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Monday, September 19, 2011

Minka Dumont Kelly

Minka Dumont Kelly,  born June 24, 1980 is an American actress. She starred in the NBC series Friday Night Lights as Lyla Garrity from 2006 to 2009 and has continued on with roles in The Roommate and the upcoming series Charlie's Angels. Early life Kelly was born Minka Dumont Dufay in Los Angeles. She is the only child of former Aerosmith guitarist Rick Dufay and Maureen Dumont 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. She is of Irish and French descent. Career When she was 19, after graduating from Valley High School in Albuquerque,[6] Kelly returned to Los Angeles. While on a test shoot for a modeling agency, she was approached by a former Playboy Playmate interested in managing her, and who placed Kelly as a receptionist at a surgeon's office who would provide Kelly breast augmentation in exchange for hours worked. She ultimately decided against the procedure, leading to her being fired. However, the exposure to the medical field prompted her to attend school for a year to become a surgeon's assistant; afterward, she worked as a scrub tech. She spent four years in that vocation while also auditioning as an actress before landing the new NBC television drama Friday Night Lights, based on the high school football movie of that name. In the interim, she had small roles in movies and shows, including the film State's Evidence, and a recurring guest role on the TV sitcom 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 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.[8] Kelly was the lead actor on The CW's 2009 pilot Body Politic, which did not go to series. Kelly was a member of the ensemble quartet that starred in the CBS comedy pilot Mad Love, playing Kate, a Midwestern girl who falls in love with Henry at the top of the Empire State Building, but was replaced by Sarah Chalke. Kelly appeared with Alyson Hannigan, Jaime King, Emily Deschanel, and Katharine McPhee in a video slumber party featured on FunnyorDie.com to promote regular breast cancer screenings for the organization Stand Up 2 Cancer. In 2010, ABC announced that Kelly would join the cast of the upcoming remake of the television series Charlie's Angels. Personal life Kelly dated Dylan Brazil in 2005, and had relationships with actors Chris Evans and Donald Faison. She dated musician John Mayer from September 2007 to January 2008. From May 2008 to August 2011, she dated baseball player Derek Jeter. Filmography 2004 Turbo-Charged Prelude uncredited 2005 Devil's Highway River 2006 The Pumpkin Karver Tammy Boyles State's Evidence – The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift uncredited 2007 The Kingdom Ms. Ross 2009 (500) Days of Summer Autumn 2011 The Roommate Sara Matthews Nominated — MTV Movie Award for Best Scared-As-Shit Performance Nominated — Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Actress in a Drama Just Go With It Joanna Damon Searching for Sonny Eden Mercer post-production List of television credits 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 2006–2009 Friday Night Lights Lyla Garrity Major role 2009 Body Politic Frankie Unaired CW pilot 2010–2011 Parenthood Gaby Recurring role 2010 Entourage Herself Season finale Mad Love Kate Unaired episode 2011 Charlie's Angels Eve French ABC

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