At first, Aimee Teegarden’s parents didn’t want her to be an actress. Growing up in Orange, Calif., the now-21-year-old thesp had to beg her mom and dad for acting classes.

“They thought I was going to get over it, and 10 years later, here I am,” says Teegarden, who’s been with NBC’s “Friday Night Lights” for all five of its seasons.

Teegarden caught the eye of an agent who had stopped by her class and later signed with Innovative Artists. After a few commercials and modeling gigs, Teegarden decided to pursue film and TV roles aggressively. In addition to “Lights,” the young actress has also appeared on “Hannah Montana” and “90210.”

But 2011 looks to be her big year, with a part in Wes Craven’s “Scream 4” as well as lead roles in Disney’s bigscreen “Prom” and surf drama “Beautiful Wave” (the latter she also associate produced).

She just bought her first house and is busy dealing with all the “adult stuff” that comes with it. And while she loves acting, Teegarden says she wouldn’t mind working more behind the camera, too.

“I’m definitely not the actor who wants to direct,” she says. “I would love to do some more producing.”