Johanna Selhorst “Josie” Maran (born May 8, 1978) is an American model and actress. Maran was born in Menlo Park, California. She attended Castilleja School, an all-girls’ school in Palo Alto, California. She is of Russian-Jewish descent on her paternal side. Her first cover was Glamour in 1998. In 1990, an appendectomy left Maran with a noticeable scar that is typically edited out of photos.In 2001, Maran appeared in an independent film, as title character Mallory in The Mallory Effect. Maran followed this by appearing as Susan in Swatters in 2002. In 2004, she appeared in three films – as a French model in Little Black Book, as one of Dracula’s brides, Marishka, 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.She and her boyfriend, the Iranian American photographer Ali Alborzi, have one daughter, Rumi Joon.