By Ben Reardon
Since graduating from her girls-only school
in Cali, Josie Maran has lived the proverbial Hollywood Life, instigated
by a chance meeting aged 12 when she was scouted by a model agency whilst
chomping on some charred burgers at a barbecue. "Modeling was real
fun but not so dramatic. Not like a lot of the fashion horror stories
you hear. I've been modelling for half my life, but it's cool 'cause
I saved up enough money to move to LA." Josie shares her pad with
a kitty crew of gangsta-named cats. "There's Cookies, Twinkles,
Ludacat and Cash Money. Their mom's called Ol' Dirty Kitty, keeping
it hardcore all the way." Josie's modelling highpoint came when
she stepped into Anna Nicole Smith's perspex-heeled platforms, taking
over from the reality TV star as the face of Guess? jeans. All-American
glamour and a healthy dose of sun-kissed sexiness were the order of
the day, standing Josie in good stead for a foray into acting. She recently
landed her first major role, playing the bride of Dracula in Stephen
Sommers' (Mummy, Mummy Returns) upcoming vampire flick Van Helsing.
"It's probably one of the coolest roles I'll ever play," she
enthuses. "There's blood and sex and I have contact lenses and
really long nails. I reckon that it's everyone's dream to play a vampire.
At one point in the movie, I'm flying and my wings turn into my dress.
It's crazy." The only down side comes when co star Hugh Jackman,
of X-Men fame, stakes the blood sucking bitch right through the heart:
"Yeah, the fucker!" The 25-year-old is currently teaching
herself all about the laws of the artistic land, with the kind of childlike
enthusiasm ET held for his mentor, Elliott. "I go to dance classes,
acting 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."
PETRA - July 2003
The following interview was originally
published in German.
It was translated to English by Andreas Kretschmann
and edited for clarity.
What is the shady side of your
Some people put you in this stupid drawer.
Tell us the name of the last film
you have seen in cinema?
"Laurel Canyon" with Frances McDormand. Her and Emily Watson
are the best female actors.
Your favorite male actor?
Richard Roxbourgh (Moulin Rouge) and Philip Seymour Hoffmann
What kind of music do you like?
Alternative Bands like MOUDLY PEACHES, THE STROKES and IGGY POPP. Myself,
I'm singing in a band called HOLLYWOOD 2002.
I'm not singing, it is more like speaking. And I'm playing violin.
What would you like to do during
your holidays this year?
I will be going fishing with my father and my brother in Colorado. And
I hope to have some relaxing days at home in L.A.
What things do you need for a
A lonely island? Please send me directly to this island. I only need
my friend, a treehouse and quiet days.
Your important thing on your business-trips?
A cashmere cover and a present from my friend.
He is not a public man. For a few years we've been lucky. He and my
family try to hold me on earth.
NYLON - February
BORN WITH IT
WHEN MAYBELLINE MODEL JOSIE
MARAN ISN'T HAWKING MASCARA, SHE'S DRAWING BLOOD ON THE BIG SCREEN.
BY SOPHIE SCHULTE-HILLEN. PHOTOGRAPHED BY MARVIN SCOTT JARRETT
Josie Maran is in love. "It's like
medicine. It just brings out the best in you and makes you more sensitive
to everything that's going on around you," she muses as a makeup
artist studies her bare face in vain for imperfections. "And it
gives you that glow," she adds, giggling. One of the rare models
who doesn't disappoint in person, 24-year-old [she is now 25]
Maran's smooth, tawny skin, amber doe eyes, and soft waves ooze earthy
beauty. It's pretty ironic that her main gig is shilling makeup.
But mention her contract with Maybelline
and she squirms. Not because of the recent Sisley campaign--which showed
Maran getting perhaps a little too cozy with farm animals--that got
her into hot water with the squeaky clean cosmetics giant. But because,
yes, she too is taking the plunge into acting. Now that she's wrapped
two indie movies, The Mallory Effect and Swatters
(both have been submitted to Sundance), Maran is about to shoot her
big-budget film, Van Helsing. It's a Dracula flick that finds
her vamping it up alongside Hugh Jackman. "It's a fun role, obviously
not Oscar material, but right now I want to do everything: drama, comedy,
you name it," she says. "I'm so excited to do a movie with
a real budget. You get more takes, a more experienced crew--oh, and
people will actually see this one."
While her 12 years as a model have given
her loads of experience in front of the camera, Maran is the first to
point out that acting is a new arena. "When you're modeling, you
play toward the camera. When you're acting, you ignore it. In the beginning,
I was always getting into trouble because I'd stare right into the lens,"
she explains, laughing. And then there are the love scenes. "Makeout
scenes are...gross," she says. "It's really hard to kiss someone
who you're not attracted to. But then I pretend he's my boyfriend. Sometimes
it works." (After her much-publicized romance with magician David
Blaine, she's understandably hesitant to give details about her current
beau, with whom she lives in the Hollywood Hills, along with their cat,
Old Dirty Kitty.)
Not that smooching Hugh Jackman will be
her biggest challenge when she begins shooting Van Helsing
in Prague. "I've never been away from my boyfriend or my friends
for two months at a time," she says. "Luckily, I'll get to
fly in some people from time to time." And who will be the first
to visit? "Uh, my mom," she says loudly into the tape recorder,
grinning. Right. If it weren't for that lovestruck glow of hers, we'd
almost be convinced she's telling the truth.