Daughter of Aerosmith guitarist Rick Dufay, actress Minka Kelly was raised in New Mexico and started her acting career with roles in projects like the movie State's Evidence and with a recurring role on the show What I Like About You. In 2006, she was cast as head cheerleader Lyla Garrity on the series Friday Night Lights, a show based on the movie of the same name, about a small town in Texas where high-school football is among the most important things in life. In 2007, she took a role in the Jamie Foxx political thriller The Kingdom. She appeared in the romantic comedy (500) Days of Summer (2009) and then reteamed with her FNL creator Jason Katims for his new show Parenthood for a recurring role in 2010 and 2011. In 2011, she had parts in The Roommate and the Adam Sandler comedy Just Go With It and starred in the short-lived TV remake of Charlie's Angels. Kelly tried with yet another series in 2013 on the FOX sci-fi drama Almost Human.
Biography by Cammila Collar
- Has appeared in commercials for Old Navy and Johnson & Johnson, and modeled in ads for a Madge Cosmetics campaign.
- Trained with University of Texas and Texas State University cheerleaders for her role as Lyla Garrity in the football drama Friday Night Lights.
- First big-screen role came with 2007 thriller The Kingdom, starring Jamie Foxx and Jennifer Garner.
- Reunited with Friday Night Lights director Jason Katims on his show Parenthood, playing the recurring role of Gaby in seasons 1 and 2.