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Who is Minka Kelly? – Meet ‘Daily Show’ Host Trevor Noah’s Actress Girlfriend

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One of the surprise new celebrity couples from last summer is still going strong. According to multiple reports, Minka Kelly, 40, is dating The Daily Show host Trevor Noah, 36. The pair was first linked back in August, with a source telling People that they had been quietly seeing each other for “several months” and were quarantining at Noah’s New York City apartment. They have yet to confirm the rumors themselves. But the outlet now reports that Kelly and Noah could be living together. Until they confirm speculation, here’s a few things to know about Kelly, her most famous roles, and what’s known about her and Noah’s private romance.

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She’s a successful actress who has played Jackie Kennedy and a Charlie’s Angel.

If Kelly looks familiar, that’s because she’s had a long-running film and TV career. On the television side, she’s appeared in episodes of Jane the Virgin, Parenthood, and was one of the three leads of ABC’s short-lived Charlie’s Angels reboot. Kelly’s most recent TV role came courtesy of the DC superhero series The Titans.

As for her film career, Kelly played Autumn at the end of the popular romantic comedy 500 Days of Summer and starred alongside Leighton Meester in the horror movie The Roommate. In 2013, she joined a long list of actresses, including Natalie Portman and Katie Holmes, who’ve played Jackie Kennedy when she appeared in Lee Daniels’ The Butler.

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She’s most known for her role on Friday Night Lights.

Above anything else Kelly has done in her career, she’s perhaps best known for starring as girl next door Lyla Garrity on Friday Night Lights. Her character was a cheerleader for the Dillon Panthers football team and involved in a passionate on-off relationship with Tim Riggins (Taylor Kitsch). Kelly left the series in 2009 after four seasons spent playing the role.

Last October, she reflected on the show’s 13th anniversary on Instagram. Kelly recalled moving to Austin for filming with no expectations that the project would be a hit. “There was no way a show about football – that was already a movie – about a player who breaks his neck in the pilot episode is going anywhere but a job is a job amirite!” she recalled, adding, “But it wasn’t about football. It was about relationships, family, humanity, love and loss. It was about longing to fit in and wanting to get out. It was about life in a small town and how a community comes together in good times and bad. Little did I know I hit the proverbial jackpot and the show would go on for 5 years. I’m forever grateful.”

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She comes from a famous musical family.

Kelly was born in Los Angeles to a pair of entertainment industry parents. Her father is Rick Dufay, a guitarist for Aerosmith in the ’80s. Her mother was Maureen Kelly, who was reportedly a Las Vegas showgirl prior to her daughter’s birth, according to Entertainment Weekly. Kelly even told the outlet that she had spent time playing at Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler’s house as a kid.

She didn’t always want to be an actress.

Although Kelly has made her mark in several TV shows and movies, acting wasn’t her first love. She told Men’s Health in 2008 that she originally envisioned herself in the medical profession. “I moved to California not to pursue acting but to get out of Albuquerque,” she said, referring to the New Mexico city she grew up in. “I started working right away. I had four jobs.” One of those jobs was as a surgical assistant, according to the outlet.

But when Kelly attended her first acting class, her plans changed, she recalled. “It was the most amazing thing I’d ever experienced. I’d just been going so fast, I didn’t realize that I had put on this whole mask of a person to survive since I was 16. Class was the first time anyone had ever called me on it. And I loved it. I knew acting was what I had to do with my life,” she explained.

Another passion of Kelly’s is cooking. In June 2015, she finished a six-month culinary course at the New School of Cooking in Culver City, California, ABC News reported. Kelly celebrated the accomplishment on Instagram.

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She and Trevor Noah are reportedly in a “very serious” relationship.

While news of Noah and Kelly’s reported relationship just broke in August, sources indicate their romance is far from a fling. “They’re very happy. It’s a very serious relationship,” an insider told People of the surprise pair. An Us Weekly source reiterated that Kelly and Noah started dating “well before quarantine started.” And an E! News source said the couple was “getting serious” while living in Noah’s New York City apartment, where he’s been virtually hosting The Daily Show. The couple was captured heading into Noah’s apartment in mid-September, as reported by People.

As for social media, this sequence of events tracks. Both Kelly and Noah follow each other on Instagram and have “liked” some of each other’s posts, dating back to November 2019. Noah’s last serious relationship was with model and real estate agent Jordyn Taylor from 2015 to 2018, according to Us.

Sources say Kelly and Noah live together.

Speculation first began last November when sources told Entertainment Tonight that Kelly and Noah were looking at houses in Los Angeles together. That report turned out to be true, according to sources for People. The couple reportedly purchased a $27.5 million mansion in the A-list neighborhood of Bel-Air. A source told People that Noah and Kelly “are still really happy and in love” and plan on living in the six-bedroom, 12-bathroom Los Angeles home together.

“They’re making plans for a future together, and it’s a very stable relationship,” the insider added. “They’ve been spending time between coasts over the last year and had been looking for a place in L.A. as a couple.” Their shared 11,000-square-foot property features a gym, steam room, screening room, library, chef’s kitchen, pool, wine room, and other amenities, the outlet reports.

This isn’t the first time she’s dated a famous man.

Prior to her relationship with Noah, Kelly has been linked to several celebrities. In 2005, she dated Scrubs star Donald Faison, according to E!. She was in a relationship with Chris Evans first in 2007 before they reunited again in 2012, 2013, and 2015, according to Us Weekly. There were even reports of a brief fling between she and John Mayer before they split in 2008.

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Mayer and Kelly in 2007.

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Kelly was also spotted getting cozy with Wilmer Valderrama in 2012 and again in 2016 before calling it quits. Her most long-term public relationship was with former New York Yankees player Derek Jeter. They amicably parted ways in 2011 after three years together, People reported.

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Kelly and Jeter in 2010.

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Most recently, Kelly dated Little Fires Everywhere star Jesse Williams for about eight months before they split in early 2018. When asked what it was like to have constant attention placed on her personal life during a 2016 radio interview, Kelly said she took it in stride. “I think it comes with the territory. It’s a small price to pay for the extraordinary life that I live,” she explained, per E! News. “I think if they’re paying attention, that must mean there’s something [I’m doing right].”

She’s also a jewelry designer.

When she isn’t acting, Kelly has begun collaborating on a jewelry collection. In 2019, she partnered with ethical fashion label ABLE to create her own line of earrings, necklaces, and rings. “I first started collaborating with ABLE in 2009, after I lost my mom in 2008 [to colon cancer], because they create jobs for women who don’t have the opportunity [otherwise],” Kelly told People. The company trains and employs women subject to poverty or the commercial sex industry, according to its website. You can shop pieces from her collection here.

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She’s a passionate advocate for racial equality and reproductive rights.

One of the reasons Kelly and Noah’s relationship remained under-the-radar is they’ve made no appearances on each other’s Instagram pages. Recently, Kelly has been devoting her social media presence to amplifying Black voices. In the last few months, she’s participated in the #PassThePlatform movement and demanded justice for both Jacob Blake and Breonna Taylor.

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Kelly has spoken out about other societal issues in the past. Last April, she penned an Instagram post about Netflix’s Tiger King, where she discussed the dangers of keeping big exotic cats in captivity. Last May, Minka got candid about her experience having an abortion, after 25 white, male lawmakers signed a law significantly limiting access to the procedure in Alabama. Amidst the #MeToo movement in 2017, sparked by sexual assault allegations against disgraced mogul Harvey Weinstein, Kelly shared her own incident of harassment involving Weinstein.

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Prince Harry Is Reportedly ‘Heartbroken’ Over ‘Painful’ Separation from His Family

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle officially stepped out of their royal life in March 2020, and they’ve started a new life in Montecito, California. Per People, Journalist and author Tom Bradby said on ITV’s Love Your Weekend that Harry is feeling some complex feelings connected to his new life.

“I think they are feeling better, yes…So are they unhappy?,” he said. “No, I think they are content, the things they are doing they are quite excited by. I think he is heartbroken by the situation with his family, you don’t necessarily need to have knowledge to know that, but I think it is true.” Bradby didn’t directly reference the reported tension between Prince William and Harry.

“The situation with the family clearly isn’t ideal and it has been a very difficult year for them all,” he said.”But are they unhappy out there? No, I don’t think that’s right, I think they are pretty happy actually, but I think they wrestle with their position in life, I think they all do. I think William does too; I don’t think he finds it easy.” He added that there are “a lot of hurt feelings on all sides.” He continued: “I think the whole thing has just been incredibly painful; that is obvious to everyone. It is painful all round, painful for everyone, difficult to manage.”

He added: “You have got to remember this isn’t just a family; it’s a firm. They are in the business of public service on a very elevated, exposed platform and to some extent, they are all locked in it together. And that creates lots of tensions that people perhaps do see relatively clearly from the outside, but at the same time they are trying to be a family and I am always acutely conscious of that and how complicated and frankly difficult it is.”

Last year, Meghan revealed on a World Mental Health Day episode of the podcast Teenager Therapy that she has experienced cyber-bullying and trolling on a level that was “almost unsurvivable.”

“In 2019 I was the most trolled person in the entire world—male or female. Now, eight months of that I wasn’t even visible. I was on maternity leave or with a baby but was able to just be manufactured and churned out. It’s almost unsurvivable.”

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See How Kim Kardashian Celebrated Chicago’s Birthday, Complete With New Frog Pets

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Chicago West, Kim Kardashian and Kanye West’s third child, turned 3 years old on Friday, and she celebrated with a lavish party. The toddler’s mom posted photos of her celebration on her story, and truly, the floral decor is on par with some weddings I’ve attended.

Based on the images, Chicago seems to really love two things: the color purple and frogs. There were tables of purple flowers, a stuffed rainbow frog, and…a tank of two frogs apparently named Elsa and Anna.

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“My Chi Chi princess 👑 today you are three!!!,” Kardashian wrote in her birthday tribute for Chicago. “You have the sweetest little high voice that I could listen to all day! You bring so much magic into all of our lives. My heart is so full that you chose me to be your mommy ✨ I can’t wait to celebrate you with slime and LOL Dolls today! Happy Birthday Chicago.”

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In recent weeks and months, Kardashian has kept her Instagram focused on her latest work ventures and posts about her kids. But on January 5, Page Six reported that multiple sources had told them that divorce was “imminent” for the couple and parents of four.

“They are keeping it low-key but they are done,” one source said. “Kim has hired [top celebrity divorce attorney] Laura Wasser and they are in settlement talks.”

A source told People this week that this has been coming for a while and said that “the love story between Kim and Kanye has been over for a long time, more than a year. They adored each other but have too many differences.” Another source told the magazine that “Kim and Kanye’s marriage is beyond repair,” though Kim “isn’t in a rush to file for divorce. But it is on her mind.”

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Ranking the Best Theories About What’s Happening

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By the end of 2020, the Marvel Cinematic Universe had started to feel a bit…stale. Part of what makes the superhero genre so universally captivating is its ability to go places that seem too far for other mediums. But by the end of Avengers: Endgame, the MCU was closing the door on a chapter that, no matter how wildly successful, had followed a series of predictable patterns. While that doesn’t make watching Tony Stark save the world any less satisfying, it does make it less nerdy. And no matter how mainstream superheroes get, there’s always a part of the genre that deserves its place in the realm of the nerd, where fan-fueled calculus thrives.

Now, with the explosion of new MCU series rolling out on Disney+ (at least four by the end of 2021), the superhero empire is reigniting fan theory fervor. When WandaVision dropped on January 15, the sitcom-turned-horror-show experiment heralded a bold new path for comic-book narratives. Turns out, superheroes can make for pretty hilarious sitcoms! But, most importantly, WandaVision—at least initially—seems intent on not spoon-feeding fans a story they’ve seen before. Which means, of course, that the fan theory machine is running hot.

WandaVision takes place after Endgame, and it stars Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany as a delightfully well-matched Wanda Maximoff and Vision, basking in newlywed (?) bliss in the quaint 1950s-era suburb of Westview. They don’t exactly know how they got here, or what they’re doing in the 1950s. But they roll with it: befriending neighbors, hosting talent shows, nearly spoiling dinner with Vision’s boss, and trying not to wither under the critical eye of local Karen, Dotty (Emma Caulfied Ford). But increasingly, Wanda has a feeling something isn’t right. She keeps hearing voices on the radio, and at the end of episode 2, she and Vision watch an ominous beekeeper rise from beneath a manhole cover.

New episodes drop every Friday, and as the puzzle pieces come together, we’re gathering the best fan theories from around the internet. Here, we’ll try to make sense of what’s happening to Wanda—and why it matters for the next phase of Marvel stories.

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Theory #1: WandaVision is a spin on the comics arc House of M.

If you’ve spent any time digging around Marvel fan forums, you’ve probably already stumbled on this theory. In 2005, Marvel Comics released a storyline called House of M, written by comics legend Brian Michael Bendis, in which an insane Scarlet Witch (aka Wanda Maximoff) has a mental breakdown and attempts to recreate the universe. You see, she’s lost her two children—Billy and Tommy—as well as her grip on reality. The other Avengers and X-Men (in the comics, Wanda is a mutant) realize they must consider killing Wanda, because her reality-shaping powers pose an enormous threat to humanity if she cannot recover her sanity. Yikes.

Hearing the news of her pending execution, Wanda creates a new world, an almost-perfect utopia where her children are alive, her superhero teammates are happy, and mutants rule the world. But it’s a dangerous lie, and when Wanda realizes what she’s done, she decides the solution is to rid the world of mutants like her. (You might have seen a comic panel circulating of Wanda whispering, “No more mutants.”) At that point, the majority of the mutant population lose their powers.

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It’s unlikely WandaVision will mirror House of M exactly, because at this point in the MCU, the X-Men and Avengers’ worlds have not yet collided. But it’s certainly possible that Wanda has created an alternate universe out of grief. If you remember the events of Avengers: Infinity War and Endgame, you’ll recall that Wanda is forced to kill Vision while extracting an Infinity Stone from his forehead. He does not return to life in Endgame, and she tells Thanos, “You took everything from me.”

It’s not far-fetched to think Wanda created a new universe after Endgame, one in which she lives a picture-perfect sitcom life with Vision. But perhaps, like in House of M, the real world is not as simple as it seems, and someone is trying to bring her back to her senses.

Theory #2: WandaVision will tie directly into Doctor Strange in The Multiverse of Madness.

This theory is less about if than how. Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige confirmed WandaVision will tie into the film, and Olsen will star alongside Benedict Cumberbatch in March 2022’s The Multiverse of Madness. So, what does that mean? Well, the theory of Wanda creating her own alternate reality within the multiverse is almost definitely true. And if she shows up in the next Doctor Strange, someone must pull her out of the sitcom-verse—and it could be the Master of the Mystical Arts himself.

Theory #3: Agnes is actually Agatha Harkness.

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Here’s one that requires you to know a bit more comic lore. You met Agnes (Kathryn Hahn), Wanda and Vision’s deliciously wry neighbor, in the WandaVision pilot. Sure, she could just be a quippy side-character, but it’s likely she has a more meaningful role in the series.

Several fans think she must be Agatha Harkness; in the comics universe, Harkness is an old (like, was-alive-before-the-sinking-of-Atlantis old) witch who escaped the Salem Witch Trials and went on to master mystical arts, later teaching them to a young Wanda Maximoff. In other points throughout the comics, she serves as Wanda’s antagonist, and she’s also the one who, after Wanda gives birth to twins Billy and Tommy, reveals to Wanda that the children are not, in fact, hers, but were born of more demonic origins. We don’t need to unpack all of that, but the point stands that Agatha has an important role in Wanda’s life—so it makes sense she’d appear in Wanda’s TV show.

Theory #4: The beekeeper is a S.W.O.R.D agent.

You probably noticed a particular symbol that pops up throughout the first two episodes of WandaVision: it appears on the miniature helicopter Wanda discovers in her rosebush, as well as on the suit of the terrifying beekeeper who rises out from the manhole. You could keep waiting for the show to reveal its secret, but most comic fans will recognize that logo immediately: It’s the symbol for S.W.O.R.D, otherwise known as the Sentient World Observation and Response Department. Basically, it’s S.H.I.E.L.D. but for Outer Space.

S.W.O.R.D was created alongside Nick Fury’s S.H.I.E.L.D to deal with extraterrestrial threats, much like the ones that plagued Tony Stark with nightmares after the events of the first Avengers. We know from Captain America: The Winter Soldier that Fury felt the need to up his arsenal after witnessing the many threats hurtling toward our little blue dot, and it’s extremely possible he created S.W.O.R.D sometime around or after Natasha Romanoff released S.H.I.E.L.D’s secrets into the universe.

So, then, who’s the beekeeper? One Reddit fan mentioned it’s likely a S.W.O.R.D agent. Possibly, it’s one wearing a hazmat suit. Once he entered Wanda’s picturesque reality, her mind changed the hazmat suit into a beekeeper’s suit to better fit the quaint suburban surroundings.

Another option? Beekeeper is part of AIM, an organization hell-bent on scientific discovery at all costs. We haven’t seen them since Iron Man 3, but since their goons wear hazmat suits and are sometimes referred to as “beekeeper guys” in the comics, it’s possible.

The other option is that Beekeeper is Swarm, a Marvel villain who fused his consciousness with a bunch of bees. But let’s hope not.

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Theory #5: The series’ big bads are either Mephisto or Nightmare.

Now let’s get deep into the weeds. WandaVision has given us little to no clues as to who its major antagonist will be this season—except for, perhaps, Agatha Harkness. But fans are skeptical Agatha will be the supreme villain. They expect a larger power at work.

The prevailing option seems to be Mephisto. His character has been around since the 1960s, and he’s based on the Mephistopheles of German legend. Basically, he’s a demon-like creature who’s often confused for Satan. He’s evil through and through, and he likes making the Avengers’ lives miserable. One key bit of context: In the comics, he was a servant of Thanos, much like Ronan and other big bads, and he can alter time. So it stands to reason that he’s manipulating Wanda, or that the two of them made some sort of pact—think of it as a deal with the devil. Perhaps, in return for Vision being brought back to life, Wanda agreed to enter Mephisto’s domain, and become trapped in his reality.

Or, we could be on the lookout for Nightmare, one of Doctor Strange’s core villains. He’s a demon and a ruler of the so-called Dream Dimension, where humans are brought during their hours sleeping. He feeds off the human need to dream and can, to some degree, control them through their subconscious. One clever Reddit user developed an entire theory around Nightmare’s inclusion in WandaVision. We’ll summarize it here:

  • Agatha Harkness is alive in the “real” world (aka, Earth-199999), but her child has recently died.
  • Nightmare has lost much of his powers due to the “snap” in Infinity War erasing much of humanity’s population.
  • Agatha promises to help keep Nightmare alive if he helps her get her son back.
  • Agatha meets a grieving Wanda after Endgame and, with the help of Nightmare, sends her into a dream world where she can live with Vision in peace.
  • Even with much of humanity restored, Nightmare isn’t strong enough to keep cracks from showing in his dream world, and that’s why Wanda gets the sense something isn’t right.
  • In the real world, Wanda is producing “energy surges” that spell trouble for the universe, so Nick Fury and S.W.O.R.D attempt to penetrate her mind to pull her out of the dream.
  • When they do pull her out, she’s so grief-stricken and enraged that she tears a hole in the fabric of reality, leading to the events of Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.

    Theory #6: The folks in the WandaVision commercials are Wanda’s parents.

    Let’s tackle those fascinating commercials, shall we? Each promises a different Marvel Easter egg, and already, fans are dissecting screenshots for clues.

    In both “commercials” during episodes 1 and 2, a couple appear and advertise different products: The first is a Stark Industries toaster and the second is a Strücker watch. If you’re an avid MCU fan, you’ll of course know Stark Industries is Tony Stark’s company, and Strücker is the last name of Baron von Strücker, the Hydra leader who recruited Wanda and her brother Pietro before Age of Ultron and gave them their powers.

    Why is this significant? As one fan pointed out, the ads seem to be revisiting Wanda’s trauma: A Stark Industries bomb killed her parents, and Strücker corrupted Wanda and her brother.

    But who are the man and woman in the commercial? One Twitter user suggested they could be Wanda and Pietro’s deceased parents, alive again either in her memory or her dream universe.

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    Theory #7: Wanda and Vision’s children could pave the way for Young Avengers.

    At the end of episode 2, it’s revealed Wanda is pregnant, seemingly as if by magic, and we know from previously released trailers that she gives birth to twins. These are almost definitely her twins from the comics, Billy and Tommy Maximoff, who have superpowers similar to Wanda and Pietro’s—hex abilities and super-speed.

    Billy and Tommy are stupendous characters in their own right, and they eventually become leaders of the Young Avengers, another popular franchise that Marvel might have plans to cinema-tize. But they also have complicated origins: They’re actually created from fragments of a demon’s soul, and that realization is part of what originally drives Wanda insane during House of M.

    So what if some larger power wants Wanda to have children—and for those children to have something evil lurking within them? A Reddit fan mentioned how ominous it was for the denizens of Westview to repeat “for the children” prior to the talent show. Maybe Mephisto or Nightmare have crafted a sort of “incubator” for super-powered mutants. The MCU has done crazier things before.

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    Theory #8: Wanda will create mutant-kind.

    How about we go even bigger and bolder? If we know anything about the MCU, it’s that the creators aren’t afraid of ambitious storylines. Plus, more franchises = more $. And the X-Men franchise is a money-maker.

    Disney owns the rights to X-Men, which is why you’ll see those films on your Disney+ queue. So it’s probably not absurd to assume the Avengers MCU and the X-Men universe will eventually collide on the silver screen, as they do in the comics. WandaVision could be what makes that happen.

    One Reddit fan suggested that, after Wanda escapes from her sitcom reality and realizes Vision and her children aren’t real, she might have the ultimate mental break—one that results in the creation of mutants like her, spawning a bridge between her universe and the world of X-Men. Maybe it’s a stretch. But let’s just say I wouldn’t be surprised.

    This story will be updated each week after new episodes of WandaVision drop.

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