Feb. 13th, 1979
Newport, Rhode Island, USA
Mena Suvari's Main TV Roles
Main Movie Roles2008 - The Garden of Eden
2008 - Day of the Dead
2008 - The Mysteries of Pittsburgh
2007 - Stuck
2007 - Brooklyn Rules
2006 - The Dog Problem
2006 - Factory Girl
2005 - Beauty Shop
2005 - Domino
2005 - Rumor has it...
2005 - Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children
2002 - Spun
2001 - The Musketeer
2001 - American Pie 2
2000 - Loser
1999 - American Beauty
1999 - American Pie
1999 - The Rage: Carrie 2
1998 - Slums of Beverly Hills
1997 - Nowhere
1997 - Kiss the Girls
Guest TV Roles
Herself - Host
Mena Adrienne Suvari was born on 13 February 1979, in Newport, Rhode Island. Her father was Ando Suvari, a psychiatrist; and her mother Candice, a nurse. Mena's first name comes from her British Aunt named after the Mena Hotel (at the base of the pyramids in Egypt); her last name is Estonian. Mena has 3 older brothers. Mena started modeling at age 12, and her acting career began when she did a Rice-a-Roni commercial at age 13. She was also a Wilhelmina model for a few years. Mena attended middle school at the Ashley Hall all-girls school in Charleston, South Carolina, and graduated from Providence High School in Burbank, California.
Mena was a natural for movies: she is petite (5' 4"), has blue eyes, and her natural hair color is blonde. Mena's breakout role was as a choir girl in the teen comedy American Pie (1999). This was followed by her great performance in American Beauty (1999), which she won a SAG award for outstanding performance by a cast, and a BAFTA award nomination.
Mena married Robert Brinkmann (I), a cinematographer, on March 4, 2000.
Mena's hobbies include: jewelry making, photography, mountain biking, and hiking. Her fans look forward to her new movies, in what promises to be a long and successful career.
- People Weekly magazine titled an article about her "All-American Girl" (1999).
- Her favorite color is blue.
- Mena and her husband 'Robert Brinkmann (I)' (qv) have taken considerable flak because of their age difference - 18 years. Robert is a cinematographer.
- Attended workshops at TVI Actors Studio.
- Last name "Suvari", pronounced "soo-VAHR-ee", is Estonian.
- Has 3 older brothers, 1 of them in the US army.
- Auditioned for the role of Mary Jane in _Spider-Man (2002)_ (qv).
- Ranked #73 on the Maxim magazine Hot 100 of 2007 list.