That 'Borat' babysitter had no idea the film was satire. Now she feels 'betrayed'

By Laura Zornosa, Los Angeles Times on

Published in Entertainment News

Borat had us all fooled, even some of his castmates.

A couple of the fictional Kazakh journalist's victims have stepped forward over the last few days. Perhaps none felt more hoodwinked than Jeanise Jones, the 62-year-old grandmother who played the unwitting "babysitter" in Sacha Baron Cohen's new movie, "Borat Subsequent Moviefilm."

"Yes it was me in the Borat movie," Jones wrote on Facebook. "I was recruited to be in a 'Documentary'. At ABSOLUTELY NO time did I know this was a satirical comedy movie and that I was being 'setup' so to speak."

Jones, a mother of three and grandmother to six, first posted about the "Borat" movie on Facebook Oct. 25, two days after its release. Cohen insisted on getting the film on Amazon Prime Video before the Nov. 3 election, he told the New York Times.

"We wanted it to be a reminder to women of who they're voting for — or who they're not voting for," Cohen said. "If you're a woman and you don't vote against this guy, then know what you're doing for your gender."

Jones' "babysitter" story line portrayed "women's issues" to a T. Or at least she thought they did. In the sequel, which arrived 14 years after the original "Borat" film, the titular character leaves his daughter, Tutar (Maria Bakalova), with Jones. She was told the teenager was being groomed to be Mike Pence's mistress.


Sacha Baron Cohen praised Maria Bakalova, who plays his daughter in "Borat Subsequent Movie Film," for her courage in a creepy scene with Donald Trump's personal attorney Rudy Giuliani.

"I'm feeling like she's from the Third World and that kind of stuff does happen where they sell women," Jones told the New York Post. "I'm thinking this is for real, so I felt kind of betrayed by it."

Bakalova, whom Cohen is pitching for an Oscar nomination, went full method, it seems. The Bulgarian actress, 24, was with Jones at a house the crew was using for more than an hour, she said.

"The people in that house had a goldfish tank and she wanted to eat one. She was good," Jones told Showbiz411. "She said women in her country didn't sit in cars, didn't go to school or have jobs. She was also wearing horse blinders, she said, to keep her focused. I finally convinced her to take those off."


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