Musetta Vander

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Musetta Vander
Musetta Vander in 1996
Musetta van der Merwe

(1963-05-26) 26 May 1963 (age 61)
Durban, South Africa
Alma materRand Afrikaans University (BA)
Years active1986–present
Known forWild Wild West
Super Force
Mortal Kombat Annihilation
Buffy the Vampire Slayer Teacher's Pet
Star Trek: Voyager

Musetta Vander (born Musetta van der Merwe; 26 May 1963)[1] is a South African actress.


In 1991, Vander landed her first notable role, portraying Zander Tyler in seven episodes of the action-adventure TV series Super Force.[2]

In 1997, she portrayed Sindel in Mortal Kombat Annihilation.[3]

In 1998, she starred as Lady Elara, one of the lead characters in the video game Dune 2000.[4] In 2002, she reprised her role for the sequel, Emperor: Battle for Dune.[5]

Vander's theater credits include The Bourgeois Gentleman and Soweto's Burning.

She appeared in commercials, including those for Lancôme, Sanyo, McDonald's, Diet Coke, Mercedes, Heineken and Skittles. She played Agent 24-7 for Prudential Real Estate.

She is featured in magazines, including a pictorial in Maxim[6] and a cover on Details.[citation needed]

1999, Vander had a supporting role in Barry Sonnenfeld's film Wild Wild West portraying an assistant to Kenneth Branagh's character, Dr. Loveless.

In 2000, she played a seductive Siren in O Brother, Where Art Thou?. That year, she also had a role in The Cell alongside Jennifer Lopez.

Vander appeared in television programming, primarily science fiction and fantasy series, including Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Stargate SG-1, Star Trek: Voyager, Babylon 5, Xena: Warrior Princess, and Highlander: The Series. Her later TV credits include guest appearances on NCIS, Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders and Hawaii Five-0.

Vander played the lead character's wife in the comedy Kicking & Screaming, and co-starred in Say It in Russian. She played the lead female character in the thriller Breaking Point.[7] She can also be seen in the spoof/comedy Transylmania.

She starred in a Christian movie, Johnny, and played the step-mother of Gattlin Griffith in the horror movie Under the Bed.



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: Backlash Lash
1997 American Hero Gipsy Shot in 1995, cancelled in 1997, and finally released in 2021.
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
2017 The Hatred Edna
Shine Corrine Stacker
2018 Meryl (short) (voice)


Year Title Role Notes
1991–92 Super Force Zander Tyler Recurring role (7 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 Shan'auc 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"
2016 Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders Miriam Nell Episode: "Iqiniso"
Swedish Dicks Jennifer Episode #1.4
2017 Hawaii Five-0 Sheriff Alana Smith Episode "Ka Pa'ani Nui/Big Game"

Other works[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1989 Soweto's Burning Emma Theatre
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
Traveling Wilburys – "Wilbury Twist" 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 Theatre
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
2017 DSW The Daughter Situation Mother Commercial
Amazon Echo Actress Commercial
Rhofade - Less Red and More You Actress Commercial

Radio and podcasts[edit]

  • Vander appeared on Ken Reid's TV Guidance Counselor podcast on 31 August 2016.


  1. ^ "Musetta Vander – Actress – Tv-com Profiles". Archived from the original on 30 September 2018. Retrieved 28 March 2012.
  2. ^ Brooks, Tim; Marsh, Earle F. (24 June 2009). The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network and Cable TV Shows, 1946-Present. Random House Publishing Group. p. 1333. ISBN 978-0-307-48320-1.
  3. ^ Carton, Christopher (30 April 2022). A Guide to Video Game Movies. White Owl. p. 24. ISBN 978-1-3990-9220-3.
  4. ^ "Dune 2000 (Video Game 1998)". IMDb. Retrieved 23 July 2023.
  5. ^ "Emperor: Battle for Dune (Video Game 2001)". IMDb. Retrieved 23 July 2023.
  6. ^ "The Sirens of St. Barts - Maxim". 2 August 2016. Retrieved 25 March 2023.
  7. ^ "Musetta Vander Filmography". Archived from the original on 1 January 2006. Retrieved 28 March 2012.

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