Minka Kelly

Minka Kelly

Actress and IFAW Ambassador

Minka’s career includes a variety of respected work across film and television. She currently can be seen in the Universal Television/Hulu Original Series The Path, alongside Aaron Paul and Michelle Monaghan.

In film, Minka can be seen in The Butler as American icon Jacqueline Kennedy, Full Circle, The Kingdom, 500 Days of Summer, and many others.

Minka won the hearts of audiences as Lyla Garrity on NBC's hit show, Friday Night Lights, on which she starred from 2006 to 2009. Her success in television continued with a significant recurring role as a behavioral therapist to children with Asperger's Syndrome in another NBC hit, Parenthood. Her other television work includes Man Seeking Woman, Almost Human, and Charlie’s Angels, among others.

Minka is also a philanthropist. After a trip to Ethiopia in 2009, Minka was inspired to help the countless women she met who are unable to provide for themselves and their families. She is a partner with FashionABLE, an organization which creates employment opportunities for women in Africa through the production and sales of clothing and accessories.

In her new role as an IFAW ambassador, Minka is focused on raising awareness of big cat issues such as cub handling and psedo-sanctuaries, and advocating for federal legislation banning private ownership of big cats in the United States.