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Orphan Actor Was Extremely Uncomfortable Watching Herself Play Child In New Film

Jen Thomas

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Orphan Actor Was Extremely Uncomfortable Watching Herself Play Child In New Film

Warning: Spoilers ahead for Orphan and Orphan: First Kill

Orphan: First Kill star Isabelle Furhman has revealed that watching herself acting as a child onscreen left her feeling 'so uncomfortable'.

The 25-year-old will be reprising the role of the psychotic Esther for the prequel, which will be released later this year.

She was just 12-years-old when she first played the character in the Orphan back in 2009 and needn't have worried about convincing audiences, as fans were suitably horrified by the first trailer for her second outing. Take a look below:


The first film tells the story of a couple who adopt a nine-year-old just after the tragic loss of their unborn child. To their horror they discover that the girl, Esther, is actually a 33-year-old woman named Leena.

Leena suffers from a rare condition which stunted her growth, which enabled her to convincingly impersonate a child.

Filming a prequel 13 years later would be problematic for some film stars, but youthful Isabelle didn't need CGI to de-age her. And it turns out the results left her feeling seriously creeped out watching herself on-screen, which she discussed in a new interview with Reel Talker.

"You'll be very creeped out. We filmed the movie last year, I saw it about a month ago and I was so uncomfortable watching it the entire time," she said.

The murderous Esther is back more than a decade on. Credit: Dark Castle Entertainment
The murderous Esther is back more than a decade on. Credit: Dark Castle Entertainment

"I called my publicist Gary afterwards and said ‘I don’t know who’s going to be creeped out more. The people who watch it when I was a kid, or people who watch it now. What is going to be the creepier version?'" she continued.

Isabelle explained that the fact that audiences are now in on Leena's secret ramps up the ick factor: "We played with that for this movie. The entire time you’re well aware that Esther is a grown-up and it’s really, really creepy."

"So I’m very excited for people to see it and to experience the level of horror and discomfort watching it that I did!", so kind of you, Isabelle.

She previously told The Hollywood Reporter about the challenges of playing a much younger role: “We didn’t use special effects, we didn’t use any crazy makeup tricks.

“And I think that’s what makes the movie work, is because you really can’t figure out how I look like a [9-year-old], but I do. And it’s really creepy,” she told the publication.

Despite being on-set and starring in the film, Isabelle says it doesn't make watching it any easier: “I was there every day. I know how we did this. I know all the tricks, and I’m so thoroughly disturbed right now because I somehow am 9 years old again, and it doesn’t make any sense. 

Horror fans are in for a treat, after director William Brent Bell promised an 'extremely violent film'.

Orphan: First Kill is due to be released on 19th August 2022.

Featured Image Credit: YouTube/Reel Talker/Paramount Movies

Topics: TV and Film, Celebrity, News

Jen Thomas
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