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Who Is Musetta Vander? | Biography/Profile/History Of South African Actress Musetta Vander

Musetta Vander (born Musetta van der Merwe; 26 May 1963) is a South African actress and model who is best known for her roles in science fiction and fantasy films.


As the daughter of a ballet teacher her first appearance on stage was at age 4 in one of the many shows her mother choreographed. She earned a BA in Communications and Psychology and shortly after completing school she qualified as a ballet teacher.


Film and television

After college, Vander landed the job of anchor host for South Africa’s answer to MTV. Then she moved to the United States and began her career appearing in more than twenty music videos for such artists as Rod Stewart, Tina Turner, Elton John, Chris Isaak and Amy Grant.

Musetta first notable role was as Zander Tyler in the action-adventure TV series Super Force.

In 1997, Vander portrayed Sindel in Mortal Kombat: Annihilation, the sequel to the original video game adaptation Mortal Kombat.

In 1999, she had a supporting role in Barry Sonnenfeld’s film Wild Wild West in which she played an assistant to Kenneth Branagh’s character, Dr. Loveless.

In 2000, Musetta played a seductive Siren in the critically acclaimed O Brother, Where Art Thou? directed by the Coen brothers. The same year, she had a role in The Cell alongside Jennifer Lopez and Vince Vaughn.

She has also appeared in a wide variety of TV shows, primarily science fiction and fantasy series, including Buffy the Vampire Slayer (as an alluring teacher who turns out to be a giant praying mantis), Stargate SG-1, Star Trek: Voyager, Babylon 5, Xena: Warrior Princess and Highlander: The Series. Her most recent TV credits include guest appearances on NCIS, Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders and Hawaii Five-0.

In 2006, she was cast for a role in the movie Alpha Dog, but the filming schedule kept changing, and because she was working on another project at the time she was unable to play the part in the end.

Vander played Robert Duvall’s character’s wife in the comedy Kicking & Screaming and co-starred alongside Rade Serbedzija and Faye Dunaway in Say It in Russian. She played the lead female character in Breaking Point, a thriller with Tom Berenger and Busta Rhymes. Vander can also be seen in the spoof/comedy Transylmania.

Musetta starred in a Christian movie called Johnny with Lee Majors and played the stepmother of Gattlin Griffith in the horror movie Under the Bed, directed by Steven C. Miller. Most recently, Vander played a part in the psychological thriller Spreading Darkness with John Savage and Eric Roberts; she also played Tom Sizemore’s love interest in the indie film 5 Hour Friends, directed by Theo Davies.

Other works

In 1998, Vander starred as Lady Elara, one of the lead characters in Dune 2000, a real-time strategy video game. In 2002, Vander reprised her role for the sequel, Emperor: Battle for Dune. Her theater credits include The Bourgeois Gentleman and Soweto’s Burning. Vander has made national commercials for Lancôme, Sanyo, McDonald’s, Diet Coke, Mercedes, Heineken, Skittles, Yoplait and many others. She played Agent 24-7 for Prudential Real Estate. She has also been featured in a number of magazines, including a pictoral in Maxim and a cover on Details.



Year Title Role Notes
1989 The Endangered Christine Pickering
Crimes of Crimes Sheri Cutler
The Revenger Marissa
1993 Monolith Katya Pavlova Direct-to-video
1994 I’ll Do Anything Dancer Scene deleted
Dickwad Juicy Short film
Oblivion Lash
1995 Project Metalbeast Debbie
The Secret Force Nurse
Project Shadowchaser III Rea Astov Direct-to-video
Under the Hula Moon Maya Gundinger
1996 The Lord Protector: The Riddle of the Chosen Lady Beryl
Oblivion 2: Blacklash Lash
1997 American Hero Gipsy Unreleased
Elissa Elissa Short film
Mortal Kombat: Annihilation Sindel
1998 Gunshy Grace
1999 Molly Maxine
Wild Wild West Munitia
2000 O Brother, Where Art Thou? Siren
The Cell Ella Baines
2004 Forbidden Warrior Reza
2005 Mansquito Dr. Jennifer Allen TV movie
Kicking & Screaming Janice Weston
What’s Up Scarlet? Sabrina Fisser
2006 Spymate Dr. Claudette Amour
Monster Night Miss Morticia Direct-to-video
2007 Say It in Russian Natalia
Planet Raptor Sgt. Jacqueline ‘Jack’ Moore TV movie
2009 Transylmania Teodora Van Sloan
Breaking Point Celia Hernandez
Napoleonic Dr. Barbara Hale Short film
2010 Johnny Julia Carter
2012 Under the Bed Angela Hausman
2013 5 Hour Friends Candy
2014 Spreading Darkness Harriet Skelp
2015 The Better Half Susan
$elfie Shootout Agent Zoey Miller
2016 Shine Corrine Stacker (post-production)
2017 Alice (post-production)

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