Highlander WorldWide is delighted to welcome Musetta Vander to her first HLWW convention.
A Dutch South African, Musetta Vander was raised without that most basic of modern conveniences–television! Radio programming, childhood books and weekend trips to the drive-in introduced her to the magical world of movies. It was not until the mid-’70s that South Africa finally got television, and the big black box in the family living room “miraculously” sprang to life.
However, as the daughter of a ballet teacher, Musetta was no stranger to the entertainment world and debuted on stage at the age of four. Her childhood was filled with numerous dance performances including Giselle, Coppelia, The Student Prince and Showboat, and, shortly after completing school, she qualified as a ballet teacher herself.
After earning a BA in Communications and Psychology, she landed the plum job as anchor host for a MTV-like television show in South Africa. After a move to Hollywood, she became part of the world she used to host with notable appearances including music videos for the likes of Tina turner, Elton John, Rod Stewart and Chris Isaak
It was her critically acclaimed stage performance in the original South African play Soweto’s Burning, about the trials of an interracial friendship in that racially segregated country, that provided her transition to the big screen. A diverse range of roles in film and television followed… including, of course, the role of Ingrid in the acclaimed Valkyrie episode of Highlander: The Series.
Other projects included… Monolith (1993), Under the Hula Moon (1995), Star Trek: Voyager (1995), Stargate SG1 (1997), Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997), Gunshy (1998), Wild Wild West (1999) and O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000), Frasier (2003), NCIS (2010) Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders (2016) and Hawaii Five-0 (2017).