Minka Kelly by Yu Tsai for Esquire Magazine

Friday Night Lights and Parenthood star Minka Kelly has been named the Sexiest Woman Alive by Esquire magazine.

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The 30-year-old actress is best known as cheerleader Lyla Garrity on Friday Night Lights. She also is currently recurring as Gaby, the therapist for the autistic son of Peter Krause's Adam Braverman on Parenthood.

But despite Kelly's success in Hollywood, she still remembers late nights with her exotic dancer mom as the best days of her life.

"She was a stripper," Kelly told the magazine. "My mom lived a fast life. It was all about what we could do to have fun with nothing. ... She would come home at like three, four o'clock in the morning, and she would wake me up in the middle of the night and we'd go grocery shopping.

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"That was so much fun," Kelly said. "We would have a blast and buy a hundred dollars in groceries. It was just the best day ever. The best day."

Kelly, who is dating New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter, says she's never thought much about being sexy.

"I've never done a sexy photo shoot before. I've never really honestly tapped into that side," she said.  "It was really liberating. It was exciting. I would look at the pictures, like, that's me?"

Esquire's previous Sexiest Woman Alive honorees include Angelina Jolie, Jessica Biel, Scarlett Johansson, Charlize Theron and Halle Berry.