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Villain Overview
Me? I'm not the one who passed out drunk and let Max almost drown in the pond. If it wasn't for John, she'd be dead. And you'd probably still be in jail.
~ Esther/Leena to Kate Coleman
Hello, My name is Esther!
~ Esther's famous catchphrase

Esther Coleman, real name Leena Klammer, is the main antagonist of the 2009 horror film Orphan. She is presumed to be a 9-year-old Russian girl who now has a foster family named the Colemans (Kate Coleman, John Coleman, Max Coleman and Daniel Coleman). However, she is actually a 33-year-old woman, and she has a disease that makes her look much younger than she actually is.

She was portrayed by Isabelle Fuhrman, who also played Clove in The Hunger Games.

Personality

At first glance, the Colemans see Esther as quiet, peaceful, kind girl with many talent. However, all of this is only a facade, and it is later revealed that Esther is not a child, but instead a full-grown psychotic woman.

Leena is an evil, wild, psychotic, lustful, manipulative, completely empathy-less, and irredeemable woman who will do anything to satisfy her lust after other men, like murder, threats, attacks on their families, and causing them to suspect their own wives. Beside her psychotic side, Leena is extremely talented at playing piano and painting. However, her paintings have a very dark and disturbing element to them. Most of their themes are about her dark and lustful nature, like one of a murderer and another about herself and John having a sexual encounter.

Quotes

I think people should always try to take the bad things that happen to them in their lives, and turn them into something good. Don't you?
That doesn't matter. They'll send you to jail just for helping me hide her. I had to kill her, because she was going to tell on me. You're not going to tell on me...are you?
~ Esther tells Max the reason why she had killed sister Abigail.
If I find out that you're lying, I'll cut your hairless little prick off before you even figure out what it's for. Do you understand me?
~ Esther/Leena threatens Daniel.
I thought you would enjoy teaching me. It must be frustrating for someone who loves music as much as you to have a son who isn't interested and a daughter who can't even hear.
Put it out of its misery. It's in pain. And it's your responsibility.
~ Esther/Leena offers Daniel to kill the pigeon with a rock.
STOP TALKING TO ME LIKE I'M A CHILD!
~ Esther/Leena shouts furiously to John.
Stop crying. Grab a foot, and help me get her off the road. NOW!
~ Esther/Leena convinces Max to help her finish off Sister Abigail.
I'll shoot Mommy if you tell!
~ Esther/Leena's threat to Max.
It's all right. It must be hard to love an adopted child as much as your own.
~ Esther/Leena, to John.
Please...don't let me die, Mommy.
~ Leena's last words, when she tries to trick Kate.

Trivia

  • Esther is Isabelle Fuhrman's breakout role.
  • Esther is likely a Cluster B Psychopath with Borderline, Histrionic and Narcissistic personality traits. It is entirely possible that Esther has both Antisocial Personality Disorder and Borderline Personality Disorder.
  • In the ending credits, you can see a photograph of her when she was in the Saarne Institute, a torn paper about her disorder and her nationality, and a torn photograph of the Sullivan family.
  • There are some deleted scenes from Orphan that were excluded from the final film:
    • On the day when she was adopted by the Colemans, it is shown she had dinner with them on the first time. When Daniel and Max start to play with their food, Esther also joins them and later Kate follows them too and they all playfully laugh.
    • After Kate finishes her phone-call from Sister Abigail she then goes to cashier and meets Joyce in here. Esther later tells her that she has seen John happily talk to her and thinks that he may like her, which made Kate confused. Esther continues that Joyce wanted John to come to her house, and later pleas not to tell John because she doesn't want to see him mad at her. From this scene, we can take that Kate feel suspicious at John and Joyce relationship from Esther.
    • At night, it shown Esther walk alone to throw a garbage in the yard. When she throw a garbage, a man (possibly a beggar) look behind him and see nothing in here, and also shown Esther who is panicked hiding from him behind the garbage.