Mena Suvari Would Like to Be Smart for Fifteen Minutes

Mena Suvari is already famous, so last night at the New Museum’s celebration of Andy Warhol’s 80th birthday, we asked the actress if there’s anything else she’d rather have for the proverbial fifteen minutes. “Extreme knowledge,” said the American Pie star. “I’d want to be that person who had, like, five degrees and just be, you know, like, a medical doctor or a scientist or engineer. I don’t know,” she said. “I wanted to be an archeologist when I was younger. It would be nice to be somewhere exotic and kind of dig and discover something very ancient. Maybe like a Mayan temple in the jungle.” We were going to ask if Mena had ever heard that other Warhol quotation about how “having land and not ruining it is the most beautiful art anybody could ever want to own,” but we decided against it. —Amber Sutherland