Real name: Josie Maran
Birthdate: May 8, 1978
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Johanna Selhorst Maran known as Josie Maran (born May 8, 1978) is an American supermodel and actress.
Maran was born in Menlo Park, California. She attended Castilleja School, an all-girls' school in Palo Alto, California. Her first cover was Glamour in 1998. She has a scar due to an appendectomy performed when she was 12, but the scar is edited out from most photos.
Signed at age 17 with the Elite modeling agency of Los Angeles, Maran appeared on her first cover with Glamour magazine in 1998, and she was the featured Guess? Girl in their summer 1998 and fall 1998 campaigns. After building a resumé of over 25 commercials and advertisements, including a music video for the popular boy-band the Backstreet Boys, in which she was bitten on the neck by Dracula, played by Howie. Maran moved cross-country to join with Elite in New York City. In 1999, she landed a multi-year deal with Maybelline. Maran appeared in the annual Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue for three consecutive years; from 2000 to 2002.
Josie's interest in the arts extends beyond film. When not in acting class, Josie is training herself in "dance classes... violin classes, speech classes, everything. I'm just trying to train myself in the arts, you know? Nobody else is gonna do it so I'm going to. I'm gonna take on the world." Her interest in music led her to play casually in two bands: Darling, with actress Nicole Richie, and Hollywood 2000, where she sang and played violin.
In 2001, Maran appeared in an independent film, as title character Mallory in The Mallory Effect. In 2002, Maran appeared as Susan in Swatters. In 2004, she appeared in three films - as a French model in Little Black Book, as one of Dracula's brides in Van Helsing, and briefly as a cigarette girl in The Aviator. Maran appeared in a short film "The Confession" alongside Wentworth Miller in 2005, and as Kira Hayden in The Gravedancers in 2006. Maran will not play Polly Hudson in The Final Season, scheduled for release in 2007. This role is now played by Rachael Leigh Cook.
In 2005, she was recruited by EA Games to appear as a main character in the street-racing computer and video game, Need for Speed: Most Wanted, which was released on November 17, 2005. She plays the game's second lead Mia Townsend, who guides the lead character through the game.
Later that same night, Josie Maran appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live and in reference to getting voted off first, said, "I should have cut my legs off."
Maran was quoted as saying on Jimmy Kimmel Live, August 12, 2004: "I don't believe in marriage. I just don't think it's necessary in this day and age. I just think if you need to get married, then you're already distrusting the person. Why do you have to sign something to show your love? You just love, everyday." Maran talked about quitting modeling and acting to live in Hawaii and teach children, on Jimmy Kimmel Live, 24 October 2005. She reported to have also started yoga, eating organic foods, and trying to quit smoking.
Maran gave birth to her first child, daughter Rumi Joon, on June 20th at her home in Los Angeles. Father is photographer Ali Alborzi.