Date of Birth: February 13th 1979
Mena Adrienne Suvari was born on February 9, 1979, in Newport, Rhode Island. Her father was Ando Suvari, an Estonian psychiatrist; and her mother Candice, a nurse. Mena's first name comes from her British Aunt named after the "House of Mena" Hotel (at the base of the pyramids in Egypt); her last name is Estonian. Mena has 3 older brothers: A.J., Sulev, and Yuri. 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. Her nickname in high school was "bean".
Mena was a natural for movies: she is petite (5'4"), has blue eyes, and her natural hair color is red. 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 won 5 Oscars. Mena married Robert Brinkmann, a cinematographer, on March 18, 2000.
Suvari's favorite style of music is Reggae. She has said, "I really like most styles of music. I am very much into hip-hop, soul, funk, and especially reggae, and really, there are too many artists to mention, but I like a lot of old school music."
Suvari also plays on the World Poker Tour in the Hollywood Home games for the Starlight Children's Foundation charity. Mena is also heavily into issues about female empowerment. She is involved with several breast cancer charities and the End Violence Against Women campaign. She also tours high schools trying to encourage women to quit smoking. She has also visited New Orleans shortly after Hurricane Katrina in 2005 to help women and girls who are in need, and donated millions of dollars to help women and children in need.