Between movies and television, Marla Sokoloff established herself as a prominent teen actress in the late '90s. Raised in San Francisco, Sokoloff moved to Los Angeles in 1994. While studying theater and music at the Los Angeles County High School of the Arts, she played guest-starring roles on such youth-friendly TV series as Fox's Party of Five and The WB's 7th Heaven, and appeared in the Alicia Silverstone thriller True Crime (not to be mistaken for the 1999 Clint Eastwood vehicle) and the girl-bonding movie The Babysitter's Club (1995). Though she had a small part in the French-New Zealand adventure story The Climb (1997), Sokoloff opted to stick with Hollywood. After joining the cast of ABC's much lauded David E. Kelley series The Practice in 1998 as Lucy, a receptionist with attitude, she soon began landing starring roles in teen comedies. The pretty object of various bumbling affections in the adolescent Cyrano de Bergerac retread Whatever It Takes (2000) and the stoner comedy Dude, Where's My Car? (2000), Sokoloff was poised to take center stage in the cheerleader-turned-bank robber romp Sugar & Spice (2001). She had a prominent guest turn on Friends, playing Joey's pregnant sister. Once The Practice ended, Sokoloff stuck to guest roles and TV movies, with a recurring role on Desperate Housewives, guest spots on CSI:NY and Grey's Anatomy.
Biography by Lucia Bozzola
- Began acting in local San Francisco theater at age 7.
- First TV appearance came in 1993, when she landed a recurring role on Full House.
- Was the singer and rhythm guitarist for L.A. rock band Smitten, before striking out on her own for a solo career in the mid-2000s.
- Lent her voice to the animated fantasy film Bionicle: The Legend Reborn (2009).
- Created a line of custom-made guitar straps called Kiss My Axe.