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Mena Suvari Details Horrific Past Sexual Abuse & Drug Addiction: 'I Didn't Feel Like I Had Any Other Options'

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[Warning: Potentially Triggering Content] Mena Suvari went through a lifetime of scary s**t before becoming the breakout star of 1999’s memorable film American Beauty.

Now, the 42-year-old actress is speaking out — through her stunning new memoir, The Great Peace: A Memoir — which looks back at her eventful life and her uncertain journey from sexual abuse and early drug addiction to becoming healthy and well-adjusted. Related: Mena Suvari Shows Off A Hilarious Cat-Themed Christmas Card!

Awww! Sharing a section of her memoir to be excerpted in this week’s People, Suvari opens up about moving to Charleston, South Carolina in her pre-teen years and struggling with being “the new girl” who was “trying to fit in” however she could.

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