Actress Maria Bakalova talks about her Oscar nomination

Bakalova is nominated for best supporting actress for her performance in "Borat Subsequent Moviefilm."
6:05 | 04/14/21

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On the road to the Oscar, this morning we are thrilled to catch up with one of the nominees for best supporting actress, Maria bakalova nominated for playing borat's 15-year-old daughter in "Borat subsequent moviefilm." She joins U now. Maria, thank you so much for joining us this morning. Boy, your first TV appearance on "Gma" was last October with Sacha baron Cohen. What a ride it has been for you since then. Yes, good morning. It's a pleasure to be here again and it was my first TV appearance especially connected to "Borat subsequent moviefilm" with Sacha which was the morning after a long night because we just released the movie and had a dance party the night before. It's been great and I'm beyond grateful for all this recognition and for all of the people that watched the movie and they enjoyed it because we all needed a bit of light and laugh at something but at the same time helped make it a little better because we can always make it better. We can always make it better. It's always better when you're on our program. Always love having you back again. I love to be here. We hear that you got the news about your Oscar nomination when U were shooting a scene, you were on the set of another movie when you got the word so tell us about that. Yes, I was on set, I was with the great Pedro Pascal and the amazing director Judd apatow shooting "The bubble," another comedy and you were able to see my hands shaking like crazy because I was able to see what time it was, 10:15, I knew that 12:20 I'm going to know who is going to be nominated but didn't want to think about it because the biggest gift I can receive from "Borat" is people to see it, watch it, feel it somehow and love it. So when I heard that I'm being nominated from Judd, he came closer to me in the middle of a shot, congratulations, you just got your nomination for the academy awards and I think I lost my mind. Because I was with two great talents and amazing team working safely and responsibly and it was shared, this moment when you're able to share it with other people also. We know you celebrated on set but who was the first person you called after you celebrated on set? My mom. Oh. I called my mom immediately and she was crying and it broke my heart because when I heard about the golden globes she was smiling like crazy, but with the oscars she was crying -- you did it, I can't believe that it's maybe it's going to be a great for all of these places in the -- in eastern Europe because of this huge platform and recognition for eastern European actor with an accent and it was beautiful. It's a beautiful story. Let's take a look at the role that got you nominated. What are you doing? We are driving. Women can drive. Don't cry. Don't cry. It's okay. You can drive? You can't drive. No, no, no. You are a man? No. Dressed like a woman? No. Help me. It's a woman running the car. Now we all know Sasha baron Cohen has a particular process when he makes movies including the auditions. Tell us about the audition process it was so secretive you thought it might be a plot to kidnap women. Yes, I was pretty sure it was going to be one of those moments where you apply for something, eventually they're going to travel you somewhere and you disappear from the world. I was scared because the human trafficking situation still exists, but we needed to be secretive just to make the movie work and it's going to make an impact to the world so I had no idea what I'm auditioning for, who is going to be behind the project, what is the studio behind, where are we going to shoot, America, England, Bulgaria, who is going to star in the movie, I was freaking out is it a real casting or what is why is it so secretive. When I got involved closely I completely understood the reason why and we made it for almost 1 1/2 years and not even my parents knew what I'm working on but when I watched it they understood why I've kept it a secret because they would have been freaking out, you know, the situations that -- Probably so and we hear that you are excited about attending an awards show in person. Why is that? I am excited because I've been watching it on my small TV at home intelligence in Bulgaria and it's been around 2:30, 3:30, 4:30 A.M. Bulgarian time in the last seven, seven years probably and now when I know I might be part of it in person and see all of these talented people close to me, I don't know, my mind is about to explode. And I'm excited. I hope I'm not going to fall on the red carpet because I haven't been -- and my styist loves high heels. Then you can relate. You know what, we want to wish you luck. You're outstanding in the film. Do you have any idea how you'll celebrate if you win? Hopefully I'm going to be able to celebrate with Sasha baron Cohen because I miss him. Last time I saw him was on "Good morning America." And I hope that I'm going to see him at the oscars and maybe the very next day I'm going to get a puppy because I love dogs. Oh. Great way to celebrate. Yeah. A little one next to me. Thanks for joining us. "Borat subsequent moviefilm" is available now on Amazon prime. Watch the 93rd oscars Sunday, April 25th at 9 eastern right on ABC.

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