• Tue, Apr 13 2010

‘Social Network’ Star Rooney Mara Is Facebook-Phobic

Are you a Facebook holdout, or one of those people who barely checks their profile? Do those people even exist?

Yes, they do, and actress Rooney Mara is one of them. Which is all the more surprising given her role as the ex-girlfriend of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg (played by Jesse Eisenberg) in the upcoming film The Social Network, based on Ben Mezrich’s book The Accidental Billionaires: The Founding of Facebook, a Tale of Sex, Money, Genius and Betrayal.

“I have a Facebook page but I haven’t looked at it in a while, and I actually don’t  even really know how to use it,” Rooney tells Crushable. “Someone did it for me.”

Rooney, younger sister to actress Kate Mara, plays Mark’s ex Erica in The Social Network, slated for release Oct. 15. In preparation for the part, she did not reach out to the real-life Erica, who — according to Facebook lore — inspired Mark to sprout the site after she dumped him while they were students at Harvard. But she’s got a feeling Erica does not look back with regret, despite Mark’s mega-rich, mega-powerful status. “She wasn’t getting what she needed from him, so money doesn’t change that,” she says. “I wouldn’t regret it.”

Rooney walked the red carpet Monday night at the Gen Art Film Festival presentation of her new film Tanner Hall, a coming-of-age drama centered about four teen girls at a New England boarding school. Tom Everett Scott and Chris Kattan co-star, and Tatiana Von Furstenberg DVF’s daughter — directs.

Rooney, who will next be seen running from Freddy Krueger (Jackie Earle Haley) in the update of A Nightmare On Elm Street (due out April 30), says she was not initially on board to do Tanner Hall – namely, because she “really hated” her character, Fernanda, but filmmakers convinced her to accept. Maybe that’s because there were similarities herself and her movie alter ego, Rooney wonders.

“(Fernanda and I) sort of hold back and we’re very, like, restrained maybe and controlled,” she says. “The other girls are much more wild and carefree. And I think that Fernanda’s a little bit more restrained and she wants not be a good girl but she also wants to do what she’s at school to do and not get in trouble — have fun but also, you know, be poised.”

Was Rooney able to maintain her poise on the set of A Nightmare On Elm Street? Not when she was being chased.

“I have an older brother and anytime anyone chases me I get into the fetal position! I don’t run. That’s my reaction, and it’s  a terrible reaction. So anytime (they said), ‘Ready, set, action,’ and I was being chased by Freddy, I was always so scared.”

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