The 19-year-old, who goes by the name Maria on social media, is the daughter of a former spy in the U.S. military — at least, allegedly.
It’s impossible to prove for sure, but Maria’s dad seems to have plenty of secret knowledge about the job, which he’s been sharing in a series of clips on his daughter’s TikTok account. In each video, Maria asks her father a set of questions about his work, his past and, of course, speaking Russian.
Maria’s dad is extremely frank in his answers and, as you might expect, pretty cagey. He never gives away any earth-shattering info about the U.S. government, but he does typically answer anything his daughter asks about the job itself.
For example, he shared that the hardest part of his training was learning to conjugate Russian verbs. He also said that his most dangerous experience on the job involved being followed by the Russian KGB.
Whenever a question gets too invasive, Maria’s dad simply says “that would be classified.” It’s a tactic he had to use often in one particular video, in which his daughter asks him about the “shadiest” thing he ever saw.
“That would be very classified,” he answers.
Maria has filmed 11 Q&A’s with her father so far, several of which have drawn millions of views. TikTokers seem completely obsessed with the “spy dad” and his insights.
“His voice is just like a spy voice,” one user wrote.
“I’m so intrigued,” another added.
“You have the coolest dad!” another wrote.
Several users also questioned how a U.S. spy would be able to share any info with his family at all. That’s a question Maria partly answered in another TikTok, in which she explained that she didn’t know about her dad’s career until she was 16.
“I knew he was in the military,” she explained. “And he always told me, ‘Oh I was a weatherman and a bus driver,’ but he never elaborated off of that.”
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