How did you study at this time that you just had acquired your Oscar nomination?
The fact was that, from the start, listening to my identify in a dialog alongside individuals like Glenn Shut or Olivia Colman or Amanda Seyfried or Yuh-Jung Youn [her fellow nominees] — that’s already sufficient. I’m past completely happy. I’m like, I don’t need to be grasping or interested by one thing extra as a result of it’s already too massive to be true. I bear in mind once I obtained to set this morning, Judd Apatow requested me, Do you need to have a break through the [announcement] ceremony? Do you need to watch it? Do you need to be alone? Do you need to be round different individuals? I used to be like, No, no, no, please, let’s not speak about this! Let’s simply work! Let’s shoot!
After which what occurred?
We have been capturing a scene with Pedro and me, and Judd got here to me in the midst of the take, and he was coming nearer to me. And I used to be like, What is going on? Is it that unhealthy that he’s not even assured to say it out loud? As a result of he was actually going, like [leans in closely to the camera], and I used to be like, Mm-hmm? “You simply obtained your nomination!” I used to be like what? I misplaced my thoughts in that second.
Did you could have an opportunity to rejoice the information together with your co-stars and colleagues?
Not a celebration, as a result of we have been capturing. I used to be like, Ought to we preserve working? However it was a extremely highly effective second for me and it’s going to stick with me for the remainder of my life, I imagine. As a result of it’s by no means going to be the identical. Even in 50, 60, 70 years, if sometime I get one other nomination for something. That is the largest day of my life, and I used to be round Judd and Pedro, and I noticed of their eyes that they have been actually completely happy for me.
Have you ever spoken with Sacha but?
I haven’t, as a result of I simply obtained house. I actually simply opened the door.
Did you retain observe of Rudy Giuliani’s additional misadventures after the “Borat” sequel was launched?
I nonetheless don’t need to get entangled with the political stuff as a result of I’ve been dwelling in America for lower than two years. I’m probably not politically acquainted, to have positions. I ought to in some unspecified time in the future. I can solely say that I used to be extraordinarily completely happy to see such large celebrations on Nov. 7 [the day most media organizations called President Biden’s victory]. I used to be dwelling in L.A. and I went with my girlfriends within the streets of West Hollywood and it was simply lovely, how many individuals have been celebrating, dancing and singing. They have been united.
I used to be extraordinarily impressed by the speech of Vice President Kamala Harris, the place she mentioned I is likely to be the primary however I’m not going to be the final. For me, as Maria, I additionally need this to be my motto. As a result of as an Japanese European and an individual that has this large recognition proper now, and this platform, I might like to carry extra consideration to my area of the world. These individuals are proficient they usually want these probabilities. There’s going to be one other Maria who would be the subsequent one.