Full Name: Minka Dumont Kelly
Date of Birth: June 24, 1980
Birth Location: Los Angeles, CA
Years active: 2004–present
Minka Kelly is an American actress. She was born june 24,1980 in Los Angeles, California and is an only child, the daughter of former Aerosmith guitarist Rick Dufay.
At 19, Maureen Kelly, an exotic dancer and single mother who often moved with her daughter to different communities before settling in Albuquerque, New Mexico, by the time Minka was in junior high school. Kelly has recalled her childhood as “pretty rough”. She resented Dufay, as he had abandoned her and her mother. However, at seventeen, she attempted to reconcile with him by inviting him to New Mexico. She is of Irish and French descent.
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 preparation for her role as cheerleader Lyla Garrity on Friday Night Lights, she trained with the Pflugerville High School cheerleading squad. Kelly received praise for her acting on the series, with the 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.