Marla Sokoloff

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Marla Sokoloff
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Sokoloff in a promotional photo
Marla Lynne Sokoloff

(1980-12-19) December 19, 1980 (age 40)
Years active1993–present
(m. 2009)

Marla Lynne Sokoloff (SOCK-oloff) (born December 19, 1980) is an American actress. She is known for playing Lucy Hatcher on the legal drama television series The Practice, and Gia Mahan on Full House and Fuller House. She has also appeared in films True Crime (1996), Dude, Where's My Car? (2000), Sugar & Spice (2001) and Love on the Side (2004).[1]

Early life[edit]

Sokoloff was born in San Francisco, to Cindi (née Sussman) and Howard Sokoloff, a former caterer and podiatrist. Her family is Jewish[2] and originates from Russia and Germany. She graduated from the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts, where she studied music and theatre.[1]


Sokoloff began acting at age 12 when she was cast as Gia Mahan in the sitcom Full House. She was originally to play Topanga Lawrence in ABC's Boy Meets World and had even filmed a few scenes. However, the part was subsequently given to Danielle Fishel. In 1998, Sokoloff landed the role of receptionist Lucy Hatcher in the legal television drama series The Practice. Along with other popular appearances, she is well-remembered as Joey's pregnant sister, Dina, in season 8 of Friends. She also had a three-episode stint as nanny Claire in the comedy-drama series Desperate Housewives.[1]

In 2000, she played Maggie Carter in the teen romance film Whatever It Takes.

In November 2006, she starred in the ABC television series Big Day, which ended on January 30, 2007. She also made a guest appearance in an episode of Burn Notice, where she played Melanie, working undercover as a receptionist at a Miami art gallery whose owner had murdered her character's father.

Sokoloff also has starred in several movies, including Whatever It Takes, The Climb, The Tollbooth, Dude, Where's My Car?, Sugar & Spice and Love on the Side.

In 2008, Sokoloff starred alongside Paul Campbell, Andy Griffith, Doris Roberts and Liz Sheridan in the romantic comedy Play the Game. She also voices the Glatorian Kiina in Bionicle: The Legend Reborn. She played Imogene O'Neill in the mini series Meteor.

In 2012, she starred in the television film A Christmas Wedding Date.[3]

Personal life[edit]

Sokoloff dated actor James Franco for five years after they met on the set of Whatever It Takes in 1999.[4]

In 2004, she began dating Deadsy drummer Alec Puro. They married on November 7, 2009,[5] and have two daughters, Elliotte Anne (born February 8, 2012)[6] and Olive Mae (born March 13, 2015).[7]



Year Title Role Notes
1993 So I Married an Axe Murderer Alcatraz Visitor Uncredited
1995 The Baby-Sitters Club Margarite 'Cokie' Mason
1996 True Crime Vicki Giordano
1997 The Date Stacey Short film
1998 The Climb Leslie Himes
2000 Whatever It Takes Maggie Carter
2000 Dude, Where's My Car? Wilma
2001 Sugar & Spice Lisa Janusch
2001 Prairie Dogs Starlett Short film
2004 Freshman Orientation Marjorie
2004 Love on the Side Eve Stuckley
2004 The Tollbooth Sarabeth Cohen
2005 The Drive Rachel Short film
2005 Crazylove Ruth Mayer
2009 Play the Game Julie Larabee
2009 Bionicle: The Legend Reborn Kiina
2009 The Flower Girl Laurel
2010 Gifts for Christmas Della
2011 The Chateau Meroux Wendy
2011 Scents and Sensibility Marianne Dashwood
2016 Do You Take This Man Zoe
2017 A Happening of Monumental Proportions Mindy
2018 Preschool in L.A. Miss Allison Short film
2020 Home, But Not Alone Mom Short film
TBA Rosé All Day Director Filming


Year Title Role Notes
1993 Boy Meets World Paige Episode: "Cory's Alternative Friends"
1993–1995 Full House Gia Mahan 8 episodes
1994 Step by Step Marissa Episode: "Thirteen with a Bullet"
1995 Freaky Friday Rachel French TV film
1995 Home Improvement Paige Episode: "Let Them Eat Cake"
1995–1996 Party of Five Jody Lynch 7 episodes
1996 3rd Rock from the Sun Dina Episode: "Post-Nasal Dick"
1997 Over the Top Gwen Martin 11 episodes
1998 7th Heaven Jen Episode: "Nothing Endures But Change"
1998–2004 The Practice Lucy Hatcher Series regular, 113 episodes
2001 Strange Frequency Darcy King Segment: "More Than a Feeling"
2001 Night Visions Julia Episode: "My So-Called Life and Death"
2001 Friends Dina Tribbiani Episode: "The One with Monica's Boots"
2003 A Date with Darkness: The Trial and Capture of Andrew Luster Connie TV film
2004–2005 Desperate Housewives Claire Episodes: "Suspicious Minds", "Come Back to Me", "Move On"
2005 Christmas in Boston Gina TV film
2006 Modern Men Molly Clark 3 episodes
2006–2007 Big Day Alice Main role, 12 episodes
2008 Alyx Alyx TV film
2009 Burn Notice Melanie Episode: "Seek and Destroy"
2009 Meteor Imogene O'Neil Miniseries
2009 Maneater Jennifer Ellenback Miniseries
2009 Bionicle: The Legend Reborn Kiina Video; voice role
2009 Drop Dead Diva Mia Reynolds Episode: "Crazy"
2009 Flower Girl Laurel Haverford TV film
2010 Gift of the Magi Della Young TV film
2011 CSI: NY Abigail West Episode: "Party Down"
2012 A Christmas Wedding Date Rebecca TV film
2013 Melissa & Joey Dr. Chelsea Mullins Episode: "Can't Hardly Wait"
2014 Mind Games Jane Episode: "Texts, Lies and Audiotapes"
2014 The Fosters Dani Kirkland 11 episodes
2015 Grey's Anatomy Glenda Castillo Episodes: "Staring at the End", "The Distance"
2015 Hot in Cleveland Chloe Episode: "Kitchen Nightmare"
2016 Summer in the City Mindy TV film
2016–2020 Fuller House Gia Mahan-Harmon 8 episodes (Reprised role from Full House)
2018 Hollywood Darlings Marla Episode: "Y2K"
2019 The Road Home for Christmas Lindsey TV film


  1. ^ a b c Carter, Brooke (2017-01-24). "What Happened to Marla Sokoloff - News & Updates". Gazette Review. Retrieved 2019-07-03.
  2. ^ Nicole Roberge. "On Her Own: Marla Sokoloff". Archived from the original on 2010-11-26. Retrieved 2010-08-01.
  3. ^ "'A Christmas Wedding Date': This Weekend's Lifetime Movie Is A Romantic Holiday Comedy, Starring Marla Sokoloff". The Inquisitr. 2016-12-08. Retrieved 2021-02-17.
  4. ^ Dinh, Mai; Janet Murphy. "James Franco Biography". People.
  5. ^ Elavsky, Cindy (October 23, 2009). "Marla Sokoloff Remembers Her "Full House" Days". Celebrity Extra. Retrieved October 26, 2009.
  6. ^ "Marla Sokoloff Welcomes Daughter Elliotte Anne". 8 February 2012.
  7. ^ Leon, Anya; Michaud, Sarah (March 17, 2015). "Marla Sokoloff Welcomes Daughter Olive Mae". People. Retrieved March 17, 2015.

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