July 24, 2021

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

Sacha Baron Cohen is still effectively duping Americans into embarrassing stunts. And he does much of it in the just-released “Borat” sequel with the help of Maria Bakalova, the actress you may already know from her “sexy-time” scene with Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani.

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.

Here are some things to know about the young actress, who is introduced to American audiences as Borat’s 15-year-old daughter in the film— a.k.a. the titular “prodigious bribe” — that began streaming Friday on Amazon Prime Video.

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.

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