A viral reenactment of ‘The Social Network’ got high praise from star Andrew Garfield. Actress Sarah Ramos breaks down how she pulled it off.

Cutouts of Justin Timberlake, Jesse Eisenberg, and Andrew Garfield in The Social Network against a blue background with avatars connected by dashed lines
David Fincher’s ‘The Social Network’ was released in 2010. Sony Pictures; Marianne Ayala/Insider

When the world shut down in March 2020, Sarah Ramos, who’s been acting since she was a child, suddenly found herself having a lot more spare time.

Two months into quarantining during the pandemic, she decided to pay homage to, arguably, the most iconic scene in David Fincher’s 2010 film “The Social Network.”

The idea was simple: She and “Teen Wolf” star, Dylan O’Brien, would replicate the famous “lawyer up” moment from the movie as part of Ramos’ at-home series called “quaranscenes,” a phrase coined by actor Justin Long.

The result was an impressive reenactment that amassed over a million views and caught the attention of star Andrew Garfield, who played Eduardo Saverin.

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Andrew Garfield in ‘The Social Network.’ Sony Pictures

Her quaranscene endeavor began about a week into being at home after a friend asked her to reenact a scene from “The Morning Show” starring Reese Witherspoon.

“I had so much fun sharing it with people that I was like, ‘Oh, I should do this like once a week, as long as we’re in quarantine,'” Ramos recalled. “I had no idea how long we were going to be in quarantine.”

By May, Ramos was still regularly churning out reenactments – sometimes with the help of famous friends like Aubrey Plaza and blogger-turned-“Gossip Girl“-reboot-star Tavi Gevinson.

“It was really honestly keeping me kind of sane, having something to do every week,” Ramos said. “It gave me a schedule, to be like, ‘Let me film and edit a video and put it out once a week.’ It was a pretty low-stakes hobby that gave me structure.”

Ramos and O’Brien, who she coincidentally met through “The Social Network” star, Max Minghella, pitched a bunch of potential movies to tackle for the quaranscene series. They considered the 2003 rom-com “How to Lose a Guy In 10 Days,” among other films, but decided on “The Social Network” after O’Brien gave an “undeniable” Garfield impression.

In honor of the anniversary of “The Social Network,” Ramos spoke about channeling Justin Timberlake and Oscar-nominee Jesse Eisenberg, the one moment that O’Brien badly wanted to include in the reenactment, and why the movie still resonates in an ever-expanding digital age.

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Justin Timberlake, Jesse Eisenberg, and Andrew Garfield in ‘The Social Network.’ Sony Pictures

The “lawyer up” scene is a standout in Fincher’s film, which chronicled the formation of Facebook and how cofounder Mark Zuckerberg (played by Eisenberg) found himself at the center of two lawsuits.

The scene took place near the end of “The Social Network,” as Facebook cofounder Eduardo angrily confronted Mark after learning that his Facebook share was diluted from 34% to 0.03% and his name was removed from the masthead.

In response to an insult from Napster cofounder Sean Parker (Timberlake) about his ridiculous suits, Eduardo shouted, “SORRY! My Prada’s at the cleaners along with my hoodie and my fuck-you flip-flops, you pretentious douchebag.”

After reminding Mark that he was in fact a cofounder, Eduardo lowered his voice and delivered a chilling warning: “You better lawyer up, asshole, because I’m not coming back for 30%. I’m coming back for everything.”

To fully understand the magnitude of the scene, one has to watch it in its entirety.

Reading a description of the moment or Aaron Sorkin’s award-winning rhythmic screenplay is not sufficient.

And Garfield’s standout performance, punctuated by him whispering his final threat, should have earned him an Oscar nomination. He even did 35 or 40 closeup takes for the scene until Fincher was certain he had the perfect take, the actor recently told Collider.

It’s a scene so beloved that Garfield still gets asked about it and previously said he would gladly “charge people for me to whisper in their ear, ‘You better lawyer up, asshole,'” if he were ever strapped for cash.

So naturally, when Ramos started looking into which scene from “The Social Network” she and O’Brien should recreate, this was one of the first results that popped up online from a YouTube user, who called it their favorite from the whole movie.

“I was like, ‘OK, that’s this person’s favorite scene, it’s pretty drama, and we can recreate it pretty easily,” Ramos recalled. “So, I’m going to start memorizing.”

Jesse Eisenberg in 'The Social Network.'
Jesse Eisenberg in ‘The Social Network.’ Sony Pictures

Ramos initially believed that she’d play Garfield’s role in the reenactment because she “thought people wouldn’t want to act that much in the videos.”

But to her dismay, O’Brien was fully up for the challenge and more than happy to put a spotlight on his Garfield impression while Ramos played Zuckerberg and Parker.

O’Brien was so enthusiastic that he wanted to start the quaranscene a bit earlier, to include the moment when Eduardo dramatically stormed through the room and smashed Mark’s laptop.

“Dylan really wanted to do that,” Ramos recalled. “He really wanted to do that, but I think I was like, ‘Well, how are we gonna smash the laptop? I don’t have a prop laptop.’ I feel like that was part of it. It was something about the logistics of it. I do remember Dylan deeply wanted to walk in like that.”

Jesse Eisenberg and Andrew Garfield in 'The Social Network.'
Jesse Eisenberg and Andrew Garfield in ‘The Social Network.’ Sony Pictures

In the spirit of the quaranscene concept, Ramos and O’Brien filmed their parts separately from their homes. They had some help, though.

Ramos’ filmmaker husband, Matt Spicer, served as the director of photography for the reenactment, while her hairstylist, Eddie Cook, helped perfect her portrayal by donating a wig that he bought for a Halloween costume.

“He kicked it up a notch,” she said. “And the Jesse Eisenberg wig has become kind of like folklore. Some of my friends live for it and are obsessed every time I wear it, so I like to wear it a lot.”

Ramos admits that she’s “kind of lazy” when it comes to the costuming for her quaranscnes, especially when it comes to male characters. (In contrast, she got an orange jumpsuit to recreate a scene from “Legally Blonde” at Spicer’s suggestion and wore the exact dress that Dakota Johnson sported during her viral interview with Ellen DeGeneres.)

“I have some regrets about my portrayal of Justin Timberlake in the ‘Social Network’ video because I wish that I just wore the same wig that I wore for Jesse Eisenberg,” Ramos said.

“I didn’t have a hoodie, which is shocking, but it was quarantine and I didn’t have a zip-up hoodie. I only have a sweatshirt hoodie. And I was supposed to be holding a mug and I forgot to hold the mug.”

Justin Timberlake in 'The Social Network.'
Justin Timberlake in ‘The Social Network.’ Sony Pictures

Regrets aside, Ramos’ attention to the actors’ mannerisms and delivery of the characters she’s impersonating is undeniable.

“I memorize scenes. I drill them into my head as if I was memorizing to act on set or do an audition or something because that’s what originally inspired the idea of reenacting,” she explained, “is that I had this scene from ‘Bring It On’ memorized just from watching it so many times.”

As for O’Brien’s quaranscene method, Ramos said it “was a little mysterious.” But after getting a few takes from the actor, she edited them together for the perfect outcome.

Among O’Brien’s different takes was one in which real tears rolled down his face mid-scene.

“I was shocked there was a tear,” Ramos said. “He wasn’t sure if I was going to use that take. He thought maybe I would think it was too melodramatic or something, but I was like, ‘You can’t do too much in these videos.'”

Andrew Garfield in 'The Social Network.'
Andrew Garfield in ‘The Social Network.’ Sony Pictures

The “lawyer up” scene is not as popular or widely known in cinema as John Cusack holding up a boombox outside Ione Skye’s house in “Say Anything,” Meg Ryan faking an orgasm at Katz’s Deli in “When Harry Met Sally,” or even Tom Cruise’s pants-less slide across his vacant home in “Risky Business.”

But “The Social Network” has a loyal following of its own among film aficionados.

“I’ve seen it many times and I think I appreciate something new about it every time I watch it,” Ramos said. “That is part of what makes it so beloved. It’s incredibly well done. I think it’s the Fincher of it all, you know?”

“It’s the combination of this incredibly talented master of cinema in David Fincher approaching social media and having such a modern story told through such a classic film lens. What’s more satisfying than that?”

Given the popularity and critical praise of “The Social Network,” the reaction to Ramos and O’Brien’s reenactment was instantaneous.

“I was really surprised by the response to it,” Ramos, who edited the footage together in about two days, said. “I didn’t know that it was a popular, quotable scene.”

Among the millions who watched the quaranscene was Garfield himself, who voiced his approval.

Hamilton” creator Lin-Manuel Miranda, who directed Garfield’s upcoming movie “Tick, Tick… Boom!,” posted a screenshot of a text message from the actor that read: “If I had Twitter I’d let him know he MURDERED it.”

“I thought that was really cool and for the message to be delivered by Lin Manuel Miranda, I mean, it doesn’t get better than that,” Ramos said, adding that she found the reactions from people on Twitter to be “really amusing.”

“There was a ton of positive reaction,” the “Parenthood” star said. “That day, Jessica Simpson followed me on Twitter and responded to a tweet that I had posted like months before about listening to her audiobook, and I screamed at that.”

Ramos has yet to receive any responses from others involved in “The Social Network,” but she’s optimistic.

“The only thing that could complete the journey would be a response from Fincher himself, the filmmaker,” she said.