Borat 2's Maria Bakalova calls Sacha Baron Cohen's sequel a "riot against misogyny"

Ian Sandwell
·3-min read
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Borat Subsequent Moviefilm's breakout star Maria Bakalova has called the comedy sequel a "riot against misogyny".

Speaking during tonight's BAFTA Film Session for Supporting Actress, Bakalova praised her co-star and Borat creator Sacha Baron Cohen for using the prank comedy as a way to improve the world.

She explained how preparing for the role was "scary and crazy at the same time" as she never knew what to expect. However, she felt it was an important role to be involved with and needed to see her take that risk.

"I think that Sacha as an artist is doing a revolution through his art. I can say that probably, how I see him, he's trying to make the world a better place," Bakalova praised.

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"For me as an actor, when I made a commitment that I'm going to be part of this movie, it's being like, 'Yeah there are moments where I'm going to be freaking out and I'm going to meet people I might not know anything about, but I have to do it'. It's a duty and I hope it's gonna make an impact in the world in a good way."

She added that even though the story of Borat Subsequent Moviefilm is simple ("it's the story of a father and a daughter"), the movie ends up being a "riot against misogyny" for the issues it highlights and creates a discussion over.

One sequence Bakalova singled out was the debutante ball where Borat and her character Tutar put a unique spin on a father-daughter dance, ending with Tutar revealing fake "moon blood" (Borat's description, not ours).

"I think the preparation for the debutante ball was actually harder than in the scene, because when I started the scene, I completely lost my mind and it was something like hypnosis because you're just doing it," she recalled.

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Photo credit: Amazon Prime Video

"It's actually super funny and it's cringey because the situation is in front of all these people. At the same time, there are a lot of messages that I stand up against. Why should I be ashamed as a woman that I have a period? And why some day if I have a spot on my dress, that should ruin my day? It's not right.

"That's why we needed that. We need these reactions. We need this stigma to be over. I think it's important. We're living in the 21st century, but unfortunately, there are a lot of places in the world that these issues are still existing and why?

"We are all human, we're equal, we are women but somehow, we're still subjugated by the patriarchy. It's time to, step by step, make a difference, I hope."

Bakalova is nominated for Supporting Actress at next month's BAFTAs, alongside Niamh Algar, Ashley Madekwe, Kosar Ali, Dominique Fishback and Yuh-Jung Youn. She's also up for Actress in a Supporting Role at the Oscars.

The EE British Academy Film Awards take place on Saturday, April 10 and Sunday, April 11.

Borat Subsequent Moviefilm is available to watch on Amazon Prime Video.

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