Flower Girl Marla Sokoloff exclusive
The Practice may have made a star out of Marla Sokoloff, but one look at her acting resume and evidence of screen magic is magnanimous.
Sokoloff currently stars in Flower Girl from the classic cinema-for-television of The Hallmark Channel. The November 15 premiere of Flower Girl on the network hits TV screens at 8 pm.
Sokoloff phoned SheKnows for an exclusive chat about being a Flower Girl on the Hallmark Channel while simultaneously planning her own wedding and how wedding scenes from the film are inspiring her own nuptials.
Marla Sokoloff: Hello, Joel.
SheKnows: Well, hello, Marla, how are you?
Marla Sokoloff: I'm excellent, how are you?
SheKnows: I'm doing great, thanks for phoning SheKnows about your new Hallmark movie, Flower Girl. I have to start by asking what was it like just to spend time with Marion Ross?
Marla Sokoloff: (Laughs) It was amazing. She's such a talent and such a legend and an absolute sweetheart to boot. My favorite part of Marion was that she has kind of a wicked sense of humor. Every once and a while she would say something totally jolting that you would never expect Marion Ross to say (laughs).
SheKnows: What was the big appeal for you -- not just for Flower Girl -- but about your character in Flower Girl?
Marla Sokoloff: It's really funny. I got the job about a week after I got engaged in my real life.
SheKnows: You kidding! Congratulations.
Marla Sokoloff: Yeah! Thanks, I was really excited to be involved in a project that was wedding related. Because when you are engaged, that is really all you care about or want to talk about (laughs). So it was fun to be completely obsessed with it in my real life and go to work and dealing with beautiful flowers and trying on beautiful wedding dresses.
SheKnows: Talk about timing, too…
Marla Sokoloff: Yeah, it was very strange.
SheKnows: Did you get any ideas for your own wedding?
Marla Sokoloff: I did, it's funny, mainly flower ideas.
Marla Sokoloff: I took a lot of pictures and emailed them to my wedding planner when an arrangement would come in that I liked.
SheKnows: I wondered.
Marla Sokoloff: Laughs
SheKnows: The idea of the film, I think a lot of women can identify with that it is when they realize that maybe that person isn't out there, that in fact he arrives.
Marla Sokoloff: I think there's so much pressure on women to find "the one." Everybody's seems to think that there is the ideal man out there, but you really don't know who your ideal man is until he comes out of nowhere. I think the message of the movie is to not settle. I think that's really important because I think women feel the pressure to have children, get married…yeah, everybody wants that, but you need to do it with the right person. Lauren, in the movie, really stays true to her beliefs about waiting for the right person. I think it's a great message to send.
SheKnows: Absolutely, something that also strikes me, that the Hallmark movie is such a pop culture icon. For you to be a part of one here, what does that mean to you as an actress?
Marla Sokoloff: I grew up watching them. For me, it was exciting to be a part of the Hallmark family. (Laughs) I've always wanted to do a Hallmark movie because the Hallmark building is actually right by my house. So, whenever they have a movie on, they put up a billboard. Now, the Flower Girl billboard is finally up there. I always wondered if I'd ever be up there (laughs).
SheKnows: Well, there you go!
Marla Sokoloff: Exactly…
SheKnows: Honestly, that could be one of the reasons to do this movie…
Marla Sokoloff: Seriously (laughs)! It's definitely something you consider.
SheKnows: It is a big deal.
Marla Sokoloff: You know, it's funny. I've been doing this acting thing for so long now, my family is unfazed by what I do, but this Billboard is a big deal (laughs).
SheKnows: Working with David Kelley, that's fine…but a billboard…(laughs)
Marla Sokoloff: Your show won an Emmy, no big deal. You got a billboard? Yes! It's on!
SheKnows: What was that like working with David E Kelley on The Practice, the guy is prolific, but still at the end of the day, not a lot of actors get to work with him.
Marla Sokoloff: Completely prolific…and such a surreal experience. I was 17 when I got that job. I didn't understand the enormity of it all. David Kelly and this prestigious show and working with such amazing actors, it took me a couple of years to understand how massive that was and then when you get off of a show like that, it's not easy to back on a show like that. That's also when you realize, 'wow, I had a pretty awesome situation there.'