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Esquire Magazine once named actress Minka Kelly the “Sexiest Woman Alive”, so walking in the Heart Truth’s Red Dress Fashion Show to raise awareness for women’s heart health should be a breeze, right? Not quite. “I’ve been nervous all week!” Kelly said, when we got the chance to chat with her on her new ambassador title with Diet Coke. We caught up with the brunette bombshell hours before showtime to get the scoop on how she lives a heart healthy lifestyle, the exercises she swears by, and more.
Tell us about your partnership with Diet Coke and Heart’s Truth Red Dress Fashion Show. What made you decide to get involved?
Before I started working with Diet Coke as an ambassador, I wasn’t even aware that heart disease is the number one killer for women. I figured this would be a chance for me to use my voice and let other women know to how important it is to eat right and exercise to keep your heart in good health.
How do you manage stay in shape, especially with such a busy schedule?
I try to do yoga every morning at 7 a.m.; it’s good to get your workout out of the way early. I also work out with my trainer Gunnar Peterson two days a week on top of that. I owe him a lot of credit for the shape I’m in because I love to eat! I have to workout extra hard to balance my love for food out.
Do you have one body part you find trickier to tone up than others?
I tend to be heavier on my bottom half; I have big legs and big booty! I do a lot of lunges and squats to make sure all of that doesn’t fall down to my knees. I’m trying to defy gravity!
What’s one body part you’re especially proud of?
My mother always told me growing up that I had a beautiful neck, so I would say my collarbone. I think it is one of the most elegant parts on a woman’s body. Other than that I work hard for the body I have, none of it was just given to me.
Heart health and diet are directly related. What’s one diet tip you live by?
Portion control is really important and something I definitely had to learn to maintain my size. But you don’t have to deprive yourself of what you love. When you do that you’re bound to eventually cave and then you end up making an ever bigger mistake than if you had just had a little bit of what you wanted. I try to satisfy my cravings in small portions. I’d rather have one good cookie instead of five diet cookies.
Most people tend to crave either sweet or salty. Which one are you?
Both! When I have too much sweet I have to have something salty. I can’t just pick one and stick with it!
When you do want a treat, what do you reach for?
I’ll usually have a few piece of chocolate or some almonds. I try to steer clear from chips, those can get dangerous.
If we were to open your fridge, what foods would we find in there?
A lot of pressed juices. I have a green mix from Dr. Bo Wagner that basically has every vegetable imaginable in it that I’ll make in the morning. I really like to make breakfast at home so you’ll also find eggs. Other than that, it’s pretty bare!
Have you picked up any confidence-boosting tips for the runway?
I haven’t picked up many! I wish I had a lot of supermodel friends. One of my friends said I should walk on my tippy toes, but I tried it and just can’t do it. I’m going to do my best and stay calm. Getting down and back in one piece is all I can ask for.
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Minka Kelly fought bad guys onscreen in Charlie’s Angels, but offscreen she’s made another type of killer her target: heart disease. The actress teamed up with Diet Coke on The Heart Truth campaign to increase awareness, especially among women, and agreed to walk the Red Dress Collection Fashion Show on February 8. She was joined on the runway by a range of celebrities, including Christie Brinkley and Rebecca Romijn, and chatted with us about how she keeps her exercise routine interesting and why you will almost always see her wearing a pair of heels.
ELLE: It’s just a few hours until the runway show—do you have any sort of pre-event routine?
Minka Kelly: I know, don’t remind me! I have no routine because walking on a runway is not what I do—I wish I did! I’m just going to wing it and hope for the best, and hope that my Diane von Furstenberg dress does all the work for me. The dress is gorgeous—it’s a floor-length, sequined, wrap gown. I don’t have to do much. Of course, I’m nervous; I’m always nervous for anything I have to do, but I’m OK with that because it means I care.
ELLE: Is there anyone walking with you tonight who you’re excited to see?
MK: I’m excited to see Chaka Khan!
ELLE: Are you a big fan?
MK: Heck yeah, who isn’t?! “I feel for you!” [singing]
ELLE: You have a nice voice! Having worked with a few different organizations in the past, including Stand Up To Cancer and the USO, what made you interested in doing something with the Heart Truth?
MK: When they reached out to me about being ambassador for the campaign, I didn’t know that heart disease was the number one killer in women—and that affected me. I thought it was important to raise awareness as best as I can and let as many women as I can know about this danger. I tend to be pretty conscious of my health and my exercise mainly because I really like to eat a lot, so I have to balance it out with how I work it out.
ELLE: Are you pretty active?
MK: I like to be as active as I can. I get bored quickly, so I do like changing it up. Right now I do yoga every day, and what I love about my instructor is that she makes it different every time. I also have my trainer, and with him it’s always different, it’s always fun. But I also like to go hiking, or my girlfriend and I go to the beach and ride our bikes.
ELLE: Do you have any other Fashion Week plans?
MK: Next week I’m going to Oscar de la Renta and Marchesa. I really enjoy just the creativity of these shows, and hopefully I’ll be lucky enough to wear them!
ELLE: They’re both quite feminine. How would you describe your personal style?
MK: Comfortable, easy, simple. Once in a while I’ll play with trends, but usually it’s pretty simple. Sometimes I’m just a T-shirt and jeans girl, sometimes I like to wear girly dresses, sometimes I’m a tomboy. But what is consistent is that I’m comfortable. Except with shoes—the rule of thumb with shoes is that pain is beauty. I’ve come to terms with that.
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We talk to Minka Kelly about the latest incarnation of Charlie’s Angels.
If there can be a new girl on a new show, that would be Minka Kelly on Charlie’s Angels. She plays Eve, the latest addition to the trio on the latest reboot of the classic series. She was also in (500) Days of Summer, and even though it was just one scene, you know I had to thank her personally after the Charlie’s Angels presentation to the Television Critics Association.
CraveOnline: What’s it going to take to make Abby (Rachael Taylor) trust Eve?
Minka Kelly: I think in any relationship, any solid good relationship, it takes a while to trust someone. So that’s all. It’s just going to take a little time and proving myself and building the bond.
CraveOnline: What costumes are you looking forward to?
Minka Kelly: Oh gosh, every day is new. Every costume is new. It’s fun. That’s another exciting aspect of the show but at the same time, with all the beautiful clothing, there is the realness and the emotion of it, the relationships which makes it you have everything.
CraveOnline: Of course it’s undercover work, and we saw the three of you as waitresses in the pilot.
Minka Kelly: Oh, you know what actually? I am excited about a salsa dance coming up which I’m very excited about. Bosley and I are going to go undercover as salsa dancers so I’m looking forward to that.
CraveOnline: The music is a really important part of the show. What are you listening to?
Minka Kelly: Oh my gosh, I listen to everything from Amos Lee and Ray Lamontange to Beyonce and Jay-Z. I love music. Music is something I’m very, very passionate about.
CraveOnline: What music helps you get into character?
Minka Kelly: Yes, sometimes I need to kick some butt and I’ll listen to some Beyonce and be an empowered woman. Or sometimes I have to be a little emotional so I’ll listen to my Ray Lamontange or Rosie Thomas or Patty Griffin.
In honor of “Charlie’s Angels’” 35th anniversary on Thursday, a new, sexy crime-fighting trio will debut on primetime.
Minka Kelly, Annie Ilonzeh and Rachael Taylor will star in the ABC reboot, which, despite minor differences, maintains the formula of the original series, said Al Gough, a writer and producer on the show.
And Gough, who executive produced the CW’s “Smallville” – the Clark Kent drama that ended its 10-year run in May – knows a thing or two about re-imagining iconic franchises.
“We tried to stick to the DNA of [‘Charlie’s Angels’],” Gough told CNN. “The idealized female friendships. The fact that they’re detectives. … With any iconic franchise, you have to hope you’ve changed enough to make it relevant, but haven’t gone too far.”
The changes include the Angels’ dark pasts, the fact that Ramon Rodriguez’s Bosley is a 30-something ladies man with a six-pack, and the location. Producers moved the series to Miami, Florida.
“Working from Miami felt more glamorous than Beverly Hills does,” Gough said. “Maybe just because we live in L.A.”
Also, giving the girls criminal backgrounds – as opposed to the original Angels, who were graduates of the Los Angeles police academy – helps with storytelling, he said.
Technology was another aspect that needed updating. It doesn’t make sense that, in 2011, Charlie is still just a voice on the telephone, Gough added; suggesting that perhaps a meeting is in order.
Bosley and the Angels also use tablet computers to crack a case in the pilot episode.
“The tone of [the reboot] definitely…plays a little darker,” Gough said. “People die in this world. You still have the fashion and the fun, but their back stories are slightly darker.”
“I always say, if Jack Bauer [from ‘24’] and Carrie Bradshaw [from ‘Sex and the City’] had a lovechild, it would be ‘Charlie’s Angels,’” he added. “If people embrace that sort of tone, where it’s fun, but more grounded than the previous version, then I think they’ll like it.”
ABC’s Charlie’s Angels reboot debuts later this week, and stars Minka Kelly and Ramon Rodriguez sat down to chat with us about their roles as Eve and Bosley on the new series. Kelly chatted about going from her role on Friday Night Lights to this more grown-up part, and Rodriguez told us exactly why he makes a new Bosley. Watch now.
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With a sizzling Miami setting and some seriously amped-up action, this season’s reboot of Aaron Spelling’s campy jigglefest Charlie’s Angels is a combo of flash, fashion and escapist fun. But this time, the staff of the Townsend Agency — disgraced cop Kate (General Hospital alum Annie Ilonzeh), ex-con Eve (Friday Night Lights’ Minka Kelly), reformed thief Abby (Rachael Taylor of Grey’s Anatomy) and former hacker Bosley (The Wire’s Ramón Rodriguez) — aren’t just a sinfully sexy quartet out to save the day. They’re also hoping to give the TV and film franchise one hell of a makeover!
TV Guide Magazine: Do you guys feel a lot pressure stepping into such an iconic franchise?
Kelly: Rachael has a good answer for that.
Ilonzeh: Yeah, she does! [Laughs] We always leave that one up to Rachael.
Taylor: Well, I don’t think any of us really feel that much pressure because we’re not trying to repeat anything that’s been done before… Not the original series or the movies. You know, as much as we all love them and respect them — we appreciate the legacy of Charlie’s Angels — we are doing something that’s our own. So it’s not really a matter of trying to live up to anything.
Rodriguez: The pressure’s on the writers.
Kelly: It was just the same amount of pressure it would be taking on any job. I think any job you do is as serious as any other, right?
TV Guide Magazine: And now that you’ve been shooting for a bit, have you found your Angels groove?
Taylor: [Laughs] It took so long.
Ilonzeh: [Laughs] We’re still working on it.
Kelly: It was instant, really.
Ilonzeh: We came together and there was definitely instant chemistry.
Taylor: Many years ago, Minka and I did a photo shoot in Venice for a very trendy [magazine] and we met very briefly.
Kelly: Oh, that’s right!
Taylor: It was like, four years ago. [Laughs] It was awful.
Rodriguez: I’ll tell you when I knew there was chemistry. At the table read [for the pilot]….
Kelly: Oh! Can we talk about the table read? This gentleman brought all the ladies a rose.
Rodriguez: It was Valentine’s Day. The chemistry was immediate. And you know, that doesn’t happen all the time. At the table read sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t.
TV Guide Magazine: Well, if you bring your leading ladies roses…
Rodriguez: [Laughs] Well, not always!
TV Guide Magazine: It’s good you get along, what with all of these late-night Miami shoots. Continue Reading?… »
Rodriguez: Actually, we don’t do anything but work.
Kelly: Yeah, we do 5am to 9pm on regular days.
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In ABC’s upcoming incarnation of Charlie’s Angels, a thief, a street racer and a cop, all of whom got in just a little too deep, are getting their second chance working for the elusive Charlie Townsend. Detectives who are equal parts fearless and beautiful, the angels – Park Avenue princess turned thief, Abby Sampson (Rachael Taylor), disgraced Miami cop Kate Prince (Annie Ilonzeh), and the mysterious Eve (Minka Kelly) – are helped by hot computer hacker Bosley (Ramon Rodriguez), who certainly doesn’t mind being surrounded by the powerful women.
During a recent interview to promote this glamorous, action-packed re-imagining of the 1970s smash hit series, actress Minka Kelly talked about being a fan of the female camaraderie that Charlie’s Angels is known for, the appeal of playing a bad-ass, that there is a lot of depth and emotion among all of the eye candy, how much she enjoys learning new skills for each episode’s adventure, and how hilarious it is that she’s considered a sex symbol. She also said that she doesn’t think she’ll be able to return for any more episodes of the NBC drama Parenthood, as it films in Los Angeles and her new series is in Miami. Check out what she had to say after the jump:
Had you been looking for a series, after Friday Night Lights ended?
I wasn’t necessarily looking for another series. I was just looking for another job, and this was just very attractive to me. I thought that it was a great script. I loved the people involved. I was very excited at the opportunity to work with Mr. [Leonard] Goldberg and Drew Barrymore, and just the level of passion that she had for it made it impossible for me to not want to be a part of it. Just the camaraderie of the three women, I was very attracted to that. And then, the fact that we all have broken pasts is something that I’m very attracted to, along with being able to turn your life around and do good with it. That’s something that I’m excited about, along with playing a different character than I’ve ever played before. This girl is a bit of a badass, and she’s not broken by a boy. I’m excited about that, and to be surrounded by these strong, beautiful, smart women.
What did you identify with most, from the original series? Continue Reading?… »
The camaraderie between the women is something that I was really attracted to and I was a fan of. I’m excited to be a part of that.