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Mena Suvari


Award winning actress Mena Suvari made her film debut working with director Gregg Araki in the cult-classic Nowhere (1997). That was soon followed by the back-to-back blockbuster successes of American Pie and he five-time Oscar-awarded American Beauty (Both 1999). Directed by Sam Mendes, her genuine and moving performance as the character Angeles Hayes in the iconic film earned her a Best Supporting Actress nod by BAFTA and a SAG Award for Best Ensemble Cast. Suvari also won a Movieline Award for ‘Breakthrough Performance.’

She reunited with Jason Biggs in Amy Heckerling’s romantic comedy Loser (2000) and continued to showcase her range in projects as diverse as Jonas Åkerlund’s cult-classic Spun (2002), Rob Reiner’s Rumor Has It (2005), Tony Scott’s Domino (2005), and Factory Girl (2006), amongst others, while also contributing sequels to the American Pie franchise.

On the small screen, Suvari re-teamed with Alan Ball with on the award-winning HBO series Six Feet Under (2004), played the iconic Black Dahlia in Ryan Murphy’s series American Horror Story (2011 and 2018), appeared on Chicago Fire (2013) and the lead in the Amazon pilot Hysteria (2014) and WeTv’s mini-series South of Hell (2015), EP by both Eli Roth and Jason Blum for Blumhouse Productions.

On the heels of a critically acclaimed role in the independent film Becks she has the following upcoming films Don’t Tell a Soul (2019) starring opposite Rainn Wison and Grace and Grit (2019) starring opposite Francis Fisher.

Notable Credits
American Beauty, American Pie, Loser, Domino, Rumor Has It, Factory Girl, American Horror Story, American Woman, Hysteria, South of Hell, Six Feet Under, Grace and Grit



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