GURL interviews Jesse Eisenberg, Justin Timberlake, Andrew Garfield and Armie Hammer.
It’s been two days and we’re still on a high from interviewing the dudes from The Social Network. Maybe it’s because we were so nervous to interview JT and his hot co-stars Jesse Eisenberg, Andrew Garfield and Armie Hammer that we still can’t really believe we survived the whole ordeal without fainting, but our survival through the depths of hunk-dom can probably be owed to our realization that these famous dudes are actually, shockingly, geeky. Just like us gURLs.
Don’t believe us? Just wait until you hear how Jesse geeked out to play Facebook’s creator, Mark Zuckerberg, what Andrew did to try to impress a gURL, and why Justin thinks “geek is the new cool.”
So our biggest pet peeve is our parents joining Facebook. Your mom has Facebook, right?
Jesse: Right, yeah.
Do you find it weird that our parents are using Facebook when it was supposed to just be for college and high school kids?
Jesse: Well, that speaks to the great phenomenon that it’s become. It started out in a few very exclusive schools, the movie kind of covers that period in time — and when it opened up to everybody, it became the global phenomenon that it is. One of the things my character discusses is really establishing this exclusivity, so that everybody wanted it before they were able to get it, and that’s why it really took off. All these schools that didn’t have it really wanted it. In the movie, we show how the guys who created Facebook really kept it away from schools until they couldn’t take it anymore. And then they released it onto the school and that created such a desire for it, because they kept it away from them.
What’s the craziest thing you’ve done to get someone’s attention, whether a gURL or…
Andrew: Yeah, we do silly things for women. I’ve climbed walls up to windows and I’ve broken down doors. Not in an aggressive like, stalkerish way, not in an illegal way — well, it may have been illegal — but it was romantic at the time.
Jesse: I plastered posters all over the subway with my face on it to advertise the movie.
Justin, what’s the craziest thing a fan has done to get your attention?
Justin: There’ve been some crazy things. Things that I probably shouldn’t say. I actually was in Europe one time and I showed up to a hotel and there were some kids that were hiding in the closet that had figured out some way to get into the room that I was going to be staying in. So that wasn’t scary. At all. And they were not escorted immediately out of the hotel…they were. (he winks with sarcasm dripping off his hot body). (we melt).
What could a gURL do to catch your eye? What always works?
Jesse: Well, my mother tries to every day and I rarely pick up the telephone, so I’m not sure…
Armie: She would have to go through my wife which would not be a pleasant process…
There’s a lot of ego clashing in this movie. Can you explain, once and for all — what is it about guys and their egos?!
Jesse: (Laughs). Well, I view my character as really selfless. I know it sounds very strange because what he’s created is a way for us all to look inward, and express ourselves on a minute-to-minute basis, but I think my character is really unconcerned with his own personal gain. So even though he’s a billionaire at the end of the movie, I think he’d give away a lot of that money in order to feel like he had a better connection.
Andrew: I think ego is a curse. It’s upsetting because I’m capable of it. I have a massive ego and I try to contain it ’cause it can just be a very negative force to identify with that. I guess it’s been this way since man was man and it’ll remain that way until we become evolved, hopefully we’ll evolve and accept more feminine energy into our beings.
And if a gURL is dating a guy with a huge ego?
Armie: She probably shouldn’t be. I would say that that’s one of the things that gURLs fall for because they think they can change them, they think he’s just pretending, he’s really sweet, and all that. Well, maybe he’s just an a**hole.
So, this movie is all about making it into an exclusive club.(groan, barf!) If you could have your own exclusive club, would you? And what would it be like?
Armie: People who are non-club members of other exclusive clubs can join my exclusive club.
Andrew: I don’t like elitism. I like open access to whoever is nice and to whoever would like to come and join. There might be a screening process of a nice test. Like going, “Oh, are you nice?” And if you say ‘yes’ then you have to prove that you’re nice somehow with some subconscious hypnosis test or something like that. (gURL’s in!)
But once you get inside, there’d probably be a lot of bounce houses and a foam pit and a skateboard ramp going into the foam pit and a lot of things that you could hurt yourself on. But you’d have to sign a waiver of course before you came in to make sure that we weren?t liable. There’d be probably a simulation of what it would be like to sit and lay and run through clouds. I’d hire a great visual artist to do that. I’d create a whole warehouse of the world in some way. (Laughs).
What’s the most rebellious thing you’ve done as a teen?
Jesse: I like doing urban exploration, like sneaking into places in New York City that are restricted. I went on the high line before they opened it up like 10 years ago, and I snuck into the tunnel – the Amtrak tunnel – on 122nd street where they filmed that movie Dark Days about the people who decide to set up a shanty town in the train station. New York has so many little spaces that are unexplored.
Armie: Dropping out of high school to be an actor. I realized that’s what I wanted to do. My senior year was basically going to be all electives, so I was like, “Well great, I would like to take three hours of woodshop but what I would rather be doing is getting to my life, which is being an actor.” So that did not go over well but I think it was the right move for me.
Mark Zuckerberg is like, the ultimate geek, and now he’s a billionaire (and according to the movie’s tagline a punk, too). What kind of advice can you give us geeky gURLs on becoming punk, billionaire geniuses?
Jesse: (Laughs) Giving advice on making it? That would be the blind leading the blind. If I were to give advice, I’m sure it would ruin whoever I gave the advice to.
Andrew: This is the time. I think it’s important to say that we’re all geeky in some way. But this is the nerd revolution. This is the technological revolution where brains and ambition and that kinda stuff are what’s defining our generation.
Armie: It’s funny. I think introverts get hassled a little bit more than they need to be. I think that if you are an introvert and you are loner and you’re comfortable like that, that’s fine. Maybe that’s just the way you function.
Justin: I think we’re all geeks in some way — or were — or still are. I think instinct is a powerful thing, and I think if you trust yourself enough to trust your instinct then that can be a great thing. I would hope with this movie that geek is the new cool.
Speaking of ‘cool’, Justin, you have this line in the movie where you say “A million dollars isn’t cool. You know what’s cool? A billion dollars.” What’s cool according to Justin Timberlake?
Justin: By the time this movie comes out it won’t be cool anymore, I fear. The world is moving so fast these days. I have no idea what’s cool. What do you think is cool?
gURL: Well, I think you’re pretty cool.
Justin: I’m cool? Man. Hang out with me a little bit. It’s all a façade.
gURL: Uhhh, drooooooooool. Uhhh, yea, JT, let’s be friends, ajkghshtgljge. (fainting)
So the soundtrack to this movie is amazing…
Justin: It’s fantastic. The score, I just can’t say enough about it, about (the producers’) Trent Reznor and Atticus Rose’s score. They’re brilliant. I’m literally in awe of them.
What’s the number one song you’d put on the soundtrack to your teen years?
Justin: Oh, I don’t know. Maybe “Knockin’ Da Bootz.” [by H-Town.] There was someone in here earlier from Houston and he didn’t know who H-Town was. You look too young to know…how old are you?
gURL: Uh, 23…
Justin: Yeah, see all these kids are too young to know who these people are so it doesn’t matter who I name. You’re not gonna know who they are.
gURL: Ok, well mine would be an *NSYNC song, sooo…
gURL: Yeah, obviously.
Justin: Well, I don’t know what to say about that. (laughs).