Posted Mon, October 11, 2010 10:37am EST

PHOTOS! Minka Kelly, Esquire's Sexiest Woman Alive 2010, Reveals What Was GREAT About Having a Stripper Mom!

Minka Kelly says she is so stoked to be turning 30 — ‘The twenties were a pain in the a**!’

She loves to wake-board. She’s not afraid to skydive and she knows how to kick butt! Friday Night Lights actress Minka Kelly is Esquire magazine‘s “Sexiest Woman Alive 2010!”

“You wouldn’t want to jump out of that,” Minka asks as she looks up at a plane during her interview with Esquire. “That would be incredible, and what a beautiful day for it. Live in fear if you want to!”

“I’m so excited to be a woman [and be 30 years old],” Kelly gushes. “It is a big one [turning 30] and I love it. I think it’s the most exciting birthday I think I’ve ever had. 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. The twenties were a pain in the ass — figuring it all out. What am I doing? Where do I go?”

But it hasn’t always been an easy life for Minka. “My mom lived a fast life,” she shares of her childhood. “It was all about what we could do to have fun with nothing. She — 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, and 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. 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.”

Her hardships have taught her to be thankful for everything life has given her and she makes sure to show her gratitude in every way possible. “It blows my mind that anyone could be unkind to anyone,” Minka says. “The guy clearing our plates is a person. I don’t care if you’re sweeping the floor. I don’t care if you’re cleaning my toilet.”

And when someone acts rude, Minka just won’t have it. “I’m a very nice girl, but nobody pushes me around,” Minka states. If someone tries to mess with her or her friends, “that’s when you’ll see a whole other side of me!”

- Lindsey DiMattina

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