Who is Marla Sokoloff?
Marla Lynne Sokoloff was born in San Francisco, California USA, on 19 December 1980 – her zodiac sign is Sagittarius and she holds American nationality. She’s an actress and a musician, who’s probably still known best for her portrayal of Lucy Hatcher in the mystery crime series “The Practice”, created by David E. Kelley, and which starred Dylan McDermott, Lara Flynn Boyle and Kelli Williams. It is about the defense lawyers working at a Boston law company, where Bobby Donnell is the company’s founder and senior defense lawyer. The series aired from 1997 to 2004, and won 58 awards including three Golden Globes, while it was nominated for 117 other awards.
Early life and education
Marla was raised in San Francisco alongside her brother Jared, by their father Howard Sokoloff who is a doctor, and their mother Cindi who is a former caterer. Both their parents are Jewish.
Marla was still attending a local elementary school when she launched her acting career, with her portrayal of an Alcatraz visitor in the 1993 romantic comedy movie “So I Married an Axe Murderer”, and the same year saw her appear in single episodes of the series’ “Boy Meets World” and “The Second Half”. It was also in 1993 when Marla was cast to play her first supporting character in the family comedy series “Full House”, created by Jeff Franklin and which starred Bob Saget, John Stamos and Dave Coulier. It follows a widowed journalist raising his three children with the help of his best friend and his brother-in-law.
The series won 16 awards of the 36 it was nominated for.
Marla went on to study at Los Angeles County High School for the Arts and was during her four years there mostly focused on acting, as she appeared in various series such as the family comedy “Home Improvement”, the science fiction comedy “3rd Rock from the Sun”, and the family drama “Party of Five”, as well as in a couple of movies including the family comedy “The Baby-Sitters Club”, and the drama “The Climb”.
Upon matriculating in 1998, Marla didn’t pursue a college degree, but went to work on her way up in the film industry.
Roles in movies
In 2000, Marla was cast to portray supporting characters in both the romantic comedy “Whatever It Takes”, and the science fiction mystery comedy “Dude, Where’s My Car?”.
Her first notable performance was in the 2001 crime comedy “Sugar & Spice”, in which she starred alongside Marley Shelton and Melissa George in the film which follows a teenage cheerleader who becomes pregnant with a football quarterback, and turns to crime to make a living.
A couple of Marla’s following roles were in the 2004 romantic comedy “Love on the Side”, the 2005 romantic comedy “Crazylove” and the 2008 drama “Alyx”. Her following notable performance was in Marc Fienberg’s 2009 romantic comedy “Play the Game”, which starred Paul Campbell, Andy Griffith and Doris Roberts, and follows a young man teaching his widowed granddad dating tricks. The movie won three awards.
Marla went on to appear in several mediocre movies, and three of her most recent roles in films have been in the 2016 romantic comedy “Summer in the City”, the 2017 comedy “A Happening of Monumental Proportions”, and the 2019 romantic drama “The Road Home for Christmas”.
Roles in TV series
After becoming famous thanks to her role in “The Practice”, Marla was invited to make a guest appearance in various series, including the critically acclaimed mystery comedy “Desperate Housewives”, and the comedy “Modern Men”.
In 2006, she was invited to star as Alice in the romantic comedy “Big Day”, which also starred Josh Cooke and Miriam Shor, and follows Danny and Alice who are about to marry, but their friends and family are only creating problems for them. The year 2014 saw Marla portray Dani Kirland in the hit romantic drama “The Fosters”, created by Peter Paige and Bradley Bredeweg, and which starred Sherri Saum, Teri Polo and Hayden Byerly. It follows the life of teenager Callie Jacob after he is adopted by a lesbian couple – the series won seven of the 39 awards it was nominated for.
Marla’s most recent role in a TV series has been in the family comedy “Fuller House”, created by Jeff Franklin and which starred Jodie Sweetin, Candace Cameron Bure and Andrea Barber. It follows D. J. Fuller, her three sons, her best friend Kimmy and Kimmy’s daughter, who are all living together under the same roof. It aired from 2016 to 2020 and won eight awards, while it was nominated for 21 others, including a Primetime Emmy.
Marla has three directing, two writing and a producing credits. She wrote and directed the 2018 short film “Preschool in L. A.”, and then directed the 2019 romantic drama movie “Christmas Hotel”. In 2020, she wrote, produced and directed the short drama movie “Home, But Not Alone”.
She received special thanks for the 2011 drama film “Higher Grounds”.
Marla has been invited to make a guest appearance in various talk-shows, such as “Chic Mama Carpool”, “Entertainment Tonight” and “Andrea Barber Vlog”.
Awards and nominations
She has been nominated for three awards without winning any: in 1999, 2000 and 2001, Marla and her colleagues were nominated for a Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series for “The Practice”.
Love life and husband
Marla met the famous actor James Franco in 1999 while they were shooting together for the romantic comedy movie “Whatever It Takes”; they dated for the following three years before splitting for unknown reasons. James went on to date over 10 women in the following two decades, and since July 2017 has been in a relationship with American actress and model Isabel Pakzad.
In 2004, Marla began dating Alec Puro, a musician who is currently playing the drums for the industrial rock/metal band Deadsy. The two married in a private ceremony attended by their closest friends and family members on 7 November 2009, and in 2012 Marla gave birth to their daughter Elliotte Anne, followed by their second daughter Olive Mae in 2015.
Marla hasn’t spoken about any other men she has perhaps been with, so as of March 2021 she’s married to Alec Puro and has two daughters.
Hobbies and other interests
Marla has been interested in music since she was five, and is today a guitar collector and a music writer. She was a member of the band Smittin, while she’s today performing solo around Los Angeles, California.
She’s a huge dog-lover, and had a pet dog called Coco which could’ve been seen featured in many of her Instagram pictures. Coco died aged 16 and a half in 2020.
Marla’s afraid of cancer as both her grandmothers had it, one of her best friends died of it, while her mother’s best friend is currently fighting it.
She has her own favorite actors and actresses, some of whom are Shane West, Mandy Moore and Lauren German, and a couple of her favorite movies are “A Walk to Remember”, “The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen”, and “Dracula 2000”.
Age, measurements and net worth
Marla’s age is 40. She has long brown hair and blue eyes, her height is 5ft 2ins (1.57m) and she weighs around 105lbs (48kgs).
As of March 2021, her net worth has been estimated at over $500,000.