Minka is ranked #90 in the "100 Hottest Brunettes of AIM".
Minka is in Maxim's The Hottest Women of Fall TV ´08 for her role as Lyla Garrity in Friday Night Lights.
To prepare herself for her role in Friday Night Lights, she worked with the cheerleading squad from the Pflugerville High School in Texas and learned how to cheer.
In February 2008 Minka and David Annable were in Cuba to entertain our troops as part of a U.S.O. tour.
Minka dated musician John Mayer from September 2007 through January 2008.
She has more recently been linked romantically to Yankee's shortstop Derek Jeter and actor Topher Grace.
Her grandfather is actor Richard Ney, husband of Academy Award winning actress, Greer Garson.
She has made the Hot 100 list in Maxim magazine for three consecutive years: #42 in 2007, #54 in 2008, and #84 in 2009.
After moving out of Albuquerque, she moved to LA to live with her father. As of 2006, she still resides in Los Angeles, California
During her childhood, she harbored the resentment that her father abandoned her and her mother. When she was 17, she had a change of heart about her father. She was ready to move past the anger. More importantly, she was ready to connect with the man with whom she had only met, but never really knew.
In school, she trained to become a surgical technologist.
While she was growing up, she wanted to find a career who would allow her to express or release her emotions. It's the main reason why she selected acting as a full-time profession.
Minka Kelly: I like making material that people can relate to and see how I'm going through it or my character deals with it. I think the drama can connect with someone more than a sitcom.
Minka Kelly: When I went to high school in Albuquerque, there weren't many sports in my life. My mom and step dad weren't into sports at all. I was very sheltered from all that. I didn't grow up going to football games and I didn't know any football teams. Now I'm a huge fan. I love football. Whenever I'm surfing channels, now that I do understand it, I have that attraction watching. It's a lot of fun for me now. I get another chance with that, too.
Minka Kelly: I found myself more attracted to the drama. It's a lot more real, at least for me. I believe in it more for real life. Sitcom is a lot of fun, but it's a lot of slapstick. I like making material that people can relate to and see how I'm going through it or my character deals with it. I was in high school, I was so eager to be a grownup. I was so ready to get out of there. Now I'm able to embrace life and those experiences.
When you're actually in high school, you deny that whole experience especially if it's not a great experience as it was in my case. Now I'm a com- pletely different person, I'm able to identify and understand the troubles that you go through in high school and act them out honestly.
(on her first acting role on "Drake and Josh")
Minka Kelly: That was a lot of fun and it was a good way to start. It's comedy so you get to have fun. It's a great environment because everyone loves to laugh.
Minka Kelly: In acting classes, you can choose scenes to act those things out. In everyday life, you're supposed to be this happy, normal person. I'm really big into passion and love and expressions. Acting allows me to display it.
(on her first acting class)
Minka Kelly: I got completely hooked. I fell in love. My first acting class changed my entire life and I just kept taking classes from there.
(on her relation with her father)
Minka Kelly: I wanted to know who he was. He was in L.A. and he came out to New Mexico. When I was ready to get out of Albuquerque (after high school), he gave me an option to stay with him. I moved out to L.A. and stayed with him. He became my best friend. He's taught me so much.
(on the role of her dad during her childhood)
Minka Kelly: I didn't really grow up with my dad. I met my dad a couple of times throughout my life. When my mom was pregnant with me, he was in Aerosmith and didn't want to have anything to do with it. It was pretty much my mom and me; the two of us. I was really mad at him for leaving.