Mena graduated from Providence High School in Burbank, California
class of 1997.
Her first name came from an Egyptian godmother.
Is a natural red-haired.
Last name "Suvari", pronounced "soo-VAHR-ee",
First name "Mena", pronounced "MEE-nah".
Has 3 older brothers, 2 of them in US army.
Mother is a nurse; father is a psychiatrist
Mena was raised in a Rhode Island home that was built in 1870 and
which she and her brothers believed was haunted. They saw several
apparitions over the years, all of which she believed was friendly.
People Weekly magazine titled an article about her "All-American
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 (2000).
Her mother is of Greek descent.
Mena and husband Robert Brinkmann have taken considerable flak
because of their age differential - 16 years. Robert is a cinematographer.
Did her own singing in American Pie (1999).
Auditioned for the role of Mary Jane in Spider Man.
Her father is Estonian.
Her older brother A.J., formerly an Intelligence Analyst in the
U.S. Army, is currently a real estate agent in Virginia Beach, Virginia.
Is a vegetarian.
Born on the same day as Wo hu cang long (2000) ("Crouching
Tiger, Hidden Dragon") star Ziyi Zhang.
Filed for divorce from cinematographer Robert Brinkmann after five
years of marriage. The actress cited irreconcilable differences.
(10 May 2005)