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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 13 February 1979Newport, Rhode Island, USA
Birth NameMena Alexandra Suvari
Height 5' 4" (1.63 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Mother was a nurse; father was a psychiatrist. Mena was raised in a Rhode Island home that was built in 1870. 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" in their titles: American Pie (1999), American Beauty (1999) and Live Virgin (1999). In 2001, she added American Pie 2 (2001) to that list. And then, more than a decade later, she added yet another "American" film to her resume, with American Reunion (2012). Did her own singing in American Pie (1999). Her mother is half-Greek and her father is Estonian-American. Named #69 on the Maxim magazine "Hot 100 of 2005" list. Ranked #73 on the Maxim magazine "Hot 100 of 2007" list. Ranked #52 on the Maxim magazine "Hot 100 of 2008" list. Had early aspirations of becoming an archaeologist. Has a tattoo on her back of a lion's head over the words, "Word Sound Power". In addition to appearing in 5 films with the word "American" in the title, she also appeared in two episodes of the TV series, American Horror Story (2011).

- IMDb Mini Biography By: ICM

Spouse (2)

Simone Sestito (26 June 2010 - 1 October 2012) (divorced)
Robert Brinkmann (4 March 2000 - 10 May 2005) (divorced)

Trivia (23)

Graduated from Providence High School in Burbank, California class of 1997.
Her last name, "Suvari", pronounced "soo-VAHR-ee", is Estonian. Her father is Estonian, and her mother is of half Greek descent.
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 Live Virgin (1999). In 2001, she added American Pie 2 (2001) to that list. And then, more than a decade later, she added yet another "American" film to her resume, with American Reunion (2012).
Mena and her ex-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 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.
Ranked #52 on the Maxim magazine Hot 100 of 2008 list.
Announced her engagement to Simone Sestito, having been in a relationship with him since September 2007, after he proposed to her on holiday in Jamaica (16 July 2008).
Had early aspirations of becoming an archaeologist. She and her brothers used to dig holes in their backyard, looking for buried treasure.
Has a tattoo on her back of a lion's head over the words, "Word Sound Power" which is the title of a Christafari album; so is the lion's head ("Lion of Zion" is the production company.)
Filed for divorce from her second husband Siomone Sestio after 1 year and 6 months of marriage and two months of separation [January 13, 2012].
In addition to appearing in 5 films with the word "American" in the title, she also appeared in two episodes of the TV series, American Horror Story (2011).
First wife of Robert Brinkmann.

Personal Quotes (9)

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.
[Talking about working with Stuart Gordon on 2007's Stuck (2007)] The greatest thing about working with Stuart is that I love what he loves - stories like this. I really enjoy the dark side, and his work is so macabre. But as a director, he's very calm, yet he has this great energy. Initially, it was tough to dissect this character, but Stuart has given me ample freedom to ask questions and experiment with my performance.
I'm accepting of who I am and how diverse I am and honoring that.
I'm 26 years old. I don't need to be playing 16 anymore.
I love art and fashion.
You have to surround yourself with people who love you and want the best for you.
A year or so ago I went through all the people in my life and asked myself: does this person inspire me, genuinely love me and support me unconditionally? I wanted nothing but positive influences in my life.
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.
It's nice when people want your autograph, but it's a little strange because I never expected it.

Salary (1)

American Reunion (2012) $750,000

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