Mena Suvari confesses in new memoir
NEW YORK (AP) – Mena Suvari wants to explain her reasoning for writing in her book “The Great Peace” about her experience with Kevin Spacey on the set of the 1999 film “American Beauty.”
Spacey won an Oscar for his role in the film as Lester Burnham, a suburban husband and father in the midst of a mid-life crisis who becomes obsessed with his daughter’s best friend, Angela (Mena Suvari).
On the day of filming a scene in which Lester and Angela lay on the couch together, the actress writes that Spacey took her to “a small room with a bed” where they lay facing each other, while she He was kept “light”.
Mena Suvari, 42, says she doesn’t know if it was directed by then-director Sam Mendes. But in the book, he described the strategy as “a great move” as he filmed an intimate scene with tenderness and honesty.
Mena said the reason he included the story in his book was not to say anything against Spacey, whose career had been derailed in recent years by legal problems and allegations of sexual abuse, but rather to show that he How not to question the situation. 20 years younger
“I used that story and that moment with Kevin just to show that it was just another moment that I, as a young woman, ended up in a room with an older man, like this In a state of, a somewhat intimate position, and that. That was fine with me,” Suvari said. “It was normal. did you understand”.
“I tried to share that story with other people that happened before, to show where I was and to create a conversation about it, because again, that didn’t work and I’m still Finding it out. But it is interesting to me why I didn’t think about it,” he said.
In “The Great Peace”, Mena Suvari identifies her past abusive relationships, her struggles with self-esteem and body image, substance abuse, and financial problems.
The actress said that she was sexually assaulted at the age of 12. After moving to Los Angeles to pursue acting as a teenager, she had several toxic encounters she didn’t always question with people in sexual situations she didn’t always feel comfortable in. She said the alcohol and drugs helped her cope, which led her to use methamphetamine, and she is “still working on” to stay sober.