided to leave Navarro midway through the season, citing the "toxic" culture, according to Vulture. Marshall was seen bashing Navarro and the head coach, Monica Aldama, both on social media and both on and off the "Cheer" camera

It all ended with Marshall saying that he was quitting cheerleading once and for all, according to The Sun. Here's what he's been up to since then. 

La'Darius Marshall didn't actually retire from cheerleading

Despite La'Darius Marshall stating that he was quitting cheerleading, that didn't actually happen. While he did leave Navarro during the second season of "Cheer," he followed the season up by coaching other cheerleaders. The 24-year-old posts tons of videos on Instagram of himself teaching younger athletes and seems to be loving every minute of it. 

That's not the only way that Marshall keeps his ties to cheerleading, though. According to his Instagram account, he went back to cheering at the NCA All-Star National Championships in 2022, where his team placed first in their division. That must have sparked something in him, because he announced in June 2022 that he would be attending college and cheering at Weber State. 

"Weber state cheerleaders I want to start off by saying that I'm so incredibility [sic] for coming out to visit my potential next college cheer team. I have never had this much fun learning these difficult of skills," Marshall's Instagram post reads. "I couldn't imagine going to any other school than Weber State." He added, "This is only the beginning and I can't wait to see where this year goes, or what journey God has for me."

He has hopes of becoming an actor

Apparently starring on Netflix's "Cheer" sparked a brand new passion in the cheerleader as well. In a shocking twist of events, La'Darius Marshall told Dallas Morning News that he wants to try his hand at acting. Reality star and actor are two completely different things, of course, but he does have that unmatchable dramatic flair.

"I want to act so bad, and I feel like it's time for me to do that," Marshall told the newspaper. "I feel like this year — 2021, no matter what's going on in this world, I'm going to do it. I'm going to be a film star. It's just in my blood." Spoiler alert: that didn't happen. 

As mentioned above, Marshall got back into cheerleading instead of working on his acting career. At the ripe age of 24 and with only a couple more years of eligibility available, who knows what the future has in store for Marshall. 

La'Darius is on good terms with Monica Aldama

If you watched the second season of "Cheer," then you know that La'Darius Marshall's relationship with the head coach of Navarro's cheer team, Monica Aldama, was strained (via Cosmopolitan). As shown in the series, the 24-year-old reality star took to social media to bash his former coach after leaving Navarro. To everyone's surprise, he then showed up at the end of the season to cheer them on at Daytona.

"Can we do something about that? You're trying to ruin our name, but you don't hate it that bad that you're trying to represent us?" Monica said, according to Stylecaster. "I've been really hurt over this because I've gone above and beyond for this kid. I've done more for him than probably anyone at this program that's ever come through because I was determined the boy was going to graduate... I've literally done everything in the world for this kid. Never raised my voice at him. Yet you're going to slander my name? I don't get it. I take it very personal." In the final episode, however, viewers witnessed a heartfelt conversation between the pair in which they appeared to make amends. 

Since the show aired, it looks like Marshall and Aldama are officially back on good terms. They have posed together for Instagram photos, with Marshall even captioning one photo, "No matter what family always seems to find eachother [sic]."

One thing's for sure: You can take a boy out of "Cheer," but you can take the cheer out of the boy.