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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)

Mena Alexandra Süvari was born in Newport, Rhode Island to Candice (Thompson), a nurse, and Ando Süvari, a psychiatrist. Her father was Estonian and her mother is of Greek, English, and German descent. Mena was raised in a Rhode Island home that was built in 1870 and had early aspirations of becoming an archaeologist before moving to Charleston, SC where she then attended a nationwide modeling competition that landed her a contract with Wilhelmina Models. She later moved out to Los Angeles under their children's theatrical division WeeWillys, which began her acting career.

Her film debut was made working with director Gregg Araki in the cult-classic Nowhere (1997) which was soon followed up by the blockbuster American Pie (1999), for which she did her own singing, and the five-time Oscar-awarded American Beauty (1999) directed by Sam Mendes, in which she was nominated for a BAFTA Award as Best Supporting Actress. People Weekly magazine titled an article about her, "All-American Girl" (1999), and she was declared as the most "patriotic" artist of 2000 by Entertainment Weekly magazine. In 2001, as part of the blockbuster franchise, she added American Pie 2 (2001) to that list, and then more than a decade later with American Reunion (2012). She reunited with Jason Biggs in Amy Heckerling's romantic comedy Loser (2000) and then continued to showcase her range in ability to costar with John Leguizamo in Jonas Åkerlund's cult-classic Spun (2002) and then alongside Jennifer Aniston in Rob Reiner's Rumor Has It (2005) and Tony Scott's Domino (2005). Mena was named #69 on the Maxim magazine "Hot 100 of 2005" list, was ranked #73 on the Maxim magazine "Hot 100 of 2007" list, and #52 on the Maxim magazine "Hot 100 of 2008" list. Mena rounded out her creative pursuits by playing the iconic Black Dahlia in Ryan Murphy's television series American Horror Story (2011) and continued working in the medium by following up with an arc in the hit series Chicago Fire (2013), as well as leading the Amazon pilot Hysteria (2014) and WeTv's mini-series South of Hell (2015), executive produced by both Eli Roth and Jason Blum for Blumhouse Productions.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: MPE

Spouse (2)

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

Trivia (22)

Graduated from Providence High School in Burbank, California class of 1997.
Her last name, "Suvari", pronounced "soo-VAHR-ee", is Estonian. Her father was Estonian, and her mother is American-born. Mena's maternal grandfather had English and German ancestry, while Mena's maternal grandmother was the daughter of Greek immigrants.
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.
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).
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.
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".
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 (8)

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 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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