Borat 2 star Maria Bakalova found the babysitter scene "very hard" to film

Louise McCreesh
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Borat Subsequent Moviefilm star Maria Bakalova has revealed the surprising scene she found "very hard" to film.

The actress played Tutar Sagdiyev, who was transported to America by her father Borat (Sacha Baron Cohen) as a gift for US Vice President Mike Pence, in the sequel which hit Amazon Prime Video last October.

Speaking recently, Maria revealed that the one scene she struggled to shoot was her deception of real-life babysitter Jeanise Jones.

The scene in question saw Tutar stay with Jeanise for a short period, during which Jeanise encouraged Tutar to stand up for herself.

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Photo credit: Amazon Prime

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Following the movie's release, Jeanise made a Facebook post claiming she thought she had been "recruited to be in a documentary".

A fundraiser was subsequently set up in Jeanise's name, with Baron Cohen donating $100,000.

Maria has since revealed she struggled with not being able to tell Jeanise "not to worry" about her character while filming the scenes.

"Jeanise is a true angel," she told LA Times.

"I will probably always think of her as my godmother, a real hero and life coach. She just wanted to help this girl become a strong woman. We had a real human connection from the very first day we met.

Photo credit: Amazon Prime
Photo credit: Amazon Prime

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"I called her on Thanksgiving – it was my first American Thanksgiving and was also my best. I was so happy to talk to her that I started to cry.

"When we were shooting, it was very hard for me, because I wanted to tell her not to worry about me. She is a really good example of how important it is to be a good person and care about others."

The comments follow Borat 2 director Jason Woliner revealing how that incredible Tom Hanks cameo occurred.

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

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