Mena Alexandra Suvari was born on the 13th February 1979, in Newport, Rhode Island USA, of English, Greek, German and Estonian descent. She is an actress, probably best recognized for starring in a number of TV and film titles such as in the role of Angela Hayes in the film “American Beauty” (1999), and playing Heather Gardner in the film series “American Pie”. She is also known for being a fashion model and designer, who works for Lancôme cosmetics.
So, have you ever wondered how rich Mena Suvari is? According to sources, it is estimated that the size of Mena’s net worth is over $17 million as of mid-2016. Her career in modeling as well as her career as an actress has earned her a big part of her wealth over time. Additional to this, she has appeared in various advertisements and TV shows, and these have also contributed to her overall net worth.
Mena Suvari Net Worth $17 Million
Mena Suvari was born to Ando Suvari, who worked as a psychiatrist, and Candice, who was a nurse; she has three older brothers. Mena was named after an Egyptian godmother. She matriculated from Providence High School in Burbank, California in 1997.
Mena’s career began when she was in her teens, signing a contract with the Wilhelmina modeling agency, which soon promoted her into acting. She made her debut in the mid-1990s, appearing in such TV series as “Boy Meets World” (1995-1996), “ER” (1996), and “High Incidents” (1996-1997). She made her big screen debut in 1997 in the film “Nowhere”, alongside James Duval and Rachel True, which was soon followed by her appearance in the film “Snide And Prejudice” the same year, with actors René Auberjonois, Remy Auberjonois, Claudia Christian and Joseph Bottoms among others. By the end of the 1990s, Mena had also appeared in “Kiss The Girls” (1997), “Slums Of Beverly Hills” (1998), and she earned her breakout role of Angela Hayes in the film “American Beauty”, as well as Heather in the film “American Pie” (1999), a role which she repeated in its sequels “American Pie 2” (2001), and “American Reunion” (2012), which increased her net worth by a large degree, and her popularity as well.
Mena’s career reached a whole new level in the early 2000s, as she began to feature in more notable roles in such films as “Sugar & Spice” (2001), “Sonny” (2002), which was Nicolas Cage’s directorial debut, then “Edmond”, and “Domino” in 2005, and “Stuck” (2007), in which she played the lead role opposite Stephen Rea. By 2010, Mena had also featured in such productions as “The Mysteries Of Pittsburgh” (2008), and “Day Of The Dead” (2008), among others. Her net worth was certainly rising.
In the next decade of the 2000s, Mena’s career and net worth continued to improve, with roles in such TV series and films as “American Horror Story” (2011), “You May Not Kiss The Bride” (2011), “Chicago Fire” (2013), and most recently “South Of Hell” (2015), which also added to the overall size of her net worth.
Thanks to her talents, Mena has received several prestigious nominations and awards, including the BAFTA Film Award nomination in the category of Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role for her work on “American Beauty”, and she won the SAG Award in the category of Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Theatrical Motion Picture for her work on “American Beauty”.
Regarding her personal life, Mena Suvari has been married twice. Her first husband was cinematographer Robert Brinkmann from 2000 to 2005. She was then married to Simone Sestito from 2010 to 2012. At the present time, she is in a relationship with tattoo artist Sal Sanchez, Jr. Mena is known as a big supporter of women’s causes, and she participates in the World Poker Tour for the Starlight Children’s Foundation. Beside that, she also works with the African Medical and Research Foundation.
Declared as the most "patriotic" artist of 2000 by Entertainment Weekly magazine, making allusion to her 3 consecutive movies with the word "American" on their titles: American Pie (1999), American Beauty (1999) and American Virgin (1999). In 2001, she added American Pie 2 (2001) to that list. And then, more than a decade later, she added yet another "American" film to her resume, with American Reunion (2012).
People Weekly magazine titled an article about her "All-American Girl" (1999).
Mena was raised in a Rhode Island home that was built in 1870.
Mother is a nurse; father is a psychiatrist.
Has 3 older brothers, 1 of them in the US army.
First name "Mena", pronounced "MEE-nah".
Her last name, "Suvari", pronounced "soo-VAHR-ee", is Estonian. Her father was Estonian, and her mother is American-born. Mena's maternal grandfather had English and German ancestry, while Mena's maternal grandmother was the daughter of Greek immigrants.
Graduated from Providence High School in Burbank, California class of 1997.
It's nice when people want your autograph, but it's a little strange because I never expected it.
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.
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.
You have to surround yourself with people who love you and want the best for you.
I love art and fashion.
I'm accepting of who I am and how diverse I am and honoring that.
[Talking about working with Stuart Gordon on 2007's Stuck (2007)] The greatest thing about working with Stuart is that I love what he loves - stories like this. I really enjoy the dark side, and his work is so macabre. But as a director, he's very calm, yet he has this great energy. Initially, it was tough to dissect this character, but Stuart has given me ample freedom to ask questions and experiment with my performance.
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.