The Social Network: In Real Life

Three weeks after it hit theaters, The Social Network is still getting a lot of buzz. Was it accurate? Wasn't it accurate? Can it really be called the Citizen Kane of our generation? At the forefront of everyone's minds: where are they now?

Three weeks after it hit theaters, The Social Network is still getting a lot of buzz. Was it accurate? Wasn’t it accurate? Can it really be called the Citizen Kane of our generation? At the forefront of everyone’s minds: where are they now? Did the actors deliver a fair portrayal of their real-life counterparts? You decide:


We all know where Zuckerberg is now: he’s virtually everywhere (literally) and he’s the world’s youngest billionaire. It’s not like we need the reminder. Although he’s a household name, he’s not really a household personality. Very few people have actually had the opportunity to gauge exactly what type of guy he is. In 2009, The Business Insider posted an interview with the Facebook CEO, who discussed his experience managing Facebook’s early rise to greatness. In The Social Network, Zuckerberg is portrayed as socially awkward, inept, and incredibly withdrawn. In this video, he doesn’t come across like the curmudgeon the movie makes him out to be. That said, there’s something about him that’s undoubtedly awkward, and it has something to do with the way he holds his gaze while hardly blinking. It’s possible he’s spent a lot of time perfecting his public-speaking skills. Maybe too much time.


The fast-talking, charm-your-pants-off founder of Napster still has shares in Facebook, but these days he’s biding his time as a managing partner for Founders Fund and as the co-founder of the popular application, Causes. So did Justin Timberlake get him right? It’s hard to say, but judging by his fast-talking, charm-your-pants-off attitude in the interview above partnered with the rumors of truth behind his alleged cocaine arrest that booted him from the Facebook team, it looks like the ‘N Sync alum was pretty close.


One thing is for certain: they’re six-foot-five, 220 pounds, and there’s two of them. Also, they did go to the Beijing Olympics in 2008. In 2009, the brothers enrolled in the University of Oxford to pursue a Master’s degree in Business Administration. And, in reference to the BBC interview above, they are exactly as The Social Network depicted them. Their movie counterpart Armie Hammer might as well be speaking in their stead. Well-spoken, even-keeled, and still wallowing in their “Facebook took everything from us, even though we still have everything” mentality, the ‘Winklevii,’ as Zuckerberg refers to them in the film, are just as you might expect.


Unlike his giant, identical cohorts, Divya Narendra has moved away from the Facebook debacle and toward a new business idea that he can comfortably call his own. He is currently the founder and CEO of a social network for investment analysts, SumZero. Actor Max Minghella plays Divya in the film and based on the little video that’s available of Narendra, it looks like Minghella captured his driven, confident personality dead-on.


Blink and you might miss Mark Zuckerberg’s two roommates (and crucial Facebook co-founders) Chris Hughes and Dustin Moskovitz in The Social Network. But, in real life, no chance you’ll miss them now. Played by Patrick Mapel in the movie, Chris Hughes left Facebook, helped Barack Obama get elected president by coordinating the campaign’s reach online, and recently founded Jumo, a non-profit startup aiming to “help people find ways to help the world.”


Dustin Moskovitz is 8 days younger than Zuckerberg, so his 6% stake in Facebook technically makes him the world’s youngest billionaire. Instead of getting drunk and breaking things like actor Joseph Mazzello does as him in The Social Network, Moscovitz speaks in this video about the founding of Facebook (not mentioning, by the way, Eduardo Saverin). As of last year, he was working on Asana, a startup that “helps people work together more effectively.”

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