AMERICAN BEAUTY star MEAN SUVARI is considering turning her back on her acting career, because she doesn't find it mentally stimulating enough.

The 26-year-old star originally dreamed of an academic future in archaeology or paleontology, but was lured into acting when her teenage modelling career sky-rocketed.

And she is still optimistic she will realise her early dreams.

She says, "I just fell into acting. I don't have a strong desire to be an actress my whole life - it's just not fulfilling enough for me. No offence to those in the business, that's just me.

"If I hadn't got into modelling, I probably would have studied psychology and might be working on a PhD right now.

"But it's not too late to go back to school. I've met people in their 50s who just got their degrees.

"I'll see how the acting goes."