Meet Maria bakalova, 5 things to know about Maria Bakalova, the ‘Borat’ star from that Giuliani scene

She’s a 24-year-old Bulgarian actress:-

Bakalova was born in Burgas, Bulgaria, and trained as a flautist and singer since she was a child, according to IMDb.

She later studied at the National Academy for Theatre and Film Arts in the Bulgarian capital, Sofia.

The actress came to the United States for the first time to play the part of Borat’s shaggy daughter, Tutar, who gets a movie makeover and lands herself in a number of dicey scenes with unwitting Americans — politicians, abortion foes and debutantes among them.

Her arc in the film — officially called “Borat Subsequent Moviefilm:
Delivery of Prodigious Bribe to American Regime for Make Benefit Once Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan” — is much larger than that much-talked about moment.

She joins the fictional Kazakh journalist in a number of hijinks that reflect poorly on the U.S. and its leaders.

She was chosen from 600 women auditioning for Tutar:-
Bakalova said she responded to an open casting call for the film, sent in a tape and went to London to audition for the part.

Baron Cohen, a producer on “Borat Subsequent Moviefilm,” selected Bakalova from more than 600 women around the world who auditioned for Tutar.

She was thrilled to represent Bulgaria in the film
The actress moved to Los Angeles earlier this year and has been active on Instagram, posting photos of her pets, swimsuits, glam and film projects, but also heftier material including images of protests in Bulgaria and support for the Black Lives Matter movement and Gen Z disruption to the status quo.
She also posts with pride about her home country.

She felt safe with Baron Cohen during the infamous Giuliani scene:-
“I’ve always felt safe with our team, with our crew, with Sacha in my corner,” Bakalova said.
“I actually never felt that I’ve been in danger. That’s why I’m lucky, because I had them.”

Baron Cohen was “quite concerned for her” during the scene and said it was his responsibility as a producer “to ensure that the lead actor is looked after.”

She also sneaked into a Trump press conference:-
The meeting was made public Friday in a scene that didn’t make it into the film but was posted on the Borat character’s official Twitter account.

In the video, the character claims that far-right cable network One America News and its reporter Chanel Rion led Bakalova into the White House under the guise of a conservative journalist. She didn’t undergo a security check or COVID-19 test, he said, because “they boring.”

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