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If you’ve seen Orphan — the 2009 psychological thriller about a bad seed (Isabelle Furhman) who gets adopted by Vera Farmiga and Peter Sarsgaard and then makes their lives a true living hell — then you know Isabelle Furhman is really good at A) Playing a villain, and B) Coming off as way older than her years. Both these qualities were essential to playing Clove, one of the lethal career tributes in The Hunger Games, and the one who tussles the most with heroine Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence).
What’s less obvious on-screen is that Furhman is A) Delightful in person, and B) Very much still a young teenage girl. And like many young teenage girls, Furhman is obsessed with The Hunger Games. In our interview below, she talks about how she convinced director Gary Ross to let her audition for the film, how scarily accurate she is at Clove’s talent for throwing knives, and what one of her best friends did to her when she refused to reveal anything about making the film.
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: When did you first get acquainted with the books?
ISABELLE FUHRMAN: Well my agent actually is the one who gave me the first book when Lionsgate had first optioned it, and I read it that night. And then the next day I bought the second one, and read it that night. And then I had to wait until August for the third one to come out, which sucked. But then I read the third one immediately. I’ve read the [full] series nine times now, and the first book 13 [times]. [Chuckling] So I’m a little bit of a fan of it. READ FULL STORY »