Mena Suvari Biography
Birth Name - Mena Adrienne Suvari
Date of Birth - 13 February 1979
Newport, Rhode Island, USA
Nickname - Bean
Height - 5' 4" (1.63 m)
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Mena Adrienne Suvari was born on 13 February 1979, in Newport, Rhode Island. Her father was Ando Suvari, a psychiatrist; and her mother Candice, a nurse. Mena's first name comes from her British Aunt named after the Mena Hotel (at the base of the pyramids in Egypt); her last name is Estonian. Mena has 3 older brothers. Mena started modeling at age 12, and her acting career began when she did a Rice-a-Roni commercial at age 13. She was also a Wilhelmina model for a few years. Mena attended middle school at the Ashley Hall all-girls school in Charleston, South Carolina, and graduated from Providence High School in Burbank, California.
Mena was a natural for movies: she is petite (5' 4"), has blue eyes, and her natural hair color is blonde. Mena's breakout role was as a choir girl in the teen comedy American Pie (1999). This was followed by her great performance in American Beauty (1999), which she won a SAG award for outstanding performance by a cast, and a BAFTA award nomination.
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Spouse - Robert Brinkmann (4 March 2000 - 2006) (divorced)
Graduated from Providence High School in Burbank, California class of 1997.
Her first name came from an Egyptian godmother.
Is a natural blonde.
Last name "Suvari", pronounced "soo-VAHR-ee", is Estonian.
First name "Mena", pronounced "MEE-nah".
Has 3 older brothers, 1 of them in the US army.
Mother is a nurse; father is a psychiatrist.
Mena was raised in a Rhode Island home that was built in 1870 and which she and her brothers believed was haunted. They saw several apparitions over the years, all of which she believed were friendly.
People Weekly magazine titled an article about her "All-American Girl" (1999).
Declared as the most "patriotic" artist of 2000 by Entertainment Weekly magazine, making allusion to her 3 consecutive movies with the word "American" on their titles: American Pie (1999), American Beauty (1999) and American Virgin (2000). In 2001, she added American Pie 2 (2001) to that list.
Her mother is of Greek descent.
Mena and her husband Robert Brinkmann have taken considerable flak because of their age difference - 18 years. Robert is a cinematographer.
Did her own singing in American Pie (1999).
Auditioned for the role of Mary Jane in Spider-Man (2002).
Her father is Estonian.
Her older brother A.J., formerly an Intelligence Analyst in the U.S. Army, is currently a real estate agent in Virginia Beach, Virginia.
Filed for divorce from cinematographer Robert Brinkmann after five years of marriage. The actress cited irreconcilable differences (10 May 2005).
Attended workshops at TVI Actors Studio.
Named #69 on the Maxim magazine "Hot 100 of 2005" list.
Ranked #73 on the Maxim magazine Hot 100 of 2007 list.
Personal quotes from Mena Suvari
"It's nice when people want your autograph, but it's a little strange because I never expected it. I still kind of think, 'Oh, who am I?'"
"I'm 26 years old. I don't need to be playing 16 anymore. Mentally and emotionally, I'm in such a different place than those roles."
"One of the things you learn being in the public eye is that you have the ability to raise awareness about serious issues, and, in the process, really help people. I've chosen to get the word out to women, especially young women, that tobacco is not glamorous - it's addictive and smoking takes a serious toll on your health."
Mena Suvari Filmography
The Garden of Eden (2008) .... Catherine Bourne
Day of the Dead (2008) (V) .... Sarah Bowman
The Mysteries of Pittsburgh (2008) .... Phlox Lombardi
Stuck (2007) .... Brandi
Brooklyn Rules (2007) .... Ellen
Factory Girl (2006) .... Richie Berlin
The Dog Problem (2006) .... Jules
Caffeine (2006/I) .... Vanessa
Orpheus (2006) (TV) .... Sue Ellen
Kingdom Hearts II (2005) (VG) (voice: English version) .... Aerith Gainsborough
... aka Kingudamu hâtsu II (Japan)
Rumor Has It... (2005) .... Annie Huttinger
... aka Rumour Has It... (Australia) (Canada: English title) (New Zealand: English title)
Domino (2005) .... Kimmie
Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children (2005) (voice: English version) .... Aerith Gainsborough
Edmond (2005) .... Whore
Standing Still (2005/II) .... Lana
Beauty Shop (2005) .... Joanne
"Six Feet Under" .... Edie (7 episodes, 2004)
- The Black Forest (2004) TV episode .... Edie
- Coming and Going (2004) TV episode .... Edie
- The Dare (2004) TV episode .... Edie
- Terror Starts at Home (2004) TV episode .... Edie
- Can I Come Up Now? (2004) TV episode .... Edie
Trauma (2004/I) .... Charlotte
Sonny (2002) .... Carol
Spun (2002) .... Cookie
The Musketeer (2001) .... Francesca Bonacieux
American Pie 2 (2001) .... Heather
Sugar & Spice (2001) .... Kansas Hill
Loser (2000) .... Dora Diamond
... aka The Loser (USA)
American Virgin (2000) .... Katrina Bartalotti
... aka Live Virgin (France) (UK) (USA: working title)
American Beauty (1999) .... Angela Hayes
American Pie (1999) .... Heather
Atomic Train (1999) (TV) .... Grace Seger
The Rage: Carrie 2 (1999) .... Lisa Parker
Slums of Beverly Hills (1998) .... Rachel Hoffman
"413 Hope St." .... Crystal (1 episode, 1997)
- Thanksgiving (1997) TV episode .... Crystal
"Chicago Hope" .... Ivy Moore (1 episode, 1997)
- Sympathy for the Devil (1997) TV episode .... Ivy Moore
Kiss the Girls (1997) (as Mena A. Suvari) .... Coty Pierce
Snide and Prejudice (1997) .... Geli Raubal
Nowhere (1997) .... Zoe
"High Incident" .... Jill Marsh (2 episodes, 1996-1997)
- Camino High (1997) TV episode .... Jill Marsh
- Nobody Walks in El Camino (1996) TV episode .... Jill Marsh
"ER" .... Laura-Lee Armitage (1 episode, 1996)
- Last Call (1996) TV episode .... Laura-Lee Armitage
"Minor Adjustments" .... Emily (1 episode, 1996)
- A Fish Story (1996) TV episode .... Emily
"Boy Meets World" .... Hilary / ... (2 episodes, 1995-1996)
- The Grass Is Always Greener (1996) TV episode .... Hilary
- Danger Boy (1995) TV episode .... Laura