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Natalie Portman provided inside scoop on Harvard club for 'The Social Network', report says

09/30/2010 by Corinne Heller

Natalie Portman stars in 'Black Swan' (Photo credit: Fox Searchlight Pictures) Natalie Portman reportedly helped screenwriter Aaron Sorkin with research about Harvard University's elite, private organizations for his new "Facebook" film, The Social Network, by providing information about one of her ex-boyfriend's clubs.

The Social Network, set for release on Friday, tells the story of the founders of Facebook, who created the site in 2004 when they were college students.

  In the film, co-founder Mark Zuckerberg models the social networking site on Harvard's exclusive clubs, which only accept a select number of members.

Portman studied at Harvard from 1999 to 2003. She dated a member of the male-only, elite Porcellian Club, Entertainment Weekly said, quoting Sorkin as saying to a group of students from the university at a recent sneak peek screening of the film: "Natalie Portman got in touch with me when she heard that I was doing this to say, 'Come over for dinner and Ill tell you some stories.'"

I wouldve come over for dinner under any circumstances," he said. "But that was really helpful."

The Social Network stars Jesse Eisenberg as Zuckerberg and also features singer Justin Timberlake, who recently presented a "history of rap" on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, Rooney Mara, star of the rebooted The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo and the new Spider-Man, Andrew Garfield.

Portman does not star in The Social Network has reportedly been offered the lead role in Gravity, a drama film about a woman stranded alone on a space station.

Portman, a 29-year-old Israeli-born American actress, shot to fame in the film The Professional in 1994. She later played a queen in the Star Wars prequel trilogy and starred in movies such as V for Vendetta and Closer, the latter of which earned her an Oscar nomination in 2005.

Check out the trailer for her latest film Black Swan, which features scenes that see her kissing Mila Kunis as her character explores the dark side of the ballet world and of herself.

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