Mena Suvari

Actor, Model
Actress-model Mena Suvari may have begun her career as a doe-eyed ingnue, but she soon proved herself not only willing, but capable of taking on grittier roles in projects both large and small. Rocketing to stardom with ... Read more »
Born: 02/13/1979 in Newport, Rhode Island, USA

Filmography

Actor (56)

Badge of Honor 2015 (Movie)

Jessica Dawson (Actor)

Don't Blink 2015 (Movie)

Tracy (Actor)

South Of Hell 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Actor

Hollywood Game Night 2014 (Tv Show)

Guest

Chicago Fire 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Stalkers 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Actor

American Reunion 2012 (Movie)

Heather (Actor)

The Knot 2012 (Movie)

(Actor)

You May Not Kiss the Bride 2012 (Movie)

(Actor)

Restitution 2011 (Movie)

Heather (Actor)

The Cape 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Hemingway's Garden of Eden 2010 (Movie)

Catherine Bourne (Actor)

Psych 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Mysteries of Pittsburgh 2009 (Movie)

Phlox (Actor)

Day of the Dead (Remake) 2008 (Movie)

Sarah (Actor)

Stuck 2008 (Movie)

Brandi (Actor)

Brooklyn Rules 2007 (Movie)

Ellen (Actor)

Caffeine 2007 (Movie)

Vanessa (Actor)

The Dog Problem 2007 (Movie)

Jules (Actor)

Edmond 2006 (Movie)

Whore (Actor)

Factory Girl 2006 (Movie)

Richie Berlin (Actor)

Standing Still 2006 (Movie)

Lana (Actor)

Beauty Shop 2005 (Movie)

Joanne (Actor)

Domino 2005 (Movie)

Kimmie (Actor)

Jimmy Kimmel Live 2005 (Tv Show)

Guest

Rumor Has It... 2005 (Movie)

Annie Huttinger (Actor)

Boy Meets World 1994 - 1996, 2003 - 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

Celebrity Poker Showdown 2003 - 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

Chicago Hope 1994 - 1998, 2003 - 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

High Incident 1994 - 1997, 2003 - 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

Six Feet Under 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

Trauma 2004 (Movie)

Charlotte (Actor)

Spun 2003 (Movie)

Cookie (Actor)

Sonny 2002 (Movie)

Carol (Actor)

American Pie 2 2001 (Movie)

Heather (Actor)

Making the Movie: American Pie II 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Snide and Prejudice 2001 (Movie)

Geli (Actor)

Sugar & Spice 2001 (Movie)

Kansas (Actor)

The 2001 MTV Movie Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

The Musketeer 2001 (Movie)

Francesca (Actor)

Live Virgin 2000 (Movie)

Katrina (Actor)

Loser 2000 (Movie)

Dora Diamond (Actor)

Teen People's 25 Hottest Stars Under 25 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

The 2000 MTV Movie Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

The 72nd Annual Academy Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

American Beauty 1999 (Movie)

Angela Hayes (Actor)

American Pie 1999 (Movie)

Heather (Actor)

The Rage: Carrie 2 1999 (Movie)

Lisa (Actor)

413 Hope Street 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

The Slums of Beverly Hills 1998 (Movie)

Rachel (Actor)

Kiss the Girls 1997 (Movie)

Coty Pierce (Actor)

Nowhere 1997 (Movie)

Zoe (Actor)

ER 1996 (Tv Show)

Actor

Minor Adjustments 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Atomic Train (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

Actress-model Mena Suvari may have begun her career as a doe-eyed ingénue, but she soon proved herself not only willing, but capable of taking on grittier roles in projects both large and small. Rocketing to stardom with high-profile roles in two of the year's biggest films - "American Pie" (1999) and "American Beauty" (1999) - the 20-year-old actress suddenly found herself in the precarious position of being one of Hollywood's hottest properties. There was, of course, the requisite sequel "American Pie 2" (2001), although impressive work in films like "Spun" (2002) and a recurring role on "Six Feet Under" (HBO, 2001-05) did much to dispel any misconceptions about a perceived lack of depth. Nonetheless, the danger of playing against expectations bore itself out as Suvari struggled to find her footing over the ensuing years in a hodgepodge of films that included the thrillers "Trauma" (2004) and "Stuck" (2008), neither of which approached the commercial or critical success of her earlier efforts. Guest turns on television series like "Psych" (USA Network, 2006- ) and "American Horror Story" (FX, 2011- ), gradually filled out periods between feature film projects, including a return to the raunchy comedy franchise that started it all with "American Reunion" (2012). Although never forgetting her lighthearted roots, Suvari had grown as an actress considerably over the course of the decade, and sought to demonstrate her dexterity as a performer in a wide array of roles in any number of genres.

Relationships

Robert Brinkmann Director of Photography

Husband
Met on the set of "Sugar and Spice" (2001) Married on March 4, 2000 Divorced on May 10, 2005

Jay Bulloch

Companion
Dated in 2005 No longer together

Mike Carrasco

Companion
Met in 2005 at 'Battle of the Year," a breakdancing competition Ended relationship after dating for several months

Simone Sestito

Husband
Began dating 2007 Engaged July 2008 during a vacation in Jamaica Married June 26, 2010 in Vatican City Suvari filed for divorce Jan. 13, 2012 Divorce finalized Oct. 1, 2012

Ando Suvari

Father
Estonian-American

Candice Suvari

Mother
Greek-American

A Suvari

Brother
Older; attended The Citadel and enlisted in the U.S. Army

Sulev Suvari

Brother
Older; attended The Citadel and enlisted in the U.S. Army

Yuri Suvari

Brother
Older

EDUCATION

Providence High School

Burbank , California 1997
A Catholic high school

Ashley Hall

Charleston , South Carolina
An all girls school; Suvari attended the middle school

Milestones

2012

Reprised role of Heather along with original cast in "American Reunion"

2011

Played Elizabeth Short, the infamous Black Dahlia on the first season of "American Horror Story" (FX)

2009

Appeared in the film version of Michael Chabon's novel "The Mysteries of Pittsburgh"

2008

Shaved her head to play the lead role in the feature adaptation of Ernest Hemingway's "The Garden of Eden"

2007

Co-starred with Freddie Prinze Jr. in Michael Corrente's "Brooklyn Rules"

2006

Co-starred in the indie comedy "Standing Still"

2005

Played Jennifer Aniston's younger sister in Rob Reiner's "Rumor Has It..."

2005

Appeared in the comedy "Beauty Shop," starring Queen Latifah

2005

Cast opposite Keira Knightley in "Domino," about model-turned-bounty hunter Domino Harvey

2004

Landed recurring role as a fellow art student of Claire Fisher's on the HBO series "Six Feet Under"; earned a Screen Actors Guild nomination

2002

Co-starred with Jason Schwartzman and Mickey Rourke in "Spun"

2001

Played the female lead opposite Justin Chambers in "The Musketeer"

2001

Co-starred in Francine McDougall’s crime comedy "Sugar & Spice"

2000

Co-starred with "American Pie" veteran Jason Biggs in Amy Heckerling's college-set comedy "Loser"

1999

Portrayed Kevin Spacey’s fantasy object, seductive cheerleader Angela, in Sam Mendes' "American Beauty"

1999

Played virginal choir girl Heather in the Weitz brothers’ ensemble comedy "American Pie"

1999

Played the only friend of a lonely girl with telekinetic powers in "The Rage: Carrie 2"

1999

Played Rob Lowe's rebellious teenage daughter in the NBC disaster miniseries "Atomic Train"

1998

Acted opposite Natasha Lyonne in "The Slums of Beverly Hills"

1997

Played a young girl abused by her uncle Adolf in Philippe Mora’s "Snide and Prejudice"

1997

Film debut in Gregg Araki's "Nowhere"

1997

Appeared in episodes of the medical dramas "ER" (NBC) and "Chicago Hope" (CBS)

1996

First acting roles, appeared on "Boy Meets World" (ABC) and "Minor Adjustments" (UPN)

1996

Played the recurring role of brash Sergeant Jim Marsh’s daughter on ABC's "High Incident"

Signed by the Wilhelmina modeling agency and did print work for Oscar de la Renta

Relocated with family to California

TV debut in a commercial for Rice-A-Roni

Bonus Trivia

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Suvari did her own singing in "American Pie" (1999).

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Suvari on her role in "American Beauty" (1999): "When I first read the script, I thought that the character, Angela, was hilarious in some ways, but also pathetic. I immediately created this vision of how I could see her being played, whether it was me playing her or someone else. I wanted to show people that I could be funny or dramatic but seductive and sexy and more grown-up that the sweet, perfectly combed straight-hair girl with the little sweater sets I played in 'American Pie.' When I went into this room to meet the producers and the casting director, I wore my leather boots and my little skirt, and I just let go. In my own life, I've always had fun playing with the kind of flamboyance I brought to Angela. It was like a personality I had already created on my own." – from Interview magazine, March 2000

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"I look at her as such a little girl. She gets excited about cookies and kittens and if there's lamb for lunch. She can look really beautiful and flirtatious, but it's like when a girl puts on a crinoline slip and makes sexy poses. She's playing." – "Loser" director Amy Heckerling on Suvari, from Premiere magazine, June 2000

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Suvari on stardom: "I never thought I would be where I am right now. It's all exploded for me. There are people who have lived here for decades and haven't even gotten a commercial. Here I am, a kid who came here with her parents with no thought of being an actor, and now I have people sticking microphones in my face, and I just can't say anything. I go to an awards show and there are all these people screaming and waving when they don't even know me. My agent says to me, 'Turn around and wave frequently just to be nice and courteous.' And I'm like, who am I? Some of the people out there yelling and cheering are my age. Some of them are probably smarter than me. I mean, I was someone who was totally picked on in high school. I'm thankful and grateful but I don't necessarily understand it and it feels weird." – from Movieline magazine, June 2000

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