A True "American Beauty"
Mena Alexandra Suvari (born February 13, 1979) is an American actress and fashion designer who began her career as a model.
She is most famous to audiences from the "American Pie" movies, but is also well-known within the fashion scene.
Mena was born in Newport, Rhode Island, daughter of Candice and and Ando Süvari. She is of Greek and Estonian descent.
Younger than her three brothers, Mena moved to Charleston, South Carolina, where she attended all-girls high school Ashley Hall.
It was there that a model agency talent scout discovered her. She quickly moved to Los Angeles and completed her schooling there.
While still in school, Mena began appearing in television series such as "Boy Meets World," "Chicago Hope" and "ER."
Low-budget films soon followed, her first being "Nowhere" and then "Snide and Prejudice."
Her first prominent film role was in "Kiss the Girls" in 1997, an Ashley Judd/Morgan Freeman drama, and she followed that up with the popular "Slums of Beverly Hills."
"American Beauty" was next, for which she earned a prestigious BAFTA nomination for Best Actress in a Supporting Role.
Now wildly popular, Mena doubled down with "American Pie" in the following year, 1999. A huge surprise blockbuster hit, "American Pie" made Mena an "A" list celebrity.
She since has starred in many of the sequels, most recently "American Reunion" in 2012. Many, many other films have followed, including "Rumor Has It" with Jennifer Aniston and the lead in "Day of the Dead" in 2008.
While becoming a huge success as an actress, Mena remains a top fashion model. She represents Lancôme cosmetics and has her own fashion line.
Mena has been involved with several charities, including the Starlight Children's Foundation.
Mena has been in several television series in recent years with recurring roles. These include "Chicago Fire, "South of Hell," and "Clarence." On "Clarence," Mena plays Cynthia.
Most recently, Mena plays Kathleen in TV Land’s comedy television series "American Woman" with Alicia Silverstone. "American Woman" is from Warner Horizon Television and John Wells Productions.
Mena married cinematographer Robert Brinkmann in 2000, but they were divorced in 2005. Next was Canadian concert promoter Simone Sestito, who she married in Rome in 2010. However, they since have divorced as well, in 2012.
Mena Suvari is recognizable by her piercing blue eyes and, which accentuate her lovely face and trademark blonde hair.
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.
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.
I'm accepting of who I am and how diverse I am and honoring that.
I love art and fashion.
Alicia to date has appeared in numerous films and television series with the word "American" in the title:
- American Pie 2
- American Reunion
- American Beauty
- American Horror Story (TV)
- American Woman (TV)
- American Ninja Warrior: Celebrity Edition (TV Special)