Mena Alexandra Suvari (born February 13, 1979) is an American actress, fashion designer and model. Shortly after beginning her career as a model, Suvari appeared in guest roles on such 1990s television shows as Boy Meets World and High Incident.
She made her film debut in the drama Nowhere (1997). She achieved international fame for her roles as Angela Hayes in American Beauty and Heather Gardner in American Pie (both 1999), the former earning her a BAFTA Award nomination. She reprised her role as Heather in American Pie 2 (2001) and American Reunion (2012). She also appeared in The Rage: Carrie 2 (1999), Loser (2000), Sugar & Spice (2001), Spun (2002), Trauma (2004), and the HBO drama series Six Feet Under (2001–05). Suvari is a model for Lancôme cosmetics and print ads for Lancôme Paris Adaptîve and has been featured in several fashion blogs and magazines such as Vogue. She is a long-time supporter and activist for the African relief organization, the African Medical and Research Foundation.
Suvari was born in Newport, Rhode Island, the daughter of Candice, a nurse, and Ando Ivar Süvari, a psychiatrist. Her mother is of half Greek descent and her father was Estonian (from Pärnu). She has three older brothers.
She began modeling as a preteen and soon after appeared in a Rice-A-Roni commercial. The family later relocated to Charleston, South Carolina, where her brothers attended The Citadel. Mena considered becoming an archaeologist, astronaut or doctor, when a modeling agency stopped by her all-girls school, Ashley Hall, to offer classes. By the time she started acting, she had been modeling for the New York-based Wilhelmina agency for five years. Suvari relocated to California, and attended Providence High School in Burbank, graduating in 1997.
Suvari plays on the World Poker Tour in the Hollywood Home games for the Starlight Children’s Foundation. She is also active in female empowerment issues. She is involved with several charities whose cause is breast cancer, the “End Violence Against Women” campaign, and tours high schools as a “Circle Of Friends” spokesperson, encouraging teenagers to quit smoking.
Suvari married German-born cinematographer Robert Brinkmann on March 4, 2000. Brinkmann was 17 years her senior. On April 24, 2005, she filed for legal separation, citing irreconcilable differences; the divorce was finalized in May 2005.
In 2007, Suvari began dating Italian-Canadian concert promoter Simone Sestito, whom she met at the 2007 Toronto International Film Festival. Suvari and Sestito became engaged in July 2008 during a vacation to Jamaica. They were married on June 26, 2010 in a private chapel in Rome. On January 13, 2012, Suvari filed for divorce from Sestito in Los Angeles, citing irreconcilable differences and listing November 1, 2011 as the date of separation. The divorce was finalized in October 2012.
|1997||Kiss the Girls||Coty Pierce|
|1997||Snide and Prejudice||Geli Raubal|
|1998||Slums of Beverly Hills||Rachel Hoffman|
|1999||Rage: Carrie 2, TheThe Rage: Carrie 2||Lisa Parker|
|1999||Atomic Train||Grace Seger|
|1999||American Beauty||Angela Hayes|
|2000||American Virgin||Katrina Bartalotti|
|2001||Musketeer, TheThe Musketeer||Francesca Bonacieux|
|2001||American Pie 2||Heather|
|2001||Sugar & Spice||Kansas Hill|
|2005||Rumor Has It||Annie Huttinger|
|2005||Beauty Shop||Joanne Marcus|
|2006||Factory Girl||Richie Berlin|
|2006||Dog Problem, TheThe Dog Problem||Jules|
|2006||Final Fantasy VII Advent Children||Aerith Gainsborough||Voice role|
|2008||Day of the Dead||Sarah Cross|
|2008||Mysteries of Pittsburgh, TheThe Mysteries of Pittsburgh||Phlox Lombardi|
|2008||The Garden of Eden||Catherine Bourne|
|2010||You May Not Kiss the Bride||Tonya|
|2010||No Surrender||Amelia Davis|
|2015||Badge of Honor||Jessica Dawson|
|Boy Meets World||Laura
|Episodes: “Danger Boy”
“The Grass Is Always Greener”
|1996||Minor Adjustments||Emily||Episode: “A Fish Story”|
|1996||ER||Laura-Lee Armitage||Episode: “Last Call”|
|1996/97||High Incident||Jill Marsh||4 episodes|
|1997||Chicago Hope||Ivy Moore||Episode: “Sympathy for the Devil”|
|1999||Atomic Train||Grace Seger||TV movie|
|2004||Six Feet Under||Edie||7 episodes in season 4|
|2008||Sex and Lies in Sin City||Sandy Murphy||Movie|
|2010||Psych||Allison Cowley||Episode: “Yang 3 in 2D” (5.16)|
|2011||The Cape||Dice||Episode: “Dice” (1.05)|
|2011||American Horror Story: Murder House||Elizabeth Short||2 episodes|
|2013||Chicago Fire||Isabelle||7 episodes|
|2013||Hollywood Game Night||Herself||Episode: “What’s Cooking on Game Night”|
|2013||Lakewood Plaza Turbo||Enid / Ginger||Voice role|
|2015||South of Hell||Maria Abascal/Abigail||Lead role|
- 2006: Kingdom Hearts II (as Aerith Gainsborough)
- 2016: OK K.O.! Lakewood Plaza Turbo (as Enid)
|Year||Association||Category||Title of work||Result|
|1999||Online Film Critics Society||Best Cast||American Beauty||Won|
|2000||Young Hollywood Awards||Best Ensemble Cast||American Pie||Won|
|2000||Screen Actors Guild||Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture||American Beauty||Won|
|2000||BAFTA Awards||Best Actress in a Supporting Role||American Beauty||Nominated|
|2005||Screen Actors Guild||Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series||Six Feet Under||Nominated|