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Minka Kelly

Kelly at the 2007 NBC Upfronts, May 14, 2007
Born June 24, 1980 (1980-06-24) (age 29)
Los Angeles, California
Occupation Actress
Years active 2003–present

Minka Dumont Kelly (born June 24, 1980) is an American actress. She starred in the NBC series Friday Night Lights as Lyla Garrity.


Early life

Kelly was born in Los Angeles, California.[1] She is the only child of former Aerosmith guitarist Rick Dufay[2] and the late[citation needed] Maureen Kelly, a former Vegas showgirl. According to Kelly, her childhood was "pretty rough". She resented Dufay, as he had abandoned her and her mother. However, at seventeen, she decided to try and reconcile by inviting him out to New Mexico.[3] She is of Irish and French descent.[4]


After graduating from high school, Kelly returned to Los Angeles with her father to pursue acting as a hobby while she went to school to become a surgical technician. However, after her first acting class she got "hooked" and began pursuing acting as a career.[3] Success came slowly, and she began her career with small roles in various movies and shows, including the film State's Evidence, and a recurring-guest role on the TV program What I Like About You.[2]

In the spring she was cast as Lyla Garrity on the show Friday Night Lights. In preparation for the role, she trained with the Pflugerville High School cheerleading squad.[1] Kelly has received praise for her acting on Friday Night Lights, with the New York Times calling her performance "heartbreaking".[5]

She shot a cameo for The Kingdom, alongside Jamie Foxx. Peter Berg, the creator and pilot director of Friday Night Lights, directed the film.[6] Kelly is the lead actor on the CW's new pilot Body Politic.

Minka joined forces with Sergio Alvarez, Jaime King, Emily Deschanel, and Katharine McPhee in a video slumber party featured on to promote regular breast cancer screenings for the organization Stand Up 2 Cancer.[7]

Minka Kelly landed a role in the CBS comedy pilot True Love and will play Kate, a Midwestern girl who falls in love with Henry — part of the quartet in the ensemble show — at the top of the Empire State Building. [8]

Personal life

Kelly dated Alex Galvin in 2003[citation needed] and Dylan Brazil in 2005,[9] and had a relationship with actor Chris Evans. She dated musician John Mayer from September 2007 to January 2008. In 2009, it was reported that she was possibly engaged to marry New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter.[10] This was reported false by Jeter on The Late Show with David Letterman on November 5, 2009.



Year Title Role Notes
2004 Turbo-Charged Prelude for 2 Fast 2 Furious uncredited
2005 Devil's Highway River
2006 The Pumpkin Karver Tammy
State's Evidence -
2007 The Kingdom Ms. Ross
2009 500 Days of Summer Autumn
2010 The Roommate Sara post-production


Year Title Role Notes
2004 Cracking Up Monica one episode
Drake & Josh Stacey one episode
2005 American Dreams Bonnie one episode
What I Like About You Ricki three episodes
2006-present Friday Night Lights Lyla Garrity major role
2009-present Body Politic Frankie CW pilot


  1. ^ a b No byline (2007). "Minka Kelly" Retrieved October 2, 2007
  2. ^ a b Sturtz, Rachel (November 2006), "FUNNY JOKE FROM A BEAUTIFUL WOMAN". Esquire. 146 (5):41
  3. ^ a b Dalton, Kyle (October 2006), "Getting a Second Chance". Capital City Sports Report (18):12-14
  4. ^
  5. ^ No byline (2006). "Full Biography" Retrieved October 2, 2007
  6. ^ Hefferan, Virginia (December 29, 2006), "You Can Find 'Friday Night Light' on Monday, Tuesday … Even Friday Night". New York Times. 156 (53808):E37
  7. ^ Kate Stanhope (1 October 2009). "Deschanel, Hannigan and Others Cop a Feel for a Cause". Retrieved 2009-10-01. 
  8. ^ "It's True Love for Minka Kelly". 
  9. ^ Savvy staff writers (2006). "Minka Kelly" Retrieved October 2, 2007
  10. ^

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