Actress Minka Kelly attends "Style Your Spring" presented by J.C. Penney at Espace on February 10, 2009 in New York City. (Photo by Rob Loud/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Minka Kelly (Getty Images)more pics »Minka Kelly (born June 24, 1980) is an American actress. She currently stars in the NBC series Friday Night Lights as Lyla Garrity.
Minka Kelly was born in Los Angeles, California. She is an only child and the daughter of former Aerosmith guitarist Rick Dufay. According to Kelly, her childhood was "pretty rough", and she held a resentment for 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.
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. 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.
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. Kelly has received praise for her acting on Friday Night Lights, with the New York Times calling her performance "heartbreaking".
She shot a cameo for The Kingdom, alongside Jamie Foxx. Peter Berg, the creator and pilot director of Friday Night Lights, directed the film. Minka Kelly is the lead actor on the CW's new pilot Body politic.
Kelly dated Donald Faison in 2005, and had a relationship with actor Chris Evans, as well. In September 2007, she began dating musician John Mayer. Their break-up was reported by People.com on January 9, 2008. In October 2008, she was seen at the University of Texas vs Missouri game with latest beau New York Yankees' shortstop Derek Jeter.
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