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By the time she started acting, she had been modeling for the New York-based Wilhelmina agency for five years.Suvari relocated to California, and attended Providence High School in Burbank, graduating in 1997.
Shortly after beginning her career as a model, Suvari appeared in guest roles on such 1990s television shows as Boy Meets World and High Incident.The film did not make an impression with audiences upon its theatrical premiere, It was on the set of this film that she met Natasha Lyonne, who would later join the cast of American Pie.In 1999, she played a teenager who commits suicide in the horror sequel The Rage: Carrie 2, which received negative reviews and bombed commercially, Suvari found major critical and mainstream recognition later in 1999 with her roles in the teen sex comedy American Pie and the drama American Beauty.Suvari is a model for Lancôme cosmetics and print ads for Lancôme Paris Adaptîve and has been featured in several fashion blogs and magazines such as Vogue.She is a long-time supporter and activist for the African relief organization, the African Medical and Research Foundation. She began modeling as a preteen and soon after appeared in a Rice-A-Roni commercial.She had significant roles in three feature films in 2001; she played a chambermaid in the adventure action film The Musketeer and reprised her American Pie role in the sequel, American Pie 2, which made US$285 million at the international box office.
She also portrayed one member of a group of cheerleaders who conspire and commit armed robbery in the teen crime comedy Sugar & Spice, which garnered negative reviews and bombed commercially, but became somewhat of a cult favorite on home video.
The 29-year-old has kept a relatively low profile since her star turn as the precocious high school cheerleader Angela Hayes who dazzles Kevin Spacey in the 1999 Oscar-winning American Beauty.
She will next be seen on the big screen in The Garden of Eden, based on the Ernest Hemingway novel, where she plays the writer's wife.
Also in 1997, she had a supporting part in the indie Snide and Prejudice, which opened at the Cannes Film Festival, and had a small role in the mystery thriller Kiss the Girls, where she appeared opposite Morgan Freeman and Ashley Judd.
She next appeared in the independent dramedy Slums of Beverly Hills, which was released in 1998.
Suvari starred in the independent production Spun (2002), opposite Brittany Murphy and John Leguizamo.