Audiences first took notice of her as the Lolita-esque cheerleader in the Oscar-winning movie, American Beauty, but not many people realize that Mena Suvari is a New England girl. Suvari was born in Newport, Rhode Island, the youngest in a family of 3 older brothers. At the age of eight, Suvari’s family relocated. First to St. John’s in the Virgin Islands, and then to Charleston, South Carolina, before ending up in Los Angeles, where Suvari first began modeling, before launching her acting career.
The 33 year-old actress is currently featured in Boston Common Magazine, where she talks about her struggles with fame, her physical appearance, and the problems related to being known as pretty in Hollywood.
She made headlines in December, when she split from her husband of 18 months, Italian concert producer Simone Sestito.
Suvari has 3 movies in post-production, including American Reunion, the third installment in the popular American Pie series, which will be released this April. She also appeared in the popular FX series, “American Horror Story,” last year. The show is about a family that moves from Boston to Los Angeles, into a restored mansion that happens to be haunted. The series was co-created by Brad Falchuk (“Glee”) of Newton.