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The woman portrayed as a вЂњsugar babyвЂќ in вЂњBorat 2вЂќ claims she isnвЂ™t actually a professional gold digger, sheвЂ™s just an actress who thought she was performing in a regular comedy.
Macy Chanel appeared in the new mockumentary as an вЂњInstagram influencerвЂќ who gives advice on acting sexy and landing a rich man to BoratвЂ™s daughter, Tutar, who was played by actress Maria Bakalova.
But Chanel told Page Six she really is pursuing a career as an actress and model and is no online вЂњsugar baby.вЂќ
вЂњI came to Los Angeles a few years ago with stars in my eyes,вЂќ the 24-year-old told Page Six over email. вЂњI have worked hard in a sometimes cruel and ugly industry to build my resume and will continue to work hard so Sacha [Baron] Cohen will not determine how my acting career is defined.вЂќ
Chanel said she was never told exactly what film she would be appearing in, and was вЂњshockedвЂќ when a reporter called and told her she was in вЂњBorat 2,вЂќ which is now streaming on Amazon.
She said she stumbled into the film when she received a вЂњwell-crafted emailвЂќ about a role for вЂњoriginal programmingвЂќ where she was supposed to help a foreigner learn the ropes of dating in the United States.
While filming, Chanel says she quickly understood it was вЂњmore of a comedy.вЂќ
вЂњMaria is an excellent actress, but at no point did I believe her character was authentic,вЂќ she said of Bakalova, adding that she вЂњimprovisedвЂќ and вЂњplayed the partвЂќ she was cast to play.
In ChanelвЂ™s scene, she gives advice to Tutar, who is going to be offered to Vice President Mike Pence as a gift from Borat, played by Cohen.
The California woman said she got a laugh out of the scene, even the part where she acts shocked when Tutar opens a beer bottle with her privates.
вЂњAfter learning about being in вЂBorat 2,вЂ™ I knew instantly they were going to take the most absurd scenes that had been recorded and without a doubt the вЂbottle incident.вЂ™ So I was extremely curious to see what scenes they grabbed to get the viewership from the audience raving reviews.вЂќ
The Texas native says that during her time acting, she has learned the hard way that Hollywood isnвЂ™t as glamorous as it seems.
вЂњI would like to act for a few more years while I expand into other fields that are not filled with Hollywood types who make a living from exploiting people attempting to get in the industry,вЂќ she said, adding, вЂњItвЂ™s a cut throat industry.вЂќ
And despite being portrayed as a вЂњsugar babyвЂќ in CohenвЂ™s latest film, Chanel says she does not depend on anyone for money. She has been financially independent since her mom was tragically killed in an auto accident five years ago.
вЂњDue to her life insurance, I am 100% financially independent while I have attempted to build my modeling, acting, and product sponsorship career,вЂќ Cohen said.
She said her momвЂ™s death was вЂњone of the most difficult moments of my life.вЂќ
вЂњShe was my best friend and a woman I admired for all of her extraordinary qualities,вЂќ she said. вЂњShe was more than loved by many. The charismatic charm made it hard not to.вЂќ
And looking back on the Borat experience, she says it was вЂњoverall hilarious.вЂќ
вЂњThe staff was great, and not only did I have a troublesome time not laughing but they did too,вЂќ she said, noting that it was especially difficult not to break character when Bakalova used her вЂњsmall holeвЂќ to open a beer bottle. вЂњI knew that Tutar was in character the entire time. My role was to вЂjust go with it.’вЂќ
As for the ins and outs of how to land a rich old man, Chanel told us, вЂњI have no personal insight into how the sugar baby thing works.вЂќ
However, after our interview, Page Six confirmed that Chanel was a member of Seeking.com and appeared in several promotional videos with a sugar daddy named Randy for the вЂњofficial sugar daddy site.вЂќ
A spokesperson for Seeking.com told Page Six, вЂњWe cast [Chanel] through the site. She was definitely a member in the pastвЂ¦We began working with her in Spring 2019.вЂќ
Chanel, however, doubled down on not being a sugar baby.
вЂњI have clearly made some very poor choices in attempting to become an actor, but I am not a sugar baby,вЂќ she told us, adding that after вЂњBorat 2вЂќ came out, she received several sugar baby inquiries but, вЂњ[has] not and would not respond to anyone under any circumstances nor have I received money from men.вЂќ
вЂњBorat Subsequent MoviefilmвЂќ is now streaming on Amazon.