Isabelle Fuhrman is attempting a feat no other actor has done before in the upcoming orphan sequel Orphan: First Kill. The now 25-year-old actress is reprising her role as nine-year-old Esther in the prequel to the famous 2009 horror film.
During an interview with THR
During an interview with THR, she shared, that she ‘loves the challenge of being able to play a child’. Because it has historically never been done in cinema,” after learning from his research that “an adult has never reprized that role.” The thing which he played as a kid is shocking. That Fuhrman played the role—without any CGI or de-aging—to rely solely on his acting skills and youthful looks.
Director William Brent Bell tells the Boo Crew podcast
We didn’t use special effects, we didn’t use any crazy makeup tricks. Fuhrman — who was 24 during filming — explained. The actress continued: ‘And I think that’s what makes this film work. Because you really can’t figure out how I look like a 9-year-old, but I do. And it’s really scary. ’ Director William Brent Bell told the Boo Crew podcast, that reprising the role of Fuhrman was “a whole process of getting approved.” Fuhrman was just 12 years old when she landed the terrifying role of Esther in the original 2009 Orphan.
Body doubles of three children were used during filming
The director also revealed that he used camera and lighting tricks to create forceful perspectives. Additionally, he used three children’s body doubles throughout filming. One of his co-stars, Julia Stiles—who only appears in the 2022 prequel. Equally excited to return to the role of Fuhrman. I was floor because they didn’t use CGI,’ Styles told Collider. The tricks he did with the camera and the tricks he had from different perspectives. Plus her costume and prosthetics and all that, she looks like a kid.
Had to play the role of an adult with a muscular condition
‘And her performance is amazing because she engages a child in the way she talks, and moves in the way she does.’ In the 2009 film, Furman, who was 12 at the time, had to play an adult with a muscular condition. Pretending to be a kid made him younger – but this time, the roles were literally reversed. ‘ I was like, “How do I watch this part again and play a kid again?” Because last time it was the easy part – the hard part was trying to be an adult! Now the difficult thing is that I have to be a child.
Commentary from the trailer and its co-stars
That’s the challenge indeed and, based on the comments of the trailer and its co-stars, it seems. That she handles the challenge effortlessly thanks to her efforts. Hard work appears to be a common thread in Fuhrman’s career. Here’s how she landed her first significant role and used her ambition to build a successful career. Her mother had read the script to get her thoughts on him before he went to the audition, and Fuhrman was immediately intrigued.