Isabelle Fuhrman is an American actress. She is best known for her role as Esther in the horror film Orphan (2009) and its prequel Orphan: First Kill (2022), which has led some publications to label her as a “horror icon” for her performance.She also portrayed Clove in the dystopian adventure film The Hunger Games (2012).
Years active 2001–present
Born February 25, 1997, age 25 years old and 7 months, Washington, D.C., United States
Sun Sign Pisces
Hair Color Brown
Eye Color Brown
Height 5′ 3½” (1.61 m)
Measurements 33-25-34 in / 84-63.5-86 cm
Bra size 32B
Mother Elina Fuhrman (née Kozmits) (Journalist)
Father Fuhrman, Nick
Madeline Fuhrman (sibling Older Sister)
Stanford Online High School (2015), Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, The Buckley School
Isabelle Fuhrman was born in Washington, D.C., the daughter of Elina Fuhrman née Kozmits, a journalist, author, wellness activist, and founder of the vegan soup company Soupelina, and Nick Fuhrman, a one-time Wisconsin political primary candidate (U.S. House of Representatives) and business consultant.
Her father, who is of Irish descent, was adopted by a Jewish family. Her mother is a Russian Jewish immigrant, from Soviet Moldova>.
She has an older sister, Madeline (born August 21, 1993). She and her family moved to Atlanta in 1999 when her mother joined CNN. For high school, she attended the Buckley School in California, a private school in Sherman Oaks. Fuhrman also briefly attended the Royal_Academy_of_Dramatic_Art (RADA), and briefly attended The Westminster Schools in Atlanta, Georgia.
Fuhrman graduated from Stanford University Online High School in 2015.
Fuhrman’s acting career began at the age of seven, when a casting director from Cartoon Network spotted her waiting for her older sister Madeline and cast her for one of the shows, Cartoon Fridays. Fuhrman made her big screen debut just a few years later in the 2007 drama Hounddog. The same year, Fuhrman was chosen to star in the movie Orphan alongside Vera Farmiga and Peter Sarsgaard. Fuhrman was cast after an exhaustive nationwide search of young actresses to portray the lead in the Warner Bros. collaboration between Leonardo DiCaprio Appian Way and Joel Silver Dark Castle Entertainment.
Fuhrman’s other credits include Grace O’Neil in the pilot episode of the 2006 television series Justice, and a number of national commercials for such brands as Pizza Hut and K-Mart. Her performance as Gretchen Dennis (also known as Girl Ghost) opposite Jennifer Love Hewitt in a 2008 episode of Ghost Whisperer earned her a Young Artist Award nomination. Fuhrman also appeared in comedy skits on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.
In 2011, Fuhrman played Angie Vanderveer in the dark comedy Salvation Boulevard (based on the novel by Larry Beinhart, with an ensemble cast that included Pierce Brosnan and Marisa Tomei, and which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. Also in 2012, Fuhrman voiced genetically enhanced assassin Victoria in Hitman: Absolution.
In 2012, Fuhrman played Clove, a career tribute who tries to kill the main character, Katniss, in the film The Hunger Games Originally, she auditioned to play Katniss Everdeen but was too young to play the part as she was 14 at the time. She was called back to audition for Clove, and successfully got the part. On May 15, 2012, it was announced that Fuhrman would be starring in the remake of the 1977 horror classic, Suspiria however, it was later announced that the production was stuck in legal woes and that the film would be delayed or cancelled.
On May 24, 2013, Fuhrman was cast as Max in Kevin Connolly’s next movie, Dear Eleanor a film scheduled for release in 2015. That following year, Fuhrman was cast in the film Cell, an adaptation by Stephen King. In 2015, she was cast in a major recurring role on the Showtime drama series Masters of Sex, playing Tessa, the daughter of Virginia Johnson, Lizzy Caplan Fuhrman was also cast as the lead in the independent drama Hellbent.
In 2021, Fuhrman won Best Actress in a US Narrative Feature at the 2021 Tribeca Film Festival for her explosive performance in Lauren Hadaway’s directorial debut (which also won Best US Narrative Feature at Tribeca 2021) The Novice>. Her performance and the film have summoned critical acclaim, Oscar awards buzz, with critics calling Fuhrman’s turn “a Daniel Day-Lewis transformation” and the year’s best performance. Fuhrman was nominated for Lead Actress at the Independent Film Awards.
In 2020, it was announced Fuhrman would reprise her role as Esther in an Orphan prequel. The film, titled Orphan: First Kill, was released in August 2022, with Fuhrman’s performance once more being praised.
Fuhrman was approached by Save the Children, in 2010, to be a celebrity advocate for their Caps for Good project. She and several volunteers with Save the Children have helped knit hundreds of baby caps in an effort to reduce the death rate of newborns in developing countries. Fuhrman is on the advisory board of the Love & Art Kids Foundation, a Los Angeles based non-profit organization.
Trade Mark (2)
Plays guitar and sings.
Auditioned for the role of Lili in Case 39 (2009), but the role went to Jodelle Ferland.
Loves animals. She has two dogs (Lilly & Jennings) and had a hamster named Lola that she carried around everywhere. She took her hamster to the Sundance Film Festival in 2007 for the premiere of her film, Hounddog (2007). Lola the hamster died in July 2009.
Is a fan of The Beatles.
Was number 2 on the Best-Dressed List at 2009 Teen Choice Awards.
>Was featured as one of the 55 faces of the future by Nylon Magazine Young Hollywood Issue.
Good friends with Don’t Let Me Go (2013) and Dear Eleanor (2016) co-star Joel Courtney.
Isabelle was a fan of The Hunger Games books and wrote to the director Gary Ross, telling him she would like to be in the movie. She originally read for the role of Katniss, but was called back to read for the part of Clove.
Close friends with actor Colin Ford.
Fuhrman is on the Advisory Board of the Love & Art Children’s Foundation, a Los Angeles based non-profit organization.
Isabelle studied Shakespeare at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) in London.
>Had a supporting role in M. Night Shyamalan’s film After Earth (2013) as Rayna in the original cut, and she even appeared in the trailer, but nearly all of her scenes were left on the cutting room floor. She has one scene left in the theatrical cut, and only the back of her head is visible in the shot.
I’d love to play more challenging roles, characters that would stretch my comfort zone and imagination.
I never saw Esther as scary and was never afraid of her either. Esther’s dream is to find love and a perfect family that would appreciate her. She wants it so badly that she has to remove all the obstacles on her way to achieving her dream. It’s a life-or-death stakes for her.