October 1st, 2010
12:07 PM ET
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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