They're more along the lines of how gracious she is, her fearless, thrill-seeking attitude and her sheer ambition. Above anything, however, we adore the lovely young star because she can act -- her breakout role as Lyla on NBC's 'Friday Night Lights' was once deemed 'heartbreaking' by The New York Times.
We recently spoke with Kelly about 'The Roommate,' in which she plays a college student stalked by an obsessed friend (Leighton Meester). During the chat, she revealed which crazy moments to look out for in the movie, which legendary mega-star she'd love to work with, what kind of role she'd like to play (listen up, Wonder Woman fans), her idea of the perfect Valentine's Day and a few other surprising tidbits about herself.
Moviefone: How is your role as Sara in 'The Roommate' different from what you've done in the past?
Minka Kelly: Well, you know, my character in 'Friday Night Lights' was very young -- I was playing a 17-year-old in high school. Now, I'm in college and this character [Sara], she believes in the best in people. She's an optimistic girl, but she's certainly no weakling. So, when she finally, fully realizes she's in danger and that her roommate, Rebecca, has a chemical imbalance, she knows she has to fight back for her protection.
Do you have any crazy roommate stories?
I don't have any roommate horror stories, but there are people I know that do have them and they seem to find the movie very relatable.
What moment in the film will people be talking about when they leave the theater?
You know, from the few people I know that have seen it, there are several moments, actually. The moments they really love are where I'm struggling with whether or not she's [Rebecca] weird, or what her deal is, because she's introducing me to things she loves that are a little strange. And I don't want to judge her, but you can see on my face that I'm a little perplexed by the fact that she's into these things, so I think those are fun moments. I think the moments that will also be really fun are when Leighton [Rebecca] is making her transition into such a crazy person towards the end. And then, my favorite part, which is at the end of the movie, is when we have a big fight scene.
Were there stunt actors involved, or did you and Leighton just have at it?
[Laughs] Well, we had stunt coordinators there who taught us everything and showed us how to do it all without hurting each other, but we did all of our own stunts. We wanted every shot to be us. So, it was grueling, and by the end of it I had bruises up and down my legs. It was really, really fun -- very physical and exhausting. But we loved every second of it.
Well, what you learned while preparing for that fight scene will certainly be useful in your exciting role in the new 'Charlie's Angels' TV show, don't you think?
Maybe so! [Laughs] I'm so excited about that.
Are you starting to feel any pressure, considering the history of 'Charlie's Angels'?
It was definitely an iconic show, and will be tough to follow, but I'm just so excited and honored to have the opportunity to be a part of it at all. I don't know much about my role yet, so I don't have much to give, but I am really excited.
What would be your ideal Valentine's Day date?
I think that Valentine's Day isn't always about a man and a woman. So I think a lot of times, what's even more special is when you get your best girlfriends, sit around the TV and watch old seasons of 'Sex and the City.' Just pig out on junk food and chocolote, drink some wine and celebrate each other.
What's your favorite movie to watch when you're snowed in?
Tell us a few things nobody knows about you?
I love pigging out on chocolate! I eat like a man. I love skydiving -- I'm incredibly active and love that sort of stuff. I was a scrub nurse for four years, before I was on 'Friday Night Lights,' so I worked in surgery. You name it, I've seen it. I've been a part of every major surgery, besides open heart.
Is there one person in Hollywood you're dying to work with?
I would love to work with Clint Eastwood, which I feel is an obvious answer. I just think he's an incredible storyteller.
What is your dream role?
A Charlie's Angel. [Laughs] I would love to play a superhero, of course, because that's the beauty of our business, that we get to make believe we're anything we can imagine.
There was actually a popular rumor recently that had your name attached to a 'Wonder Woman' role. Any thoughts on that?
[Laughs] Really? That would be really fun. Talk about shoes to fill!
In one sentence, why should Moviefone readers check out 'The Roommate'?
Because I'm positive it will keep you on the edge of your seat!