Zimbabwean-South African actress Sibongile Mlambo stars as a mermaid in 'Siren,' the number one new drama with young adults in the United States, according to Freeform.
'Siren' follows Ryn ('Game of Thrones'' Eline Powell), a mermaid who arrives in the seaside town of Bristol Cove looking for her sister, Donna (Mlambo), but who is soon wreaking havoc and making friends.
Forget everything you learned in 'The Little Mermaid': the happy ending the mermaids in 'Siren' are looking for has nothing to do with marrying a prince and becoming human.
Instead Eric Wald, who created 'Siren' with Dean White ('The 100', 'The Shield'), cites 'Jaws' and 'Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides' as inspirations for the hit series, which reinstates mermaids as the kind of predators who were once famous for luring sailors to their death with their siren songs.
'Siren' has a 94% critics rating and an 84% audience score on Rotten Tomatoes, where the critics' consensus is that, "'Siren' turns traditional lore on its tail with a unique, well-paced show that presents dangerous, violent mythical creatures in a surprisingly empathetic and exciting light."
Freeform has already ordered a second season of this fish-out-of-water story, which 'Paste' described as "gruesome and great;" 'TV Guide' called "one of the more surprisingly fun shows of the season, with the potential to be great;" and 'Forbes' labeled "'The Vampire Diaries' for mermaids."
Mlambo was singled out as a "scene-stealer" by 'Shadow & Act.' Based in LA since 2015, the 'Black Sails' and 'Teen Wolf' star is having a great year, with roles in the Netflix series 'Lost in Space' and the Palme d'Or nominated indie thriller, 'Under The Silver Lake.'
Dive into the 10 episodes of 'Siren' first and only on Showmax in Africa.