Actress Mena Suvari: Sex Abuse Culture in Hollywood Helped Me Get My Role in ‘American Beauty’

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Actress Mena Suvari said her participation in Hollywood’s sexual abuse culture helped her land her role in the 1999 film. american beauty.

In an interview with the guardSuvari explained how her abusive relationship with a lighting engineer she met in Hollywood helped her reinvent her role as Angela in american beautybecause she ‘identified’ with the character.

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

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

The actress added that she would go home from the set, where she felt adored, to “the worst relationship of my life, where I was extremely abused.”

“It was very dark for me then, [and the film] felt like a breath of fresh air because I could go to work and be important there,” she said, adding that her boyfriend would berate her and tell her how stupid she was.

The american pie actress also noted that when she first started in the entertainment industry, she got into modeling where she was taught that how she looked was all that mattered.

“Everyone was raving about how I looked 18. But I was 12,” she said of her first modeling shoot. “What I was told was that I was an adult, therefore I can act like an adult.”

From there, Suvari noticed a pattern of attracting older men who, after looking at them, feel used. The actress recalled that a man in his twenties photographed her naked, alone in his house, when she was just 15.

The actress added that one of her business advisers – who was in her mid-30s – started having sex with her when she was 16.

“I had no one to tell me, ‘That’s not right, that person shouldn’t be doing that to you,'” she said.

Suvari also remembered a time, after american beauty came out when she was encouraged to take off her clothes during a shoot for a magazine.

“I just don’t know what its purpose is,” she said. “Just sell as much of yourself as young as you are, as long as you can?”

Suvari’s experience is just one of many examples of what it’s apparently like to work in Hollywood – a left-wing industry that enjoys lecturing the American public about morality.

Last year, actress Keira Knightley noted that every woman she knows has been sexually harassed in one way or another, including even threats and violence.

In 2017, three decades of sexual misconduct allegations against now disgraced film producer Harvey Weinstein came to light. And over the years, many in Hollywood seemed to know about Weinstein’s behavior, but say nothing about it.

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