Vaitiare Bandera
Biographical information
Birth name

Vaitiaré Eugenie Hirshon

  • Vaitiare Hirshon
  • Vaitiare
  • Vaitiaré
  • Vaitiare Hirshon-Asars
Date of birth

August 15, 1964

Place of birth

Tahiti, French Polynesia




5' 7" (1,7 m)



Marital status
  • Married to Edgars Asars (September 2004 - present) (1 child)
  • Was married to Peter Bandera (1994 - 1997) (divorced)
Other information
Official site

Stargate universe information


Vaitiare Bandera (recently best known as Vaitiare Hirshon) is an actress. She has a daughter (Tatiana Shanks) with Michael Shanks. Vaitiaré is a Tahitian name meaning "Water Flower". In Tahitian it's pronounced like "Vay-t-awe-rey" (roll the "r" like in latin), in English - like "Vi-tee-awe-ray".  She is of Tahitian, Cook Island, German, English and French descent. Her mother is related to the Royal House of Makea Karika in the Cook Islands.

Vaitiare was born in Tahiti and raised throughout the United States since the age of 8. She currently lives in California with her two children and husband.

She originally auditioned for the role of Sha're in Stargate, the 1994 film, but ultimately lost to Mili Avital. She was offered the role in the following television series Stargate SG-1 after auditioning again for the same part.


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