Reunited with Andrew Garfield for an interview with Vanity Fair, actress Dakota Johnson returned to their meeting during the filming of “The Social Network”. A shoot during which she also met Jesse Eisenberg. If she remembers the kindness of Andrew Garfield, she also remembers a certain attitude of the interpreter of Mark Zuckerberg…
The Social Network : the great success of 2010
In 2010, David Fincher created the event with one of his best films: The Social Network. An ambitious film that told the creation of the Facebook social network by Mark Zuckerberg and his associates, and especially the disputes and legal entanglements that followed between them. To tell this story, the director of Seven and of fight club puts all his staging genius to work and above all directs a cast of brilliant young talents. Around Jesse Eisenberg, we find in particular Andrew Garfield, Justin Timberlake, Armie Hammer and Dakota Johnson, of which it is for her the first role in the cinema – except for its appearance in The Head in the Hatbox released in 1999.
The Social Network propels the members of its male cast to the rank of stars. He even offers a Golden Globe, BAFTA and Best Actor Oscar nomination for Jesse Eisenberg. Great film of the 21st century, of exemplary insight and mastery, The Social Network is therefore for most of its participants an excellent memory. But for Dakota Johnson, who at the time was neither the star of the saga Fifty Shades of grey, nor become the formidable auteur cinema muse recently revealed in The Lost Daughter – she was then “only” the daughter of Mélanie Griffith and Don Johnson -, this good memory has something nuanced about Jesse Eisenberg.
Dakota Johnson: ‘Jesse ignored me’
It’s in an interview given with Andrew Garfield at Vanity Fair than the 32-year-old actress recalled their meeting on the David Fincher film, and time spent with the rest of the cast. In The Social Network, it has a very limited role. Indeed his character has only a few minutes of dialogue with Sean Parker (Justin Timberlake). But she says she was nevertheless present on the set for several days and shared lunch with Andrew Garfield and Jesse Eisenberg. A lunch where the latter simply ignored her.
You and Jesse were very busy for this movie, and I was only there for a few seconds, but I spent a few days on set observing. I remember sitting down with you for lunch one day, and you asked me lots of questions. You were very nice – and Jesse ignored me. He was probably in character.
What Andrew Garfield, taken aback, then tries to answer by defusing the embarrassment. “Oh, that I don’t know. I feel like I have to defend him in some way. Surely there was some Zuckerberg in him at that time. He was probably upset by…” And Dakota Johnson to end her sentence with humor: “… by my beauty.“
Obviously Dakota Johnson holds no rigor to his colleague Jesse Eisenberg, considering that he was then in his character. And whatever it may really be, Dakota Johnson is on a rapid rise and is today in full light. And its phenomenal role of ambiguity and magnetism in The Lost Daughter could well earn him a Best Supporting Actor nomination at the next Oscars… (but the list of contenders is long).