You don’t get to 500 million friends without making a few enemies.
Rooney as: Erica Albright
Genre(s): Biography | Drama
Written by: Aaron Sorkin
Directed by: David Fincher
Other Cast: Jesse Eisenberg, Andrew Garfield, Justin Timberlake, Armie Hammer
Release Date: October 1, 2010
Production Budget: $40m
Total Worldwide Gross: $224.9m
Filming Locations: Cambridge, Massachusetts and Los Angeles, California
In 2003, Harvard undergrad and computer genius Mark Zuckerberg (Jesse Eisenberg) begins work on a new concept that eventually turns into the global social network known as Facebook. Six years later, he is one of the youngest billionaires ever, but he finds that his unprecedented success leads to both personal and legal complications.
torture me for it.
Erica: That can’t possibly be true.
Mark: It is.
Erica: What would account for that?
Erica: I didn’t know they take SAT’s in China.
Mark: They don’t. I wasn’t talking about China anymore, I was talking about me.
Erica: You got a 1600?
Mark: Yes. I could sing in an acapella group, but I can’t sing.
Erica: Does that mean you actually got nothing wrong?
Mark: I could row crew or invent a $25 PC.
Erica: Or you could get into a final club.
Mark: Or I can get into a final club.
Erica: You know, from a woman’s perspective, sometimes not singing in an acapella group is a good thing?
Mark: This is serious.
Erica: On the other hand I do like guys who row crew.
Mark: Would you like to talk about something else?
Erica: No, it’s just since the beginning of the conversation about finals club I think I may have missed a birthday.
Erica: [Smiling] You would do that for me?
Mark: We’re dating.
Erica: Okay, well I want to try and be straight forward with you and let you know that we’re not anymore.
Mark: What do you mean?
Erica: We’re not dating anymore, I’m sorry.
Mark: Is this a joke?
Erica: No, it’s not.
Mark: You’re breaking up with me?
Erica: You’re going to introduce me to people I wouldn’t normally have the chance to meet? What the… What is that supposed to mean?
Mark: I don’t want friends.
Erica: I was being polite, I have no intention of being friends with you.
Mark: That’s why I wanted to talk to you. If we could just–
Erica: On the internet.
Mark: That’s why I came over.
Erica: Comparing women to farm animals.
Mark: I didn’t end up doing that.
Erica: It didn’t stop you from writing it. As if every thought that tumbles through your head was so clever it would be a crime for it not to be shared. The internet’s not written in pencil, Mark, it’s written in ink, and you published that Erica Albright was a bitch, right before you made some ignorant crack about my family’s name, my bra size, and then rated women based on their “hotness”.
Quoting: Cast and Crew
Co-star Jesse Eisenberg: She’s incredible, and she’s very difficult to impress — and I spent a few days trying to! That’s part of what made her perfect for Erica, as well. She’s sitting with the smartest guy in the world and she doesn’t appreciate what’s sitting across from her.
Peter Travers, Rolling Stone: In the film’s wow of an opener, set in 2003, Sorkin speculatively places Mark at a campus bar, where he is driving his girlfriend nuts by avoiding eye contact, juggling a dozen topics at once and ignoring her reaction to virtually everything. She is Erica, and as played like a gathering storm by Rooney Mara, winner of the coveted title role in Fincher’s The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, she is steaming.
Stephanie Zacharek, Movieline: The Social Network opens in 2003, as Jesse Eisenberg’s Zuckerberg sits in a noisy Boston-area club with his girlfriend, Erica (Rooney Mara, who’s terrific, and terrifically pointed, in her two brief scenes).
Awards and Nominations
Below is a list of all accolades Rooney has received for her role in the film.
NOMINATED: Central Ohio Film Critics Association – Best Ensemble
NOMINATED: Gold Derby Awards – Ensemble Cast
NOMINATED: San Diego Film Critics Society Awards – Best Ensemble Performance
NOMINATED: Washington DC Area Film Critics Association Awards – Best Acting Ensemble
WON: Hollywood Film Awards – Ensemble of the Year
WON: Palm Springs International Film Festival – Ensemble Cast Award
WON: Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards – Best Ensemble Acting