Friday Night Lights Was Cool, But Minka Kelly’s Real Passion Was Nursing

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There’s no doubt that landing the role of perky cheerleader Lyla Garrity on Friday Night Lights was life-changing for Minka Kelly. But the 38-year-old actress says that her run on the beloved football drama wasn’t the best gig she’s ever worked. Her favorite job wasn’t even in Hollywood—it was in a hospital.

“Before Friday Night Lights, I had so many different jobs—I worked at a check-cashing company, like Check ‘n Go, and at a doctor’s office in Beverly Hills,” Kelly told InStyle when we caught up with her at the Dove Chocolate Cocoa Farmers Market in Santa Monica earlier this month. “And then for four years, up until I started on FNL, I was a scrub nurse at California Hospital.

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