'Borat' Star Maria Bakalova Describes Emotional Reunion With Her 'Babysitter'

Written by on January 4, 2021

Maria Bakalova, the breakout star of Sacha Baron Cohen’s “Borat 2,” has revealed she’s nonetheless in contact with Jeanise Jones, the kindly grandmother who babysat her character within the film.

Jones made headlines after the movie’s launch for her poignant recommendation to Bakalova’s character, Borat’s daughter Tutar. Jones revealed shortly afterward that she thought she was in a documentary and had no thought she was being filmed for “Borat.” 

“Jeanise is a real angel. I’ll most likely at all times consider her as my godmother, an actual hero and life coach,” Bakalova advised the Los Angeles Instances in an interview.

“She simply needed to assist this woman turn out to be a robust girl. We had an actual human connection from the very first day we met.”

The 24-year-old Bulgarian actor stated that she rang Jones on Thanksgiving.

“I used to be so joyful to speak to her that I began to cry. Once we had been taking pictures, it was very arduous for me, as a result of I needed to inform her to not fear about me,” she stated. “She is a very good instance of how vital it’s to be particular person and care about others.”

The sequel to Baron Cohen’s 2006 hit mockumentary revolves across the titular character’s 15-year-old daughter, Tutar, whom he brings to America from Kazakhstan. As she learns extra about American tradition, she regularly escapes from her father’s sexist views. She was helped largely by her conversations with Jones, who advised her that “any man ought to such as you as you’re,” and “your daddy is a liar.”

When Jones revealed she was clueless about her function being a setup, her steerage turned all of the extra outstanding. A GoFundMe raised greater than $180,000 for her after her pastor in Oklahoma Metropolis revealed she had misplaced her job within the coronavirus pandemic. Baron Cohen donated $100,000.

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