Actress Mena Suvari: Sex Abuse Culture in Hollywood Helped Me Nail My Role in 'American Beauty'

Actress Mena Suvari: Sex Abuse Culture in Hollywood Helped Me Nail My Role in 'American Beauty'


Actress Mena Suvari said that being pulled into the sex abuse culture of Hollywood helped her nail her role in the 1999 film, American Beauty.

In an interview with The Guardian, Suvari explained how her abusive relationship with a lighting engineer she met in Hollywood helped her execute her role as Angela in American Beauty, because she “identified” with the character.

In the film, Kevin Spacey’s character develops an obsession with Suvari’s character, who is his daughter’s insecure but sexually precocious friend.

“I identified with Angela,” Suvari said. “I knew how to play that role, because I was so schooled in it — I felt unavailable in a million other ways, but I knew how to play that card.”

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The actress added that she would

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