Borat star Maria Bakalova on joining Guardians of the Galaxy and sharing scenes with Pete Davidson: ‘He’s an incredible actor’

SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA - JULY 23: (L-R) James Gunn, Chris Pratt, Karen Gillan, Pom Klementieff, Sean Gunn, Will Poulter and Maria Bakalova speak onstage at the Marvel Cinematic Universe Mega-Panel during International Comic-Con Day 2022 3 at the San Diego Convention Center on July 23, 2022 in San Diego, California.  (Photo by Daniel Knighton/Getty Images)

Guardians of the Galaxy James Gunn, Chris Pratt, Karen Gillan, Pom Klementieff, Sean Gunn, Will Poulter and Maria Bakalova star at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con (Photo: Daniel Knighton/Getty Images)

Talk about your experiences of this world. At this year’s San Diego Comic-Con, he went above and beyond Borat Star Maria Bakalova makes her official Marvel Cinematic Universe debut alongside director James Gunn and his cast Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 on stage in Hall H as they unveiled the first trailer for the trilogy’s space adventure. “The reason I became a fan of the MCU is because Guardians of the Galaxy,” the Oscar-nominated Bulgarian actress gushes to Yahoo Entertainment a week after storming the Comic-Con stage. “It has humor, it has heart and it has moments where you can actually cry. To be able to participate in the latest installment of his franchise was the greatest gift.”

Bakalova’s exact role in the film has been a secret she has kept ever since GOTG went into production in late 2021. But finally the truth can be told: he’s the voice of Cosmo the Spacedog, a Soviet-era space dog that’s been bouncing around the galaxy since the 60s (and was briefly spotted in the first Guardians film). Bakalova joins an ever-evolving menagerie of digitally generated space creatures that includes a duck named Howard (voiced by Seth Green), a tree named Groot (Vin Diesel) and, of course, a raccoon named Rocket (Bradley Cooper). .

Cooper and Diesel are not on set as the Guardians films are made, generally recording their lines after the fact. (Instead, Gunn’s brother Sean acts as the on-set stand-in for Rocket, in addition to his recurring role as Ravager-turned-Guardian Kraglin.) But Bakalova reveals she couldn’t pass up the opportunity to spend some quality IRL time with the flesh and blood cast of the film. “I couldn’t resist not putting in,” he says. “I was a fan of the universe and wanted to see how it worked.”

The humor and heart that Bakalova adores Guardians The series was definitely on display in the first trailer Gunn showed to the SDCC crowd. Due to the unfinished special effects, it has yet to premiere online, but star Chris Pratt promised that it will still give fans the full scoop when it finally drops. “Don’t do any emotional preparation, just go see it and you’ll see why people were moved,” the actor said in interviews following the prestigious Marvel Studios panel.

Watching Gunn work on set gave Bakalova special insight into why Guardians Movies have such an influence on audiences. “They are one of those people who know how to create a family, not just a team,” he explains. “The movie people share the same love as the audience. At the end of the day, we make these movies to make the people who watch them feel something. It was exciting to be able to see what was behind the curtain.”

Of course, Bakalova refuses to say too much about Cosmo’s role in the events of the big one Guardians finale, lest he end up in the Collector’s treasure trove of galactic artifacts. But he calls the experience of voicing the lost space dog an “interesting” acting challenge. “Sometimes I forget that imagination exists and the Marvel movies help us remember that because it’s all about your imagination. I’m lucky to play this beautiful character who will share the unconditional love that others do.”

Bakalova found a different family on the set of the new horror film, Bodies Bodies Bodiesthe latest buzzy genre film from A24 — the studio behind cult favorites like Midsommar and Men. Directed by Halina Reijn, the film stars Bakalova and Amandla Stenberg as Bee and Sophie, a young couple who arrive to hang out with Sophie’s rich friends at a remote country mansion. With a hurricane approaching, the friends decide to pass the time with an after-dark party game that takes a deadly turn. As the body count rises and suspicion grows, Bee finds herself on the outs with both her girlfriend and the other freaked-out, modified Gen Zers trying to stay alive.

While Bodies Bodies Bodies is filled with scenes where things go dark (including, of course, corpses) screenwriter Sarah DeLappe’s script has a distinctly satirical edge that often pokes fun at its young characters. There’s one scene in particular where Sophie’s friends—whose ranks include rising stars like Chase Sui Wonders, Rachel Sennott, and Myha’la Herrold—turn on each other in spectacular fashion, wryly complaining about being “fired” and they’re making fun of a podcast that was a passion project for one of them.

“I’m closing myself off and my generation,” Bakalova affirms, while also noting that, at 26, she technically falls into the gap between millennials and Generation Z. “The moment we take ourselves too seriously, we can get in trouble because things really aren’t that serious! At the same time, Bee is not the kind of character who brings the jokes. She’s the down-to-earth one who’s like a mirror for all these people because she has the most objective perception of them.”

Amandla Stenberg and Maria Bakalova star in Bodies Bodies Bodies (Photo: Eric Chakeen/A24)

Starring Amandla Stenberg and Bakalova Bodies Bodies Bodies. (Photo: Eric Chakeen/A24)

The Bodies Bodies Bodies The cast also includes exSaturday night live stars Pete Davidson as David, whose parents own the house where horror movies crash. “He’s an incredible actor and one of the nicest people in the universe,” Bakalova says of Davidson, singling out his “discipline” as one of the keys to his success as an actor.

“He’s really listening to what you’re saying, and it’s not just ‘I’m going to say my line,'” he explains. “He listens to your line and then responds with the beat. And he completely went from one of the sweetest people to one of the biggest douchebags! I would look at him and think, ‘How does he do it?'” I’m a fan of his work and him as a person , so I’m looking forward to what he does next, because it’s going to be great.”

Never Bodies Bodies Bodies shot in May 2021, Davidson had yet to begin his romance with Kim Kardashian, whom he met in October when he hosted SNL. Asked if it’s a surprise to see him now as one half of a high-profile couple, Bakalova has nothing but good wishes for his future. “As long as he continues to make the beautiful art that he does, the rest is none of my business. I just want him to be happy, because he deserves to be happy.”

Amandla Stenberg, Maria Bakalova, Pete Davidson and Rachel Sennott in Bodies Bodies Bodies (Photo: Erik Chakeen/A24)

Amandla Stenberg, Maria Bakalova, Pete Davidson and Rachel Sennott in Bodies Bodies Bodies (Photo: Erik Chakeen/A24)

With Bodies Bodies Bodies in the theaters and Guardians of the Galaxy on deck for a May 2023 release, Bakalova is more than happy to point out that her life and career are two years removed from her major film debut in Sacha Baron Cohen Borat follow. The actress was front and center in that film’s most infamous scene, where she sat down with former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani for an on-camera meeting that went to a disturbing place.

“Films like this show people’s true colors,” Bakalova said The New York Times in the wake of the film’s release, adding that her “heart was pounding” when she filmed her dramatic encounter with Giuliani while playing Boart’s daughter Tutar. “I was kind of afraid that something would happen. But luckily we escaped.”

Bakalova and Sacha Baron Cohen in the controversial Borat sequel.  (Photo: Amazon/Courtesy Everett Collection)

Bakalova and Sacha Baron Cohen in the controversial Borat sequel. (Photo: Amazon/Courtesy Everett Collection)

Reflecting on her Borat 2 Bakalova says she would “definitely” do the film again, even knowing the dangerous conditions Cohen’s secret stunts would put her in. I deeply admire his work, because it is like a social experiment that shows us how we can become better people.”

Cohen said that Borat has been permanently retired in the wake of the sequel, citing safety concerns as the reason for this decision. But Bakalova does not rule out a second adventure as Tutar. “I love my character and I can’t wait to see what happens to her in the future,” she teases. “Will we see it someday? I don’t know — it’s not under my control. But will I be excited to go back there? Absolutely. It’s a unique experience.”

Bodies Bodies Bodies opens August 5 in theaters.

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