What the Hell Happened to Mena Suvari?
Mena Suvari made the leap from modeling to acting. In 1999, she appeared in two hit films; the raucous teen comedy, American Pie and the Best Picture winner, American Beauty. Suvari seemed poised for greatness. But her career quickly stalled out. Only a few years later, she was appearing in direct-to-video dreck like a remake of Day of the Dead.
What the hell happened?
Suvari started modeling as a preteen. This lead to commercials which lead to TV work. As a teenager, she started doing TV appearances. In 1995, she appeared on an episode of Boy Meets World during the show’s second season. She played Laura, Eric’s girlfriend’s cousin from Manhattan.
In 1996, Suvari appeared on the third season of Boy Meets World. But she played a completely different character. This time, she played Hilary, a girl Corey meets at a party
Later that year, Suvari played a sick kid on the hit TV show, E/R.
From 1996-1997, Suvari played David Keith’s daughter on the TV show, High Incident. Believe it or not, the show was not about drugs. It was a cop show that lasted only one season. Suvari appeared in four episodes.
In 1997, Suvari made the leap to the big screen in the indie teen drama, Nowhere. Nowhere was the third film in director Gregg Akari’s “Teen Apocalypse Trilogy”. Suvari co-starred with up-and-coming teen actors like Heather Graham, Ryan Phillipe and Denise Richards in a story of debauched teenagers.
The movie has been describes as 90210 on acid. The bizarre experiences include bad acid trips, bi-sexuality, suicide, rape by a TV star and alien abduction. The cast included TV actors like Christina Applegate, John Ritter, Christopher Knight and Eve Plumb. It also included appearances by the likes of Traci Lords, Rose McGowan and Shannen Doherty.
Later that year, she had a small role in the Ashley Judd/Morgan Freeman thriller, Kiss the Girls.
Next, Suvari played a girl who tests positive for HIV on the medical drama, Chicago Hope.