An interview with body bodies’ Maria Bakalova

(From left) Maria Baklova and Amandla Stenberg in Bodybuilding.

(from left) Maria Baklova and Amandla Stenberg Inn bodies bodies bodies,
photo, A24

Not many actors get the rocket ride experience that Maria Bakalova did with 2020 borat baadi moviefilm, She wasn’t just catapulted to celebrity through her role as Tutar Sagdiyev, the teenage daughter of Sacha Baron Cohen’s bumbling and forever aggressive Kazakh journalist. She was at the center of the mockumentary’s most jaw-dropping, buzzy scene, which ends horizontally on Rudy Giuliani’s bed. Bakalova gets Academy Award, Golden Globe, BAFTA, and Screen Actors Guild nominations for his work, and soon found himself working with director Judd Apatow. bubble) and holding meetings with Hollywood giants.

his latest film, bodies bodies bodies, is a dark comedic psychological horror film directed by Halina Reason. Bakalova portrays Bea, a young, working-class college student who, along with her new girlfriend Sophie (Amandala Stenberg), goes to a “hurricane party” with later childhood friends at a remote mansion. When a murder-in-the-dark party game turns deadly real, Bee finds herself pushed to extremes, unsure who to trust.

AV Club Recently with 26-year-old Bakalova talked about her dead body work, him borato Audition experience, social media, joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and more. Below is an excerpt of the conversation.


AV Club: bodies bodies bodies A horror movie and a ruckus, but it’s also sprinkled with generational social commentary. How did it read on the page, and does a film like this check the box for you a professional?

Maria Bakalova: I think we’ve advanced the script we’ve already written incredibly, because I was always expecting it to be a great production. I don’t think I’ve ever been disappointed with the content A24 has to offer. It’s so contemporary and relatable and interesting and at the same time high quality—an advanced mix of styles. So I was ready that it was going to be good. But having Halina on board [cinematographer] Also on board Jasper Wolf, these are the two men who have made the magic of our film even bigger and higher. As well as incredible artists with so many dedicated, talented people—smart and ready to be covered in blood and mud, with giant rain machines flying toward our faces for eight hours. Seeing it on screen, I’m like, “Wow, I’m so lucky,” and it’s beautiful. It speaks to my generation but at the same time I think it’s a universal experience because people who are much older or even younger can relate to the film, because it’s about the time and the real world in which we live. live.

Maria Bakalova as Bee in Body Bodies Bodies.

Maria Bakalova as Bee bodies bodies bodies,
photo, A24

AVC: Your character is an outsider to the other characters in the film, which can be described as “maniac.” How does the kind of toxic relationship depicted in the film match up with internet culture and social media?

MB: This is a very interesting question. They are like “maniacs”. They call each other friends based on shared memories and some past experiences that may have been made by their parents, who decided to bring these people together because their families have been friends. We don’t know anything about it. But both have come to spend a lot of time together. If these people meet each other today [for the first time] I’m not sure they would actually be friends. But when you get into this path of toxic relationships, it can be even more toxic because they are all built on lies and secrets and don’t communicate at all, mostly just your phone and the internet and social media. – whatever is not bad [in itself]Because if you use it properly it can be very beneficial for a large audience, for a bigger message to the universe in which we live. But somehow we compare ourselves to the images we see there and we just use language that we sometimes don’t know the meaning of.

So it’s interesting – how do you get back to actual communication that supposedly should exist, but we lack because of the tools we’ve been given. This is definitely something that can be influenced by social media, technology, this new world in which we live. But at the end of the day, I think there’s only so much we can do based on our decisions. Again, if you use [social media] Well, if you use it in a way that might help someone, dive in, there’s nothing wrong with that.

AVC: The film alludes to Bee standing in the square in relation to the other characters. Have you made up a big backstory for Bee?

MB: Yes, I did a backstory for that. Usually when I start working on something I make biographies of the characters I am working on. It’s actually still on my computer somewhere and I’ll be excited to go back one day and read it because I think I wrote it one night while I was shooting in England bubble, There was a time when we were like, “Okay, the movie probably will happen,” so I knew I had to go to work. And then I started talking to Halina. We started discussing where the bee is coming from, why she is behaving like this, why she is keeping a mystery because she seems to be a really nice person. So why does he need to lie? And maybe it’s all driven by fear – will he be rejected if he doesn’t live up to one’s expectation? She is prioritizing the care of her mother and family rather than herself as a person, and how do you deal with the fear of loss? Because she may lose her mother if she doesn’t take care of him, but in this way she is losing herself.

AVC: borato Clearly changed the trajectory of your career. What was the process like to self-submit that first audition tape and get word that you booked that job?

MB: [smiles, laughs] It will never get old for me, because I remember that morning so clearly. This is after my graduation and long before sunrise. It was still dark outside. And I did it mostly to keep myself awake! The other plan was to contact the person who would share it. [Julian Kostov], because he was a great actor from my country who lived in England and tried to be an advocate for representation on screen. So I was thinking in my head, “Well, he’s in England, maybe he can somehow invite me to the premiere of the Andrea Arnold movie, and someday we can make a co-production between England and Bulgaria.” And then we will do something in Italy and Bulgaria!” But actually I couldn’t believe it was an actual audition. I was just trying to stay awake, because it was between 5 and 7 in the morning. I had a pick-up call at 7 o’clock, and I Had graduated from the National Academy (the night before), and I was celebrating with my teachers and my class, and so this was a way to contact this other person out there (in the world), to craft dedicated. And then it’s just done. And I was like, “What, this is really Real?!” Because such things don’t usually happen to people like us, people from Eastern Europe, people with accents, people from different backgrounds.

Maria Baklova as Tutar in the Borat Sequel Moviefilm.

Tutar in. as Maria Bakalova borat baadi moviefilm,
photo, heroine

AVC: The Real Shooting Experience borato Apparently improvisational comedy had a heavy inclination. How comfortable were you with this given your theatrical background, your professional training?

MB: I had never done improv before, but I had acquired the ability to be in the moment, and not privileged to take a second—because these are real people, and you just have to go for it, now or never. I think being trained in theater for 10 years helped me a lot because when you’re on stage you don’t have a second take. If you slip on the stage, all you have to do is stand back and keep going. If you miss a line, you’ll have to make up something. But professionally I’ve never done anything that’s out there and improvising, and I learned a lot watching Sacha, who is a mastermind and phenomenal and talented. Not all exaggerations are enough to describe how great he is. So it was a master class and I really enjoyed it. It was scary, but kind of thrilling, because with every scene I was like, “I want to do this again!” And then I have to run and run because it can be really scary in a different way.

AVC: A lot of people consider Hollywood movies to be big league because of the budget and the reach of the movies. But what do you see and want five, 10, 15 years in your career? Is this the sandbox you primarily want to play in, or do you envision doing more movies in Europe and even Bulgaria?

MB: I dream about a variety of films that would be very small micro-budget films that would be European, Japanese, New Zealand or American, or more like big big films. I’ve been a fan of Marvel since I was 15 years old, and the chance to see this massive machine and a truly different universe has been phenomenal. I think it’s important for us to have diversity in life for our mental health. And of course I think most of us actors dream of longevity, because that’s what drives you. So you try to play different people, different characters, and approach them all with respect, because there is so much more that you can only experience by living your life. So enjoy it to the fullest and stay dedicated and work hard. I personally dream of jumping from a comical character to someone very cool and private, akin to a bee from Tutar, then maybe from a bee to something hilarious or someone who’s so creepy or, As such, be physically fully trained. I just want to try to fill the shoes of someone I’ve never met before, and get to know these people.

body body body Official Trailer 2 HD | A24

AVC: You mentioned Marvel. What is James Gunn and his experience working with him? Guardians What are people like?

MB: It’s just been incredible, and I feel like the luckiest person to be on that set and meet those people because not only are they great actors, not only are they giving it their all, their imagination all the time. —because you really have to imagine, which brings you back to the beginning of acting—but on top of everything they are incredibly nice people, beautiful humans. You can see it on screen as they pour their hearts out into the movies for the fans. So it’s been incredible. James Gunn is one of my favorite people. I want to work with him for the rest of my life.

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