Mena Suvari recalls 'unusual,' 'weird' moment with Kevin Spacey on the set of 'American Beauty'

Mena Suvari revealed a strange moment she had with actor Kevin Spacey on the set of the 1999 film "American Beauty."
The 42-year-old actress appeared alongside the 61-year-old actor in the Oscar-winning hit film more than a decade ago. She recently recalled an "unusual experience" she had with the actor on set that she turned down at the time, only to consider it potentially shameful in light of his 2017 sexual misconduct allegations.
Speaking to People, Suvari explained that she "trusted" the veteran actor while filming "American Beauty", which led her not to think twice about the day he asked her to go into an adjoining room with him. to prepare for an intimate scene together. She explained that he left them "very close together" on a bed while he held her gently.
"It was very peaceful, but strange and unusual," she explained.
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While intimate on-set exercises are not uncommon for actors, she noted that given Anthony Rapp's allegations that Spacey was inappropriateness to him when he was a minor, as well as allegations from other prosecutors, this added to the context of the exercise .
"My heart goes out to anyone who suffers abuse," she says.
Spacey representatives did not immediately respond to Fox News' request for comment.
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In addition to Rapp, Spacey has been the subject of sexual misconduct lawsuits. Meanwhile, in her memoir "The Great Peace," published in People this week, Suvari revealed that she was a victim of sexual abuse between the ages of 12 and 20.
"I've led a double life," said the star. "Every time I went to a set. Every time I was interviewed, I played all the time. It was a different role for me. That I was okay."
According to the outlet, the abuse began in sixth grade when Suvari and her family moved to Charleston, SC.
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The "American Pie" actress describes two experiences she had before the age of 15 and which led her to partying and drug abuse in order to numb herself from these experiences. After reaching her breaking point in an abusive relationship at 17, she gave up drug addiction and sought therapy and support from close friends.
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Life then got sweeter for Suvari. In 2016 she met Mike Hope on the set of her Hallmark film "I'll Be Home For Christmas". The couple fell in love and married in 2018.
Fox News' Stephanie Nolasco contributed to this report.
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Mena Suvari
American actress, fashion designer, model
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US-American actor
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