Who Is Minka Kelly, Trevor Noah’s Girlfriend & ‘Friday Night Lights’ Alum?

With the virtual awards season raging on, all eyes are now on the 2021 Grammys, set to air live from a still-unknown location in Los Angeles on Sunday, March 14. It’s anyone’s guess whether the broadcast will be full of discomfiting technical difficulties, how effective audience-less performances by Megan Thee Stallion, Taylor Swift, Dua Lipa, and more will be, and, of course, who will take home the night’s biggest awards after a very weird year for the music industry. What we do know, however, is that the show will be in good hands with host Trevor Noah, who has mastered the art of non-awkward remote hosting while continuing to churn out episodes of The Daily Show from his New York City apartment.

One person who will almost definitely be cheering Noah on from either backstage at the show’s undisclosed locale or inside the L.A. home they maybe, possibly now share is Minka Kelly, who has been linked to the comedian since last August. They haven’t gone public with their romance—what better time or place than a virtual Grammys broadcast, though (hint, hint!)—but if the tabloids are to be believed, Kelly and Noah are extremely serious about each other. Here’s a crash course on Kelly and her relationship with Noah.

Her breakout role was on Friday Night Lights.

If you have a Netflix login or a fondness for mid-aughts NBC primetime programming, you definitely recognize Kelly as high school cheerleader Lyla Garrity from Friday Night Lights. Though the actress and model, who was raised in L.A. and is the daughter of former Aerosmith guitarist Rick Dufay, appeared in a handful of movies and TV shows prior to being cast on FNL, Lyla was her first major role, and one for which she received widespread critical praise. Clear eyes, full heart, truly can’t lose.

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Minka Kelly in the pilot episode of Friday Night Lights.

(Image credit: NBC)

After breaking out on FNL, Kelly went on to land long-running roles on Parenthood, the short-lived Charlie’s Angels TV reboot, and Almost Human; she currently stars as Dawn Granger, aka Dove, on the DC Comics series Titans. She also starred in cult-favorite thriller The Roommate, appeared as Jackie Kennedy in The Butler, and sent indie kids’ heads spinning at the end of 500 Days of Summer when she introduced herself as Autumn. Gasp!

She’s a professionally trained chef.

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