May 17, 2022

Moka Bellaire


Mena Suvari on Surviving Sexual Trauma and Substance Abuse

3 min read

Mena Suvari became a certified Hollywood star with her breakout get the job done in “American Beauty” and “American Pie.”

But as glamorous as her lifetime could have appeared, Suvari was keeping a ton of insider secrets. Dark tricks.

Now, she’s telling them all in her new memoir, “The Terrific Peace.”

Suvari was raped when she was just 12 yrs outdated by a buddy of a person her brothers. What followed ended up decades of sexual trauma and material abuse. She endured two marriages that finished in divorce. But through it all, she ongoing doing the job, presenting herself as a happy starlet without a get worried in the globe.

Her to start with style of fame came though capturing 2001’s “Sugar & Spice.” A enthusiast regarded her from “American Pie” and asked for an autograph. “I don’t forget imagining, ‘Why? Who am I?’ since I felt worthless. I was like, ‘Why do you want my autograph?’” Suvari recalls on this week’s episode of the “Just for Variety” podcast.

Till then, Suvari was a having difficulties actor in a connection with a male she calls Tyler. “I was submitting for unemployment on the filthy carpeted flooring of the condominium,” Suvari states. “That was my lifestyle. I was procuring at the 99 Cents keep just before that. Just grinding.”

Tyler coerced her to participate in recurrent a few-techniques with other women of all ages. Her drug use was spiraling out of command. When she performed a meth addict in 2002’s “Spun,” she was praised for her quite convincing portrayal. “I knew why I was connected to that substance,” Suvari says. “It would have been lovely to have conversations around it, but that wasn’t the time to do that.”

Describing her very first day on the established of 1999’s “American Elegance,” Suvari writes in the memoir, “On any common day in my real daily life I was fragile, frightened, vulnerable, determined, bewildered, depressed and feeling worthless.” She doesn’t create thoroughly about her co-star Kevin Spacey, but remembers that when he was accused of sexual misconduct, she remembered an “eerie” practical experience on set — Spacey cuddled up to Suvari in a trailer simply because he claimed it would aid them be a lot more at ease with each individual other to shoot their more personal scenes.

Suvari suggests the #MeToo and Time’s Up actions assisted her to discover her voice, and finally set pen to paper to publish a memoir: “I acquired exhausted retaining up appearances.” She hopes her honesty will aid other folks, and desires other survivors “to know you are not alone.”

Now 42, Suvari has been married to her husband, established decorator and prop master Michael Hope, for two a long time. She gave start to their 1st boy or girl, Christopher, in April. “It’s not like I’m like, ‘Yeah, examine my e book.’ Individuals convey to me, ‘I’m going to go through your guide.’ I’m like, ‘Please don’t’ … But I test not to sit with that far too extensive, of asking yourself why I did it or what is it going to imply, since I attempt to go back again to why it very first came out of me,” Suvari states. “It was mainly because I just had that desire to reside my life authentically and come to feel clear. And why not? Because I truly feel like that is why we’re right here. It was like I was still struggling on your own. I didn’t want to allow for myself to do that.”

You can pay attention to the total episode of the podcast higher than. You can also locate “Just for Variety” at Apple Podcasts or wherever you pay attention to your most loved audio plans.

If you or another person you know has been sexually assaulted, remember to call the Nationwide Sexual Assault Hotline at 1-800-656-HOPE (4673) or go to

If you or someone you know is battling with dependancy, be sure to contact the SAMHSA material abuse hotline at 1-800-662-Help.

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