Natalie Portman spilled Harvard secrets for 'Social Network'
October 1st, 2010
12:07 PM ET

Natalie Portman spilled Harvard secrets for 'Social Network'

Natalie Portman may not appear on screen in "The Social Network," but the actress still plays a crucial role in the film.

Screenwriter Aaron Sorkin says Portman, a Harvard grad, helped him out by spilling secrets about the school's private clubs, which served as inspiration for Facebook creator Mark Zuckerberg (played in the movie by Jesse Eisenberg).

According to Entertainment Weekly, the clubs are made up of privileged students and are so private that Sorkin had trouble researching them. But 29-year-old Portman, who attended Harvard from 1999 to 2003 and dated a member of the exclusive Porcellian Club, was happy to reveal all.

"Natalie Portman got in touch with me when she heard that I was doing this to say, ‘Listen…come over for dinner and I’ll tell you some stories,’” Sorkin, 49, says.

Her invitation earned a definitive "Like." Says Sorkin, “I would’ve come over for dinner under any circumstances. But that was really helpful."

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  4. Butterfly

    Natalie is sooo pretty. ( How pretty is she). She is so pretty that she turns me on and I'm her FATHER.

    December 5, 2010 at 4:59 am | Report abuse |
  5. timesare

    Loved that movie

    Watch Online movies free

    October 10, 2010 at 7:53 pm | Report abuse |
  6. chris

    The movie was "closer"

    October 1, 2010 at 7:28 pm | Report abuse |
  7. good actress

    It's nice to know that she's not only a good actress, but she has some brains between her ears :) I thought her best performance was the film with Julia Roberts, Jude Law and Clive whats-his-name LOL.....can't think of the film's name either.......man, don't get old, the memory goes first :) Anyway, her performance was the best in that film.

    October 1, 2010 at 5:45 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Quigly Thurwell

    She supposedly "dated" Skip Osgood, but that is a bunch of baloney. Skip, Biff, Chauncey and myself spent almost all our time at the club, and I never saw her once. Also, she couldn't even get in to Dunster-Mather (which isn't saying much). The nouveau riche simply have no status at all in the clubs, so I highly doubt any "secrets" were revealed.

    October 1, 2010 at 5:29 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Chris

    Natalie, Will you marry me? Yeah, I know people. Highly unrealistic. It's worth a shot, though. :-)

    October 1, 2010 at 5:28 pm | Report abuse |
  10. chris

    And natalie's nude scene was in the beginning of "the darjeeling limited".

    October 1, 2010 at 5:19 pm | Report abuse |
  11. chris

    People, its a very good movie, for real, you could hate facebook and every other social network out there and you will still leave the theater going "wow, very good movie, that movie just flew by!".

    October 1, 2010 at 5:13 pm | Report abuse |
  12. hillyx

    :-DAa

    October 1, 2010 at 5:06 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Mark S. Alexander

    Anyone know where there's a public restroom for this Homeless to use, – without having my Dignity being tried to be taken away, – I gotta GG Dump! – D.D./M.S.A.

    October 1, 2010 at 4:39 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Shyla

    She supported Roman Polanski, she can rot. Also, I'm sure her alma mater appreciates her spilling their secrets that have been protected for a century. What a low-life.

    October 1, 2010 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
  15. b=dog

    These CNN language filters are killing me!

    October 1, 2010 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bdog is right

      Natalie Portman supported Roman Polanski and wanted him free.... That just shows me what a dumb B word she is.

      And she's really not that great of an actress. Back when she was on Broadway playing Anne Frank my sister decided she was going to catch the play while she was visiting NY. My sister told me that her acting was SO BAD, that during one of the scenes where the Nazi's are looking for her someone in the audience screamed out "SHE'S IN THE ATTIC!!! GET IT OVER WITH ALREADY!" and the entire place broke out in laughter.

      October 1, 2010 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse |
  16. adw

    i think she's got talent and i love to hear that an actor/actress has an actual education.

    October 1, 2010 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
  17. chunk

    @chuck – she's done a nude scene, and I thank the lord for it.

    October 1, 2010 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse |
  18. marco717

    Hollywood is filled with Jew's that know another Jew, that can get you into his Jew friend's movie, and make it based on a whale turd who made a social site similar to myspace. How original. Let's all go to the movies and feed into this crap. Thanks to a bunch of mentally unstable women, the best selling book(according to the them) is US weekly, and it suggest we all watch this sh-. The US: land of the obese, sheep, and greedy.

    October 1, 2010 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |
  19. al young,jr.

    Ah, the jealous people of natalie portman! You can suck my
    _ _ _ _!

    October 1, 2010 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
  20. Tony

    Clearly she's doing this to be on the good side of Sorkin so she can get on a future script written by him. Nothing wrong with that but just saying...

    October 1, 2010 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
  21. chris

    In case anyone really cares; its a very good film. Totally engrossing, it flew by. Mark z was not over privileged, he relied on others for the capital to start facebook. He did screw people over and burned bridged though. The guy is a dick, and that dick is portrayed wonderfully by jesse eisenburg. Highly recommended

    October 1, 2010 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
  22. patti

    I think she is ok and what about the secrets?

    October 1, 2010 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
  23. Aaron

    Of course Natalie Portman dated someone in the Porcellian Club. . . .

    October 1, 2010 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse |
  24. poison ivy

    She betrayed the trust of the club.......as punishment she should be banned forever..........but first she should blow all the members

    October 1, 2010 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
  25. craig

    Bp, the only subjunctive you've ever had is out of a can

    October 1, 2010 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |
  26. Tom, Long Beach, California

    let's ee...we are already suffering from DDD(Device Deficit Disorder) in America and now we are making movies about those obsessions.......I'll PASS

    October 1, 2010 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
  27. craig

    Jillybean, I really think you are in need of some Havard Club

    October 1, 2010 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
  28. hilarious

    I love how emotional people get on here. Gives me a good laugh on a Friday afternoon. Thanks guys!

    October 1, 2010 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
  29. sequoia

    Natalie Portman is the most gifted and beautiful actress of her generation!

    October 1, 2010 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
  30. deuce

    Natalie Portman needs to be punished for this, and by punished, I mean she should copulate with me.

    October 1, 2010 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
  31. dr britt

    i love illiterates, and "nat"

    October 1, 2010 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
  32. craig

    I think all 35 year old jew hating illiterates should be banned from this forum

    October 1, 2010 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
  33. Blondet

    I'd like to hear or read what the secrets are.

    October 1, 2010 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
  34. YoMamama

    She sucks......me!! haha

    October 1, 2010 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
  35. craig

    I'd be fine if Natalie wanted to Sorkin or Zuckerberg my Harvard club

    October 1, 2010 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
  36. Jane

    @ Andrea

    "at over-thirty-five types?" Are you serious? Do you think agist slurs are really appropriate for someone who seems to be claiming prejudice against her own age group? You are clumping all people over the age of 35 together and
    "betting" on what we ALL think? Grow up, little girl and start thinking. Individual comments come from individuals. By attacking someone based on their age, you are discriminating just as if you did so based on race, gender, nationality, etc.

    October 1, 2010 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
  37. Haman

    There is something very creepy about Natalie Portman...

    October 1, 2010 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
  38. Ga Peach

    So, she is gorgeous, talented, and a Harvard grad! A lot of men will be intimidated by this...but who would want a wimp!

    October 1, 2010 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
  39. jrut

    Aaron Sorkin, you are my hero. Sports Night and The West Wing are amazing.

    October 1, 2010 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
  40. tyoeur

    I was in these clubs. There's nothing really unique about them other than the secrecy. Our club we didn't wear boxers and had slap each other in the face instead of shaking hands, but other than that it was pretty normal. We used to hang out with Nat, which is what we called her and she always hanging around. She didn't really date a Precillian guy since most of them were not hetero and you had to have a diagnosed mental illness to be accepted.

    October 1, 2010 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • dr feelgud

      haha,,,yeah me and "NAT" used to hang out on my club dropping it like it was hot.

      October 1, 2010 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
  41. MrKong

    People are allowed to comment here. This isn't North Korea.

    October 1, 2010 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
  42. MrKong

    Sorry Jackson I make my own wealth. I don't need to watch someone else make theirs. All people care about is money and to be honest the concept of his rise to wealth bores me. You don't know me or my tastes, yet you pretend to have some infinite knowledge.

    October 1, 2010 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
  43. Raving Lunatic

    I still can't believe she was in those horrible Star Wars movies. She always seemed more intelligent than that. Still, she is cute. That almost makes up for it.

    October 1, 2010 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
  44. K-Fed

    I'd let her get close to my secret club.

    October 1, 2010 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
  45. MrKong

    I like FB, but I think its a dumb idea for a movie. Who cares enough about a website based movie? @Tony there are many ethnic based university organizations. I guess it's just the white ones that bother you though. Start your own privileged minority group if it bugs you that much. Way to inject race in a story that has nothing to do with race.

    October 1, 2010 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jackson

      You think this is nothing more than a "website based movie"? Shows how little reading you have done on this subject, and how little you know about this subject.

      The creator of facebook is the youngest billionaire ever. Do you think the story of how someone in their early 20's can suddenly become a billionaire isn't a good subject for a movie?

      Oh, let me guess, since nothing gets blown up or shot at, it isn't a good movie for you, am I right?

      October 1, 2010 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Andrea

      Whatever, this sounds like a great classic story about an overprivileged jerk who burns a ton of bridges in the pursuit of money and fame. I bet all you 35+ types with chips on your shoulders about these darned kids with their darned internets these days would be flocking to see this if it didn't center on the founder of Facebook. Also, like it or not, Facebook has changed the landscape of social media. You can't call it a fad anymore.

      October 1, 2010 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Debbie

      So you've already seen the movie? Otherwise, don't comment.

      October 1, 2010 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • @Andrea

      Please don't generalize all people 35+ as being internet and social media ignorant. I happen to work in web/IT and I know a lot about that "darned internets"...

      October 1, 2010 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • nathalie

      This movie looks beyond lame, it's a dumb concept & the only reason it'll make any money is because there's nothing else coming out this week.

      October 1, 2010 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Erik...

      I judge movies before I ever see them...blah blah blah waa waa waa....Please shut up.

      October 1, 2010 at 5:09 pm | Report abuse |
  46. steeve-o

    Did she get a nose job? Jesus what happened to her, she used to be so cute.

    October 1, 2010 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
  47. fredflintstone

    Natalie Portman sucks! She looks like someone ran over her face and then backed up. She can't act so she should really try to put to use that degree she got

    October 1, 2010 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
  48. Tony

    Why in the world are there still these types of clubs that probably has as their first criteria White Male.
    Harvard sucks!!!

    October 1, 2010 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
  49. britney08

    I'll guess Natalie Portman's off the invite list at those exclusive Harvard clubs. I think she'll be ok.

    October 1, 2010 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
  50. MeIAm

    Josie, if you think 48 or 49 is old, you must be a 10-year old brat. Ewwwww

    October 1, 2010 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ben

      Because you find a lot of 10 year olds on CNN. That makes sense.

      October 1, 2010 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • VT Citizen

      Talk to a lot of 10 year-olds on the Internet do you?

      October 1, 2010 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • jainTN

      VT Citizen, that's not what she said. Where in that post does she mention talking to 10 year olds on the internet? You're pretty disgusting, but I'm sure you hear that all the time.

      October 1, 2010 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
  51. Josie

    Ew. Aaron Sorkin is a creepy old man. So gross.

    October 1, 2010 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lydia

      Couldn't agree more but so is Natalie.

      October 1, 2010 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      You obviously have never actually met a creepy old man. Watch family guy sometime. You'll see Chris's stalker is the pure definition of one.

      October 1, 2010 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
  52. Paul

    This girl lost a lot of my respect years ago. Another of those Hollywood tramps, although she is a bit of a Hollywood tramp "lite", i.e., she's not the worst.

    October 1, 2010 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • JohnRJ08

      Some people have to slur others in order to elevate themselves. You don't know Portman, yet you judge her. Fortunately for her, earning your respect is probably not high on her 'things-to-do' list.

      October 1, 2010 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bob

      It's obvious that you're very much interested in Partman's life just by commenting. It's also obvious that you're a sorry ass.

      October 1, 2010 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • TERRI

      SHE'S NO TRAMP! SHE'S A VERY MULTI-TALENTED INDIVIDUAL. AT LEAST SHE HAS A COLLEGE DEGREE!!!

      October 1, 2010 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • jillybean

      Wow you sound pathetic and clearly hate women.

      October 1, 2010 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • arshavin

      @JohnRJ08
      Uh, what you are complaining about the poster writing is exactly what Natalie did to the rest of the P. Club. Hypocrite.

      October 1, 2010 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • jainTN

      Oh my. A beautiful, talented, Harvard educated, wealthy young woman lost some of your respect. However will she go on? You're a turd.

      October 1, 2010 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      Judgmental.

      October 1, 2010 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chuck

      @Paul: Portman a Hollywood tramp? You clearly just hate women. Portman's entire career has been one of class, integrity and hard work. She's never done a nude scene, never acted out in public, has never had problems with drugs, never been arrested, isn't part of the Hollywood party scene, and is quite well respected around the world. You're either mistaking her for Lohan, or you just hate women. That's about all there is to it.

      Anyone agree?

      October 1, 2010 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • chunk

      Chuck – she's done a nude scene. google it. you're welcome.

      October 1, 2010 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • sheppard

      When it comes to self-righteous crude judgmental morons... you ARE the worse. I'm sure Natalie would just be crushed to hear you 'have lost respect' for her.

      October 1, 2010 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • paul senior

      she went to Harvard and graduated.. what have you done with your life?

      October 1, 2010 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
  53. Dave

    If Natalie Portman invited me for dinner........I would definitely offer to do the dishes.....

    October 1, 2010 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
  54. The Son

    Oh Em Gee. Natalie is my dream girl.

    October 1, 2010 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • smbitterman

      Jim...and your point is, you anti-Semetic schmuck! She's hot, intelligent, and can actually act (unlike a lot of other "actresses" who are get by purely on their looks (can anyone say Megan Fox?).

      October 1, 2010 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • B-Dog

      Hey there.... who ya talkin to?

      October 1, 2010 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |
  55. HRM573

    Nice play.

    October 1, 2010 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |

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