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 38)
Years active1993–present
Alec Puro (m. 2009)

Marla Lynne Sokoloff (born December 19, 1980) is an American actress. She is known for playing Lucy Hatcher on the legal drama television series The Practice, Claire on comedy-drama series Desperate Housewives and Gia Mahan on ABC's sitcom Full House and Fuller House.[1] She has also appeared in films True Crime (1996), Dude, Where's My Car? (2000), Sugar & Spice (2001) and Love on the Side (2004).[2]

Early life[edit]

Marla Lynne Sokoloff was born in San Francisco, to Cindi (née Sussman) and Howard Sokoloff, a former caterer and podiatrist, respectively. Her family is Jewish[3] and originates from Russia and Germany. Sokoloff graduated from the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts, where she took classes in music and theatre.[2]


Sokoloff began acting at age 12 when she was cast as Gia Mahan in the sitcom Full House.[1] She was originally cast to play Topanga Lawrence in ABC’s hit sitcom Boy Meets World and had even filmed a few scenes, however the part was later recast with Danielle Fishel. In 1998, Sokoloff landed the role of receptionist Lucy Hatcher in the legal drama television series The Practice. Along with other popular appearances, she is well-remembered as Joey's pregnant sister, Dina, in season 8 of Friends. Sokoloff also had a three-episode stint as nanny Claire in the comedy-drama series Desperate Housewives.[2]

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.[citation needed]

Personal life[edit]

After meeting on the set of Whatever It Takes in 1999, she dated co-star James Franco for five years.[4]

In 2004, Sokoloff began dating Deadsy drummer Alec Puro. The couple married on November 7, 2009[5] and have two daughters: Elliotte Anne (b. 2012)[6] and Olive Mae (b. 2015).[7][8]



Year Title Role Notes
1993 So I Married an Axe Murderer Alcatraz Visitor Uncredited[citation needed]
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
2010 BIONICLE: The Legend Reborn Kiina
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


Year Title Role Notes
1993 Boy Meets World Paige Episode: "Cory's Alternative Friends"
1993–95 Full House Gia Mahan 8 episodes
1994 Step by Step Marissa Episode: "Thirteen with a Bullet"
1995 Freaky Friday Rachel French Movie
1995 Home Improvement Paige Episode: "Let Them Eat Cake"
1995–96 Party of Five Jody Lynch 7 episodes
1996 3rd Rock from the Sun Dina Episode: "Post-Nasal Dick"
1997 Over the Top Gwen Martin Series regular, 11 episodes
1998 7th Heaven Jen Episode: "Nothing Endures But Change"
1998–04 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 Movie
2004–05 Desperate Housewives Claire Episodes: "Suspicious Minds", "Come Back to Me", "Move On"
2005 Christmas in Boston Gina Movie
2006 Modern Men Molly Clark 3 episodes
2006–07 Big Day Alice Main role, 12 episodes
2008 Alyx Alyx Movie
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 (voice) Video
2009 Drop Dead Diva Mia Reynolds Episode: "Crazy"
2009 Flower Girl Laurel Haverford Movie
2010 Gift of the Magi Della Young Movie
2011 CSI: NY Abigail West Episode: "Party Down"
2012 A Christmas Wedding Date Rebecca Movie
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 Movie
2016–Present Fuller House Gia Mahan 8 episodes
2018 Hollywood Darlings Marla Episode: "Y2K"


  1. ^ a b "Where Is Gia From 'Full House' These Days?". Bustle. Retrieved 2019-07-03.
  2. ^ a b c Carter, Brooke (2017-01-24). "What Happened to Marla Sokoloff - News & Updates". Gazette Review. Retrieved 2019-07-03.
  3. ^ Nicole Roberge. "On Her Own: Marla Sokoloff". Archived from the original on 2010-11-26. Retrieved 2010-08-01.
  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's Blog: Meet Elliotte Anne!". People. March 14, 2012. Retrieved July 22, 2013.
  7. ^ Leon, Anya; Michaud, Sarah (March 17, 2015). "Marla Sokoloff Welcomes Daughter Olive Mae". People. Retrieved March 17, 2015.
  8. ^ "Sleepover Soiree! All the Details of Marla Sokoloff's Daughter Elliotte's Seventh Birthday Bash". Retrieved 2019-07-03.

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