Versatile actress and stunt person Vanessa Vander Pluym comes to Stuntbusters with a long list of credentials across many specialties, as the world-class rhythmic gymnast and black-belt martial artist is trained in high falls, weapons, air ram, water sports, motorcycles and more. Seen most recently as a mermaid in Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, Vander Pluym graduated from UCLA with a degree in mechanical engineering, giving her a unique perspective on the world of Hollywood stunt preparation and execution.
Her most complicated stunt to date: a four-story balcony-collapse scene with more than a dozen other stunt people for the popular series, ER.
'We were all wired to a crane and the floor we were standing on was blown and then we were falling through each floor with debris flying all around us,' Vander Pluym explained. 'Everything had to go just right from the rigging to the actions of the stunt performers.'
With Stuntbusters, Vander Pluym is excited to be able to delve into the world of automotive mayhem, noting that along with co-host Garrett Hammond they will get to 'execute stunts people wait their entire careers to perform.'