Trivia / Orphan

  • Ability over Appearance: The original script had Esther with platinum blonde hair. Isabelle Fuhrman is dark-haired, but the directors loved her performance so much that they cast her anyway.
  • Disabled Character, Disabled Actor: Aryana Engineer (Max) was born partially deaf in real life.
  • Executive Meddling: In the original script, Danny was supposed to die and Esther's backstory was supposed to be better explained, making her more sympathetic and her actions of pretending to be a child to seduce John make more sense.
  • Fake Russian:
    • Both In-Universe and out. Esther is a 9-year-old Russian orphan pretender, as she's actually a 33-year-old Estonian woman named Leena Klamer. Either way, she's portrayed by American actress Isabelle Fuhrman.
    • And Esther's actually Leena's Estonian psychiatrist is played by Karel Roden, a Czech who has been cast in various non-Czech Eastern European roles (many of them as Russian.)