‘Orphan’ star gives pointers

Isabelle Fuhrman explains how she handled evil role

Orphan’s” unmistakably creepy image of a curly-haired brunette with ribbons around her neck and a uniquely morbid countenance is nothing like the effervescent actress who plays her, which might lead you to wonder how actress Isabelle Fuhrman, now 12 and distinctly mature for her age, was able to play a role that could have been emotionally dangerous for most children.

Following in the footsteps of “The Exorcist’s” Linda Blair, Fuhrman worked hard to play an evil character with a dark secret. She acknowledges that at times the scenes were challenging, but that is precisely why she was interested in the part. Besides, Fuhrman insists, director Jaume Collet-Serra and the crew made sure the on-set experience was fun, not scary, for the actress and her kid co-stars, Jimmy Bennett and Aryana Engineer.

When asked what advice she has for other young performers cast in horror films, Fuhrman recommends, “Just try to be as crazy as possible and really leave yourself behind.” Offscreen, Fuhrman is a genuine kid who has every Taylor Swift album, participates in Fun League sports at her school and is now writing a chick flick called “Days of December” with a friend for school. Unlike other kids, however, Fuhrman now receives fan mail and is eagerly anticipating her next role.