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Mena Suvari bio, Age, Husband, Movies, American Pie

Mena Suvari Biography

Mena Suvari was born in Newport, Rhode Island, the United States as Mena Alexandra Suvari. She is an American actress, fashion designer, and model. Suvari rose to fame for her roles in the 1999 romantic drama film American Beauty, for which she received a BAFTA Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress.

Mena Suvari Age

Mena Alexandra Suvari was born on February 13, 1979, in Newport, Rhode Island, U.S. She is 40 years old as of 2019.

Mena Suvari  Family

Suvari was born in Newport, Rhode Island on February 13, 1979, to Candice a nurse and psychiatrist Ando Ivar Süvari. She has three older siblings AJ, Sulev, and Jüri.

Mena Suvari Husband

Suvari was first married to Robert Brinkmann 4 March 2000 and later divorced on 10 May 2005. Suvari met Simone Sestito, Italian Canadian concert promoter In 2007 and began dating. The two married on June 26, 2010, in a private chapel in Rome. The two later divorced in 2012. In October 2018, she married her boyfriend Michael Hope.

Mena Suvari Height

Mena Alexandra Suvari stands at 1.61 m tall.

Mena Suvari  Image

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Mena Suvari  Career

Suvari modeled for the New York-based Wilhelmina agency. She later started her acting career with guest appearances in television series such as ‘Boy Meets World’ and ‘Minor Adjustments’. She also played Jill Marsh in ‘High Incident’. In 1997, she had roles in ‘Nowhere’, ‘Snide and Prejudice’, ‘Kiss the Girls’, ‘Chicago Hope’, and ‘413 Hope St.’. Suvari also appeared as Rachel in ‘Slums of Beverly Hills’. Since then, she has also featured in numerous movies and television series.
Suvari has appeared in ‘American Horror Story’, ‘American Woman’, ‘Clarence’, ‘Psych: The Movie’, ‘Justice League Action’, ‘Inside Amy Schumer’, ‘South of Hell’, ‘Badge of Honor’, ‘Don’t Blink’, ‘Chicago Fire’, ‘Whisper of Fear’, ‘You May Not Kiss the Bride’, ‘The Garden of Eden’, ‘The Mysteries of Pittsburgh’, ‘Factory Girl’, ‘Edmond’, ‘Six Feet Under’, ‘Just Shoot Me!’, ‘Sugar & Spice’, and ‘Atomic Train’ among others. she also has a credit as a producer.

Mena Suvari Net Worth

Mena Suvari the American actress and model have an estimated net worth of $7 million dollars.

Mena Suvari American Pie

Mena Suvari starred in American Pie, a 1999 American teen sex comedy film, playing the role of Heather Gardner.

Mena Suvari American Horror Story

American Horror Story is an American anthology horror television series where Suvari played the role of Elizabeth Short (Black Dahlia).

Mena Suvari American Beauty Age

Mena Suvari starred in American Beauty, a 1999 American drama film, portraying Angela Hayes.

Mena Suvari Loser

Loser is a 2000 American teen romantic comedy, where Mena Suvari starred in playing the role of Dora Diamond.

Mena Suvari Teenage Dirtbag

Mena Suvari portrays the love interest who unexpectedly invites the protagonist to an Iron Maiden concert in the video clip Teenage Dirtbag.

Mena Suvari Spun

Spun is a 2002 American black comedy crime drama film where Mena Suvari starred in playing the role of Cookie.

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Mena Suvari Movies





The Murder of Nicole Brown Simpson

Nicole Brown Simpson

Don’t Tell A Soul






Badge of Honor

Jessica Dawson


Don’t Blink


The Opposite Sex



American Reunion


The Knot






You May Not Kiss the Bride



Day of the Dead

Sarah Bowman

The Mysteries of Pittsburgh

Phlox Lombardi

The Garden of Eden

Catherine Bourne


Brooklyn Rules



Brandi Boski


Factory Girl

Richie Berlin



The Dog Problem


Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children

Aerith Gainsborough (voice)


Standing Still




Rumor Has It

Annie Huttinger



Beauty Shop

Joanne Marcus










The Musketeer

Francesca Bonacieux

American Pie 2


Sugar & Spice

Kansas Hill



Dora Diamond

American Virgin

Katrina Bartalotti


American Pie


The Rage: Carrie 2

Lisa Parker

Atomic Train

Grace Seger

American Beauty

Angela Hayes


Slums of Beverly Hills

Rachel Hoffman


Kiss the Girls

Coty Pierce

Snide and Prejudice

Geli Raubal



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Mena Suvari  Interview

Published: Mar 31, 2012


What was the main catalyst for you to start living cruelty-free, more sustainable life?

I would have to say the MAIN catalyst would be watching the fantastic, eye-opening documentary, What the Health.

How long has it been?

I’ve been eating vegan and living a cruelty-free lifestyle for about 11 months now.

What are some of the most difficult aspects of vegan living, for you?

Working on sets and traveling is always a challenge. But I am learning how to address these more and more each day. Like learning how to always have healthy food for myself while I am working long hours or knowing that I can always log into my airline accounts and choose “vegetarian (non-dairy)” meals for flights.

How does veganism tie into your love of sustainable fashion?

It’s mainly love and respect for all animals. For me personally, once I went vegan I HAD to go cruelty-free; it only made sense to me. I wasn’t happy with myself wearing leather, etc when I had ethically and spiritually chosen to go vegan with my diet.

Who are some of your favorite sustainable fashion designers?

So many to choose from and so many I am still excitingly finding! But a few are Deux Lux, AMUR (below), Susi Shoes, Dá Quy, Unreal Fur, Angela Roi, Sachin & Babi, Sydney Brown, von Holzhausen, Mireia Playà, Veerah, BC Footwear, Mashu, Hoodlamb.

It also means a great deal to me that I am supported by such a phenomenal team, like my stylist Nola Singer, who work so hard to support my beliefs. She introduced me to some of these amazing new brands and continues to do so. And for us to have that opportunity is a lot of fun. We love to find and support amazing ethical, cruelty-free designers.

Tell us a bit about your beauty routine: which skincare brands do you love, and what are some of your favorite makeup products?

I try to keep it very fresh and simple these days and when I’m not having to be on camera I like to wear a light tinted moisturizer with SPF and maybe some mascara from 100% Pure. I love their line and use it also for my skin care regimen. They have a great new line of single-use masks for brightening or collagen reboot which is wonderful to use on press or work days. And it’s also been fun to find new lines with my makeup artist Robert Bryan like Too Faced Born This Way Foundation which is not only cruelty-free but vegan as well! And Cruelty-Free 24/7 eyeliners from Urban Decay and Hourglass.

After going vegan, what do you typically eat in a day?

I’m pretty easy in the morning and like to have a latte with oat milk or coconut milk, which is so yummy! And for lunch, I usually have something more substantial like a grain bowl or trying an amazing vegan burger like the Impossible burger. And for dinner, it sometimes depends as I also love to cook very much. So when I have time and am able, I like to experiment in my kitchen with new recipes I find.

What’s your go-to favorite vegan recipe?

I love making Mexican cuisine inspired dishes. It’s lovely and very easy to be able to incorporate so many flavors I adore into one meal.

How do you deal with friends and family that still eat meat and wear fur and leather?

I think it’s important to always stimulate discussion, and although I feel like I choose to live by example, I don’t ever want to force my beliefs onto anyone who isn’t ready. Because people come to change only when they are willing to do so themselves, It’s a very personal journey and I love to encourage others, but don’t ever want to make someone feel “wrong”. It’s more about finding the opportunity to introduce new ideas and “plant the seed”.

Do you feel veganism and cruelty-free living are linked into a sense of spirituality?

I completely do and appreciate your question! I truly believe that everything is simply energy composed and I couldn’t make the connection between eating animal products anymore when there is so much torture and horror that goes into the processes of providing these products for us. It simply didn’t make me “feel good”. It’s like “lifting the veil”, as one friend said to me: once you’ve seen what you’ve seen, you can’t go back into the same old patterns of thinking and living.

Which eco-warriors do you most admire?

So many! But I would have said one of my faves is Moby. That man is such a force! And it all comes from a place of truly wanting more for others. To help others FEEL and EXIST better. And the way that he continuously, selflessly gives back, truly inspires me!

After making the switch to more ethical fashion and beauty, what further changes would you like to make to your lifestyle?

I hope to be able to get fancier and more creative in my kitchen like have a dinner party that is all plant-based! I want to learn more about how to have fun with recipes and learn how particular flavors go together. To use new and exciting products to create combinations I’ve never tried before.

What’s your greatest ‘eco-sin’ that you’re still working on?

I want to change my car. I have been thinking a lot about it lately, and after presenting at the Global Green event in Los Angeles this year, I was introduced to the Fuel Cell Hydrogen car from Toyota and Honda. I really appreciate the fact that water is the only emission and there isn’t a battery that isn’t biodegradable and left over for someone to try to dispose of.

What advice would you give to someone wanting to live more ethically, but not sure how to start?

I would say that even considering a change is the best start! And to check in with oneself to find out what it is that drives you and that you are the most passionate about. Begin with educating yourself. Look for information and resources that shed light on what is really happening in the world and what needs to change. When doing a period piece like Hemingway’s Garden of Eden, is your preparation radically different from a role in a contemporary film?

Mena Suvari: I always try to immerse myself completely into what I do and it was very important to me that Catherine was portrayed as close as possible to the original story of the book. Therefore, I studied the book through in and throughout as well as read it several times to be able to fully grasp Catherine and her struggles. We were also given a huge package full of information on the time period, including the politics, dress, and even specific language of the time. We then spent a great deal of time discussing every aspect of the script in reference to the book to make sure we were all fully prepared.

AE: Catherine is someone who is so comfortable with her sexuality and even toying with gender roles (such as when she tells David in bed that he’s the girl and she’s the boy). Is she ahead of her time?

MS: I believe that Catherine suffers from a great deal of insecurity and spent most of her life struggling with her inner desires of “being a boy” and of what she was expected to do. I think she finds a sort of solace at the beginning of her relationship with David and feels comfortable to embark on her transformation, yet unaware of where it will eventually lead her. She’s a woman who is strong in her character and individualistic. She dresses in fisherman’s shirts, wears shorts, and travels alone, which are all definitely aspects of a woman ahead of her time.

AE: Do you see the affair with Marita as more about control than actually being about sexuality? Or maybe it’s a little bit of both? (Or am I totally off base?)

MS: I think that Catherine is looking for a new way to live her life and make herself happy. I believe she enjoys taunting David with this new desire of having another woman and thinks that in some respect she might garner more affection/acceptance from him, but I do think that the majority of choices Catherine makes are for the sole purpose of making sense out of her own internal chaos. She enjoys experimenting with the feeling of being the “man” in the relationship, but at the same time is trying to also be the “good,” productive, “perfect” wife.

AE: Is it easier or more difficult to do a love scene with another woman as opposed to with a man?

MS: I think that all love scenes are a bit awkward to shoot regardless of the sex.

AE: The sets and costumes are fantastic. How much did that help you get into the role of Catherine?

MS: Oh, a great deal! I was thankful to be working in such a picturesque location and have the opportunity to work with such an amazing costumer, Alexandra Byrne. I am a huge lover of all things fashion and I felt like a kid in a candy store! There was one particular scene where Catherine meets Colonel Philip Boyle (played by Richard E. Grant) and she is wearing a peacock blue chiffon gown. The fabric was an original of the house of Chanel from the 1920s/’30s and was made into the style of dress that I wore. It was absolute magic for me! I am a HUGE fan of the 1920s/’30s and so it was a dream for me to be transported back into that time.

AE: Catherine frowns upon David’s reviews of his work. Is it merely that she’s threatened that David will lose interest in her?

MS: I think that based upon her insecurities, she’s not able to support her husbands’ success. It definitely threatens her. Yet, I don’t believe Catherine puts much thought into her husband losing interest in her. I think that what she finds comfort in, is knowing that she is able to manipulate David in the ways that she wants.

AE: David calls Catherine “devil” almost like a pet name yet she isn’t exactly an angel at times. Do you think it’s wrong or accurate to think of her as more bad than good?

MS: After Catherine plays her first role-reversal game with David she asks him if they’ve “gone to the devil” because I believe, that she wants reassurance for herself. Again, I feel that a lot of the choices that Catherine makes stem from her insecurities and her somewhat spontaneous nature. I don’t believe that it’s a negative or mean-spirited place she comes from. Therefore, I hope that people are able to identify with that and not just see her as “bad.” There’s a tornado of emotion swirling around within Catherine and I feel she’s been trying all her life to make sense of it all.

AE: Do you personally think it’s possible to be in love with two people at the same time? David says no in the film but 

MS: I think that being in love with more than one person is definitely possible, it’s just a question of whether or not the person acts on those desires and how far they go with expressing that love. Although, being in relationships, in general, are always a bit of a challenge. Many times people act based on what they are taught and what society accepts/demands as normal and don’t always behave as they themselves would wish.

AE: You’ve appeared nude before in films before. Does it get easier the more you do it or is it always awkward?

MS: They’re always a bit uncomfortable for everyone, I believe. But you make sure to communicate the type of environment you prefer to work in and remain professional.

AE: Because Garden of Eden is said to be semi-autobiographical, did you do any research into Hemingway’s life or did you stick to the script?

MS: I mainly stuck to the study of the book as well as the script, but also read up on the time period and Hemingway himself throughout the packet we were given from our director, John Irvin.

AE: What did you find in Catherine that you could relate to?

MS: I felt that could relate to the inner struggles of growing up as a woman who is, to a certain extent, expected to look, act, and behave a certain way and always feeling a bit different from that; feeling as a woman who wanted to live her life her own way and make her own decisions.