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The Social Network

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.

    Production Info

  • Inspiration for Erica’s style was drawn from Ali MacGraw’s character in Love Story.
  • Mark Zuckerberg originally planned never to see this movie. He ended up taking several of his employees to see it. He later remarked that, despite some of the film’s inaccuracies, they got his clothing right.
  • Jesse Eisenberg, who is diagnosed with obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), said in an interview that one of the hardest things about the role was having to deliberately speak and behave in a manner he had struggled against in his own personality his entire life.
  • Natalie Portman revealed during Newsweek’s 2011 Oscar Roundtable that she hosted a dinner party for writer Aaron Sorkin, while he was writing the script for the movie, to which she invited a bunch of her friends from Harvard. She wanted to give him the chance to listen to first-hand stories about the social life at Harvard University.
  • Andrew Garfield came into rehearsal with a copy of Economics for Dummies. Inspired by that move, Jesse Eisenberg bought C++ for Dummies. According to Eisenberg, both he and Garfield read the introductions of their books and then put them down.
  • The Winklevoss twins were both played by actor Armie Hammer. However, Ralph Lauren model Josh Pence played one of them strictly from the neck down. His face was digitally replaced with Hammer’s to make them appear identical, as the two men are unrelated and look nothing alike. The two spent 10 months in twin boot camp to match one another’s subtle movements and rapport.
  • David Fincher’s favorite line in the film is, “I’m just checking your math on that. Yes, I got the same thing.”
  • Character Quotes

  • Sometimes you say two things at once and I’m not sure which one I’m supposed to be aiming at.
  • You’re obsessed with finals clubs. You have finals clubs OCD and you need to see someone about it who’ll prescribe you some sort of medication. You don’t care if the side effects may include blindness.
  • Dating you is like dating a stairmaster.
  • I am sorry you’re not sufficiently impressed with my education.
  • You are probably going to be a very successful computer person. But you’re going to go through life thinking that girls don’t like you because you’re a nerd. And I want you to know, from the bottom of my heart, that that won’t be true. It’ll be because you’re an asshole.
  • You write your snide bullshit from a dark room because that’s what the angry do nowadays. I was nice to you. Don’t
    torture me for it.
  • Mark: Did you know there are more people with genius IQ’s living in China than there are people of any kind living in the United States?
    Erica: That can’t possibly be true.
    Mark: It is.
    Erica: What would account for that?
  • Mark: How do you distinguish yourself in a population of people who all got 1600 on their SAT’s?
    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.
  • Erica: Should we get something to eat?
    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.
  • Mark: I want to try to be straight forward with you and tell you that I think you might want to be a little more supportive. If I get in, I’ll be taking you to the events and the gatherings, and you’ll be meeting a lot of people you wouldn’t normally get to meet.
    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?
  • Erica: I think we should just be friends.
    Mark: I don’t want friends.
    Erica: I was being polite, I have no intention of being friends with you.
  • Erica: You called me a bitch on the internet, Mark.
    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.

    Critical Response

    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