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.
★ Leno leads in ratings once again, but no one looks for him on the ‘net.
★ Check out the yearbook photos of some New England stars Ellen Pompeo, John Mayer, and “Bachelorette” Ali Fedotowsky.
★ Boston Common Magazine talks to twice Emmy-nominated Samantha Harris.
★ Kings Back Bay hosts an Oscar viewing party on February 27th.
★ Newton’s John Krasinski stars in a new movie with Kate Hudson and Ginnifer Goodwin.
★ Connecticut’s John Mayer sports a new goatee at the Grammys.
★ Jay Leno graces the cover of the Improper Bostonian this week.
★ Plymouth Rock Studios downsizes after stops and stalls in securing funding.
★ Review of the Cape Cod filmed The Lightkeepers starring Richard Dreyfuss.
★ Even with an injured leg, Boston’s Russell Ferguson (above) wins this season’s hit dance competition “So You Think You Can Dance” on Fox. Congratulations Russell!
★ Carrie Prejean pulls out of Connecticut nightclub appearance because they wanted her to stay up past her bedtime.
★ Stephen King does something decidedly not creepy–foots the bill for soldiers to come home for Christmas.
★ On the (platform) heels of her concert appearances, the Boston Public Health Commission ranks some of Lady GaGa’s hits among the worst relationship songs of the year.
★ New baby on the the block; former boy-bander Joey McIntyre’s wife gives birth.
★ Amherst’s Eric Mabius, of “Ugly Betty” fame, talks to Boston Common magazine.
★ Conan O’Brien gets 2 covers for the price of one in the new Improper Bostonian.
★ Amesbury’s Jeffrey Donovan charged with a DUI.
★ Hugh Dancy and Rose Byrne stop by Boston to promote their new movie.
★ Brendan Fraser flaunts his bountiful belly around Boston.
★ Mark Wahlberg shirtless and showing it off in Lowell.
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