Musetta Vander

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Musetta Vander
Musetta Vander 1996.jpg
Musetta Vander (1996)
Born Musetta van der Merwe
(1963-05-26) 26 May 1963 (age 51)
Durban, South Africa
Website
www.musettavander.com

Musetta Vander (born Musetta van der Merwe; 26 May 1963)[1] is a South African actress and model who is best known for her roles in science fiction and fantasy films.

Personal life[edit]

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.

Career[edit]

Film and television[edit]

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, Frasier and NCIS.

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.[2]

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.[3] 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 plays Tom Sizemore's love interest in the indie film 5 hour friends, directed by Theo Davies.

Other works[edit]

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, Mc Donald'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[4] and a cover on Details.

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1989 The Endangered Christine
Crimes Of Crimes Sheri Cutler
The Revenger Marissa
1993 Monolith Katya Pavlova Direct-To-Video
1994 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 Dark Mist 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 Five Hour Friends Candy
2014 Spreading Darkness Harriet Skelp (completed)
2015 The Better Half
Kaffir Boy (pre-production)

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1991-92 Super Force Zander Tyler Recurring role (12 episodes)
1994 Murder, She Wrote Sharain Hourani Episode: The Dying Game
1995 Boy Meets World Dominique Episode: Breaking Up Is Really, Really Hard to Do
1996 Diagnosis: Murder Carrie Episode: Murder by the Book
Viper KGB Agent Natalya Marakova Episode: MIG-89
1997 Highlander Ingrid Henning Episode: The Valkyrie
Buffy the Vampire Slayer Natalie French/The She-Mantis Episode: Teacher's Pet
Babylon 5 Felicia Episode: Between the Darkness and the Light
Pensacola: Wings of Gold Elina Zulinova Episode: Road Warriors
1998 The Sentinel Lila Episode: Love Kills
Soldier of Fortune, Inc. Kasima Fada Episode: Top Event
1999 Star Trek: Voyager Derran Tal Episode: "The Disease"
2000 Pensacola: Wings of Gold Captain Jill 'Blaze' Trevera Episode: Pensacola Shootout
Xena: Warrior Princess Ilainus Episode: Amphipolis Under Siege
Secret Agent Man Prima Recurring Role (3 episodes)
Stargate SG-1 Shan'auc Episode: Crossroads
2001 V.I.P. Alex Quaid Episode: Val's Big Bang
2002 Son of the Beach Nutragena Episode: Hamm Stroker's Suck My Blood
2003 Stargate SG-1 Shauna Episode: The Changeling
She Spies Dr. Weiland Episode: Damsels in De-Stress
Frasier Natalie Blanc Episode: High Holidays
2004 The Bold and the Beautiful Princess Guinevere (1 episode)
2010 NCIS Julie Merriweather Episode: Broken Arrow

Other works[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1989 Soweto's Burning Emma Theater
Terry Lin - Let's Get Busy Dancer music video
Alice Cooper - Bed of Nails Dancer music video
Cats in Boots - Shotgun Sally Dancer/Model music video
Paul Carrack - I Live By The Groove Model music video
Rod Stewart - This Old Heart of Mine Dancer/Model music video
Tina Turner - I Don't Wanna Lose You Model music video
Elton John - Healing Hands Model music video
1990 Joey B. Ellis - Thought You Were The One For Me Dancer music video
King Swamp - Wiseblood Model music video
Terry Steele - If I Told You Once Model music video
Desiree Coleman - Romance Model music video
Debbie Gibson - Anything Is Possible Model music video
Colin James - "Keep On Lovin' Me Baby" Model music video
1991 Amy Grant - Every Heartbeat Model music video
1992 Rock Video Girls 2 Herself Music videos collection
It Came from the Desert Fantasy girl Video game
1993 Voyeur Chantal Pousette Video game
1995 Chris Isaak - "Go Walking Down There" Dancer music video
American Hero Gipsy Video game (unreleased)
1997 Movies, For Guys Who Like Movies Herself/Guest TBS program
1998 Dune 2000 Lady Elara Video game
1999 Loveless'Ladies Herself Documentary featured on the DVD for Wild Wild West
2002 Emperor: Battle for Dune Lady Elara Video game
2003 Le Bourgeois gentilhomme Countess Dorimene Theater
2005 Making of "Mosquito Man Herself Documentary featured on the DVD for Mansquito
2005 Kicking & Screaming: Behind the Net Herself Documentary featured on the DVD for Kicking & Screaming
2006 Behind the scenes of '"Spymate" Herself Documentary featured on the DVD for Spymate
2007 Prudential Real Estate Agent 24/7 Commercial
Yoplait Model Commercial
2009 Live From The Future Herself/Guest Talk show

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