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Minka Kelly Biography

Minka Kelly was born in Los Angeles on June 24, 1980, and it's really no surprise that she ended up in an industry in which entertaining others is the main purpose -- her father was a guitarist for Aerosmith, and her mother was a Las Vegas showgirl. It seems as if living the life of an entertainer was her destiny.

minka kelly enters modeling
From an early age, Minka’s beauty was noticed as she successfully appeared in many modeling campaigns and television commercials. Her love for acting started out as a hobby, but soon blossomed into a passion that would be unmatched by any other potential career choice. She returned to her birthplace of Los Angeles shortly after finishing high school in Albuquerque, New Mexico, to follow her dreams.

Though success was not immediate, Minka Kelly soon landed speaking parts on Nickelodeon’s Drake and Josh and on FOX’s Cracking Up. These first few roles, though minor, began to pave the way to future acting gigs. In the time after her first two television appearances, she appeared alongside Natassia Malthe in the 2005 film Devil’s Highway and the television show American Dreams. Also in 2005, Minka Kelly subsequently landed a recurring role on the WB sitcom What I Like About You, which stars Amanda Bynes.

minka kelly on friday night lights
Minka’s big break came in the spring of 2006, when she landed the role of Lyla Garrity on Friday Night Lights. To prepare for her role as head cheerleader, she trained with the cheerleading squad from the Pflugerville High School in Texas.

She appeared in the flick The Kingdom in 2007 and dated John Mayer. As for 2008, the only project on deck for Minka Kelly is 500 Days of Summer.


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