Astrid BergÃ¨s-Frisbey was born in Spain to a Spanish father, but moved to France when she was still young (via IGN). Her acting career began with a series of French television appearances before playing a supporting role in the feature film “The Sea Wall” in 2008, just one year after her television debut. Three years later, in 2011, she appeared in her first Hollywood movie, “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides”, as the mermaid Syrena.
Syrena first appears when pirate leader Blackbeard (Ian McShane) captures her in order to extract her tears for a ritual he intends to make himself immortal with. However, Philip Swift (Sam Claflin), a missionary on Blackbeard’s ship, ends up falling in love with Syrena and saving her from Blackbeard’s machinations.
BergÃ¨s-Frisbey told Looper that she essentially learned to speak English for the first time on the set of “Pirates,” communicating more often with hand signals than with words. That said, she was able to speak Spanish, the language of her native country, with her co-star PenÃ©lope Cruz (who herself Get along wonderfully with “Pirates” frontman Johnny Depp). The two even watched Spain play in the FIFA World Cup together, as long as playing times didn’t clash with the shoot.