Mena Suvari (born February 9, 1979) is an American actress, best known for her work in American Beauty (1999) and the first two American Pie films.
Suvari was born in Newport, Rhode Island to Ando Suvari, an Estonian-American psychiatrist, and Candice, a Greek American nurse. By the age of 12, Mena was modeling and starred in a Rice-a-Roni commercial by 13. By age 16, she was making appearances in television shows such as Boy Meets World and ER.
In 1999, Mena starred in the critically acclaimed American Beauty and the popular American Pie. She followed these movies with roles in such movies as Loser (2000), The Musketeer (2001), and Spun (2002).
She married German-born cinematographer Robert Brinkmann on March 18, 2000. The marriage was notable as Brinkmann is 18 years older than Suvari. However, Suvari filed for legal separation from Brinkmann on April 24, 2005, citing irreconcilable differences. The two divorced in May of the same year. In Summer 2005, she began dating breakdancer Mike "Murda" Carrasco.
Mena also plays on the World Poker Tour in the Hollywood Home games for the Starlight Children's Foundation charity.
In 2006, she took the role of Aerith Gainsborough in the Square-Enix/Disney video game Kingdom Hearts II.