PHOTOS - Minka Kelly slideshow

Actress Minka Kelly reveals in the October issue of Cosmopolitan magazine that she had a "pretty complicated" relationship" with her stripper mother.

The 31-year-old 'Charlie's Angels' star recalled her mother Maureen Kelly, who died from colon cancer in 2008, reports MSN's Wonderwall.

"She was 5'11"," she said. "Legs up to her ears, gorgeous. She got along on that for as long as she could."

Her mother raised Minka as a single parent. The actress's father, former guitarist Rick Dufay, "wanted to try the family thing," says Kelly, but her mom "was too busy having fun."

"It wasn't like he didn't want to be part of our lives," she adds.

"I didn't know how to appreciate what good friends we were," Kelly admits. "Because I just wanted her to be my mom."

Minka made peace with her mother before her death.

"By the time she passed I was holding her," Kelly says. "I was with her until her last breath. We made it."

PHOTOS - Minka Kelly slideshow