Minka Kelly: My Stripper Mom Was the Best

10/11/2010 at 03:25 PM EDT

Minka Kelly: My Stripper Mom Was the Best
Courtesy Esquire
Traumatized? Hardly.

Minka Kelly says she had the best days of her life when her mom kept strange hours with an unusual job.

"She was a stripper," Kelly, who was named Esquire's Sexiest Woman Alive this year, tells the magazine. "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."

The Friday Night Lights actress, 30, who is the girlfriend – and possible fiancée – of York Yankees star Derek Jeter, says she wasn't the least bit embarrassed by her mother.

"My mom lived a fast life," she says. "That was so much fun. We would have a blast and buy a hundred dollars in groceries. It was just the best day ever."

In fact, being brought with a mom who was a dancer for most of her life has helped her discover her sexy side.

"It was really liberating. It was exciting," she says. "I would look at the pictures, like, that's me?"

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