Maria Bakalova in Borat 2 after Rudy Giuliani scene

Maria Bakalova's trick not to break character in Borat 2

The breakout star of Borat Subsequent Movie is now one of the most named actresses. We all wonder about how she and Sacha Baron Cohen did to avoid laughing in such a funny movie, and finally, she shared the secret with us. Keep reading to discover it! 

  • The 24-year-old actress was born in Bulgaria. 
  • She plays Borat's daughter in the Borat Subsequent Movie. 
  • Maria admitted in an interview with The New York Times that it's hard not to laugh in some scenes but that they have a trick for that. 

Her role in the movie

Maria Bakalova. Source: Instagram

Maria Bakalova plays Tutar in the Borat Subsequent Movie. Tutar, is Borat's daughter, who isn't aware of some women rights, as the fact that women can read, drive or masturbate like any man. 

Maria Bakalova in Borat 2. Source: Instagram

It’s a movie of how a girl can grow up and should grow up,” Maria said about Borat 2. “How people can treat you as not equal because you’re a woman and what kind of options you have,” she explained. 

Maria Bakalova. Source: The New York Times

Luckily, Maria was there to show all this injustices on the screen and make people more aware about them. 

How to control laughing 

Maria Bakalova and Sacha Baron Cohen with Jimmy Kimmel. Source: Instagram

Borat is a hilarious movie, and Sacha Baron Cohen makes us laugh all the time, and so he does with Maria during the filming of the scenes. She admitted that it was incredibly challenging to keep a straight face at the beginning. 

Sacha Baron Cohen. Source: Getty Images

"When Sacha starts doing his thing, and you’re right next to him, he has this super serious face. I have to act like it’s the most normal thing ever. But he’s so funny" she explained. 

Sacha Baron Cohen and Maria Bakalova in Borat 2. Source: Amazon Studios

Nevertheless, as Baron Cohen has tons of experience in doing this, he taught Bakalova how to control it. "He taught me a trick to cross my fingers, to put pressure on my fingers, to stop laughing," Maria said during the interview. 

Our conclusions

Maria Bakalova. Source: The New York Times

The Bulgarian actress definitely learned the lesson, and she plays an excellent role in the whole movie giving life to Tutar who is learning about being a strong woman in a patriarchal society. 

Maria Bakalova playing Tutar. Source: Amazon Studios

She makes us laugh during the whole film thanks to the advice of the experienced Cohen, and she knows how to hold herself even when he is not in the scene with her. Cheers, Maria! You can watch the movie trailer here:

Natalie Baldwin

Graphic Designer graduated from University of Southern California. Bookworm. Nature, coffee and books are my best friends.+ info

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