Daughter of former Aerosmith guitarist Rick Dufay, gorgeous Minka Kelly was born in Los Angeles but spent her childhood and high school years with her mother and stepfather in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Following reconciliation with Dufay, Minka moved to Los Angeles in the late 1990s to live with her father and begin the climb to the top.
Acting classes led to bit parts on television, such as the Nickelodeon show "Drake & Josh," in which Minka appeared on an episode in the show's inaugural season. Her movie debut was in the low budget 2005 thriller from director Fabien Pruvot called "Devil's Highway." But when "Friday Night Lights" director Peter Berg was casting regulars for the TV series spin-off for NBC, he spotted Minka. In the pivotal role of cheerleader Lyla Garrity, Minka suddenly became a favorite of photographers on the red carpet and a regular on hot lists.
Peter Berg also brought Minka on for a brief role as a Washington D.C. schoolteacher in his action thriller "The Kingdom." Minka has been linked with Chris Evans and John Mayer, a relationship that ended in January 2008. While Mayer has been established for quite some time now, Minka's star is steadily rising, and will no doubt emerge in full force in the next decade.
Minka Kelly Slideshow
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Minka Kelly Videos
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Minka on the Web
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TV Guide: Minka Kelly
Recent news, photos and TV listings of Minka.
"Friday Night Lights" Bio
Minka's bio and photo gallery of her from the NBC show.
Minka Kelly Fan
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Minka on the Screen
While "Friday Night Lights" was Minka's bread and butter for a couple seasons and the catalyst for Minka's rising celebrity status, she worked her way up in cameos on television comedies like "Cracking Up" (a one-season FOX comedy from Mike White) and the Amanda Bynes sitcom "What I Like About You." Before "The Kingdom," she was part of three low budget films – "State's Evidence," "The Pumpkin Karver," and "Devil's Highway."Minka was also in a reimagining of "Single White Female" called "The Roomate" alongside Hollywood looklike Leighton Meester.
On her father:
"I moved out to L.A. and stayed with him. He became my best friend. He's taught me so much."