Minka Kelly Named Esquire's Sexiest Woman Alive 2010

Minka Kelly on the November 2010 cover of Esquire Minka Kelly on the November 2010 cover of Esquire

Minka Kelly has been crowned Esquire’s Sexiest Woman Alive 2010 – and the “Parenthood” star said channeling her sex appeal for the mag’s photo shoot was a new experience.

“I’ve never done a sexy photo shoot before,” she told Esquire. “I’ve never really honestly tapped into that side. It was really liberating. It was exciting. I would look at the pictures, like, ‘That’s me?’”

The small screen bombshell is ready to shake the public’s past ideas about her, saying, “Hopefully people will see that I’m not just a 17-year-old cheerleader from ‘Friday Night Lights.’”

The Esquire spread might be her first racy pictorial, but sex appeal appears to run in the Kelly family.

”[My mother] — for most of my life, she was a dancer. An exotic dancer. She was a stripper. Um, so she would come home at like three, four o’clock in the morning,” Minka revealed.

Minka added that things weren’t always easy for her family — but they made the best of it.

“Sometimes she would have a really great night, and so she would wake me up in the middle of the night and we’d go to Ralphs and go grocery shopping,” she told the mag. “And that was so much fun. We’d have the whole grocery store to ourselves, and we would have a blast and buy a hundred dollars in groceries. And it was just the best day ever. The best day.”

The 30-year-old actress, who is dating New York Yankees star Derek Jeter, said she is ready for the next chapter in her life.

“Done with the twenties. I’m confident — confident in my skin, and I’m cool with my flaws and all that stuff. It just feels nice to be at peace with yourself. I think my thirtieth birthday gave me permission to have all that,” she explained. “The twenties were a pain in the ass — figuring it all out. What am I doing? Where do I go?”

Minka might be living in the Hollywood spotlight and dating a baseball star, but she confessed she prefers quiet nights in.

“My ideal night is dinner at home and a movie, glass of wine. Every time I’m in my sweats and I get my blanket and my pillows and I’m on the couch about to watch a movie, I find myself saying, ‘This is the life,’” she said.

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