Character: Ivy Hinks
Mena Suvari is perhaps best known for her breakout role in the Academy Award®-winning film “American Beauty”, for which she received a nomination for Best Supporting Actress by The British Academy Awards and a Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Ensemble Cast. She also won a Movieline Award for Breakthrough Performance for her genuine and confident portrayal of “Angela Hayes,” the object of Kevin Spacey’s desire in the iconic film directed by Sam Mendes. Suvari followed that with a turn in the celebrated comedy “American Pie” (for which she won another Movieline Award for Best Ensemble Cast) with additional film credits that include Nicolas Cage’s directorial debut Sonny opposite James Franco, Jonas Ackerlund’s Spun, Amy Heckerling’s “Loser”,” Sugar and Spice”, “American Pie 2”, “The Musketeer”, Gregg Araki’s “Nowhere”, “Factory Girl”, “Rumor Has It”, “Domino”, “Beauty Shop” and the feature “Trauma”, opposite Colin Firth.
She re-teamed with “American Beauty” writer Alan Ball for a recurring role on the acclaimed HBO series “Six Feet Under.” Having modeled in her teens, Suvari was tapped to be the face of the global campaign for Lancome and was photographed by the late Richard Avedon for Harry Winston’s 2005 winter advertising campaign. Most recently, she garnered some of the best reviews of her career in the independent films “Stuck”, opposite Stephen Rea, “The Mysteries of Pittsburgh”, opposite Sienna Miller and Peter Sarsgaard and alongside Jack Huston in “Hemingway’s Garden of Eden.” Suvari completely threw herself into the complex character of “Catherine,” even shaving her head for the role.
Most recently seen in a recurring role on the FX hit “American Horror Story”, Suvari also reunited with the cast of the highly successful “American Pie” series for the latest installment, “American Reunion.” Released in April 2012, audiences had the pleasure of seeing the beloved “American Pie” cast on the big screen one more time. With a worldwide gross of over $230,000,000, “American Reunion” set an international franchise record.
Suvari currently resides in Los Angeles and is a long-time supporter and activist for the esteemed African relief organization AMREF.