Maria Bakalova has revealed that Sacha Baron Cohen checked that she was ‘okay’ to film her interview scene with Rudy Giuliani after he declined a Covid test.
The Bulgarian actress, 24, who played teenage Tutar in Borat 2, was seen tricking the 76-year-old into thinking she was a conservative reporter and leading him to a hotel room during a controversial scene in the film.
Reflecting on the now infamous moment in an interview with GQ hypeMaria admitted that she ‘panicked’ and was concerned about the coronavirus.
‘I was in a panic’: Maria Bakalova revealed that Sacha Baron Cohen checked she was ‘okay’ to film her interview scene with Rudy Giuliani after he declined a Covid test
Maria explained, “There was a moment when I thought, ‘Will I be able to ask that question?’
‘Cause if I were to ask,’ Are you coming into the bedroom with me? ‘, Would you come? It’s a scary situation because for a person being interviewed, why are you going there? Why are you lying there?
So I was shocked when I had to ask that question [suggesting they go to the bedroom]
Maria also explained how the scene was shot on the same day that Guiliani declined a Covid test, which only added to her concern.
Scene: The Bulgarian actress, 24, who played teenage Tutar, was seen fooling the 76-year-old (photo in November) into thinking she was a conservative reporter and leading him to a hotel room during a controversial moment in Borat 2
She said, ‘And at the same time, this was after the Coronavirus started. And we knew earlier that day that he refused to take a Covid test. ‘
Despite the attorney’s outright refusal, Borat’s cast decided to go ahead with the shoot and it was Sacha who checked that Maria was okay to proceed.
She continued, ‘Yes [Guiliani refused a test]And in the end we were like, “Okay, let’s do it. Let’s do it.” But that was one of the things Sacha asked me [was she OK to go ahead]And I was like, “Okay, let’s do it.” ‘
Sacha has also previously spoken of the crew’s concerns about the former New York City mayor, who contracted the virus in December and had not undergone a test.
He told Variety: ‘There was a debate about what should we do? Are we going to continue with this scene? What happens if he has the coronavirus? We concluded it was worth the risk. ‘
In the movie, Borat Subsequent Movie Film, Maria Giuliani interviews about Covid and leads him in a hotel room, where he lay on a bed and seemed to put his hands in his pants, before being interrupted by Sacha Baron Cohen’s character.
Concerns: The actress, 24, admitted she was concerned about coronavirus risk, but decided to go ahead with the scene
“She’s 15. She’s too old for you,” Borat shouts in the scene filmed in July, waving Giuliani away his “daughter” Tutar.
Giuliani later noted, “I was always fully clothed,” telling a reporter that he just tucked in his shirt and did nothing out of the ordinary.
“ I sit back and tuck in my shirt and that’s when they have this photo they are taking, which at least looks trite through it, ” the former New York mayor told WABC radio in October.
Elsewhere in her GQ interview, Maria admitted that she thought Sacha was crazy because she thought they could fool Giuliani in the movie.
She said, ‘When I first saw the script, I asked him [Sacha] who will play Rudy Giuliani? Or who will play Mike Pence?
And he said they were going to play themselves. “Oh my God,” I thought, “you’ve lost your mind. That will never happen!”
Check-in: Maria added that it was Sacha Baron Cohen (portrayed as her father in the movie) who asked if she was ‘ok’ to film the interview scene
Maria also spoke candidly about a whole day at the White House, saying she could go “anywhere.”
She said, “I spent a whole day in the White House and it was really impressive. It’s the White House! It is beautiful.
‘I was with [Trump-supporting] One American News with the reporter Chanel Rion and I went to the White House everywhere. [Laughs.] Which is also quite scary!
‘But someone, I think, got suspicious of some other media [outlet], I was wondering if these people at One American News were bringing some people, so we had to leave. ‘
Since her breakout appearance, Maria has been nominated for a BAFTA, Oscar and Screen Actors Guild award.
Hit Back: Giuliani said the video was a ‘complete fabrication’ and he ‘tucked in his shirt’ after the scene’s video came out in October
While discussing how she found out about her Academy Award nomination, Maria revealed that Judd Apatow told her while they were working on the upcoming movie The Bubble.
Maria explained: “Unconsciously I knew exactly at 12:20 pm that they were going to announce the nominees. But I didn’t want to look at it.
“We were filming a scene where you can see my hands and they were shaking like crazy. And I could see the time – it was 12:12 PM, 12:15 PM, 12:20 PM – and I see people holding their phones, looking at something but no one is responding.
And then Judd came by, and I thought, “He’s not saying it on the mic, so he’s coming closer so as not to embarrass me in front of all the people.”
And then he told me I was nominated for an Academy Award. I think I had a moment of madness because everyone started cheering.
“And it’s insane because it’s even more precious when it’s shared with more people.”
Read the full feature online GQ hype now.
Borat’s Back: Sacha Baron Cohen joked President Donald Trump’s personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, in Borat Subsequent Movie Film, which was released in October