Jeanise Jones Wiki – Jeanise Jones Biography
Jeanise Jones is the Oklahoma grandmother who attracted overnight fame for her appearance as the babysitter in Sacha Baron Cohen’s new Borat movie, which premiered on Amazon Prime on October 23.
According to Jones’ pastor, Jones was recruited from the church to participate in a documentary. Jones was not informed it was all satire and that the teenage girl named “Tutar” was actually 24-year-old actress Maria Bakalova. Jones told the New York Post she learned it had been a ruse when the movie trailer was released and that she felt “betrayed” because she had been genuinely concerned for Tutar’s well-being.
Her age is unknown.
Jeanise Jones Raise Thousands on GoFundMe
Jones received a small sum for her role in Borat. But her pastor felt Jones deserved more for being the “moral compass” of the movie and has launched a GoFundMe campaign on her behalf. As of this writing, the campaign has raised more than $50,000.
Jones says she genuinely believed she was mentoring a young girl who was facing dire circumstances. She had never seen the original Borat movie and was not aware Cohen and Bakalova were actors, The Oklahoman reported.
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Jones explained to the New York Post she was led to believe that “Tutar’s” father planned to marry his daughter to a wealthy, older man. “I’m feeling like she’s from the Third World and that kind of stuff does happen where they sell women.”
Jones was brought on as a voice of reason who could educate “Tutar” about her rights. Jones told the Post, “They told me it was a documentary for this young lady to understand she has rights and she can do whatever a man can do.”
She Lost Her Job
Jones told the New York Post that movie producers paid her about $3,600 for her part in the movie. The scenes with “Tutar” were filmed in Oklahoma. Production later flew Jones to Washington to shoot a subsequent scene with Cohen, which airs toward the end of the movie.
Jones’ pastor shared on the GoFundMe page that Jones lost her job due to the coronavirus pandemic. According to her LinkedIn profile, Jones previously worked as a claims auditor for the Reserve National Insurance Company. The Oklahoman added that Jones was in the insurance industry for more than three decades but was “working as a receptionist at a metro counseling center” before the pandemic.
According to Scobey, Jones has three children and six grandchildren. A search of online property records suggests Jones has been living in Oklahoma City since at least the late 1980s.