Marla Sokoloff in <EM>Christmas in Boston</EM> Marla Sokoloff in Christmas in Boston
Marla Sokoloff, who once manned the phones for Donnell, Young, Dole and Frutt on ABC's The Practice, returns to Beantown to spend

Christmas in Boston (premiering tonight at 8 pm/ET on ABC Family). In the romantic comedy, Sokoloff plays Gina, an obituaries editor who labors to dodge her first-ever in-person meet with Seth, a guy she has been e-mailing (and falling for) for years. The catch: Gina and Seth each have been representing themselves with photos of their respective best friends! Always a sucker for good old-fashioned online romance, TVGuide.com grabbed a few with Sokoloff to discuss the power of e-mail, baring it all for Doug Savant and the joy of "twin sister" Jennifer Garner's motherhood.

TVGuide.com: Are you a big e-mailer in real life?
Marla Sokoloff:
I'm a huge e-mailer, oh yeah. It's basically the only way I communicate with people now. [Laughs] For some reason, I have always hated the phone, so when the whole e-mail-Blackberry phenomenon happened, I was really happy because then you don't really have to talk to anybody!

TVGuide.com: Do you think you could ever fall for someone you had yet to meet in person?
Sokoloff:
I don't know.... There's definitely something intriguing about that. I've never been in that situation as far as [finding] love through e-mail, so it would be hard to say, but I do have a really good friend who is actually engaged to somebody she met that way, so I have some faith in the situation.

TVGuide.com: Hey, I also have a good friend who "met" his wife when she called in to his radio show. They didn't meet for months.
Sokoloff:
Oh my gosh, and they got married? That's so cute!

TVGuide.com: What is the moral we should take away from Christmas in Boston?
Sokoloff:
I think it's just not to hide who you are. Once you put yourself out there and fall for somebody, you can't go halfway. You can't have this huge love affair with somebody and not believe in yourself once it comes to fruition. It's all about trusting in who you are.

TVGuide.com: Here's a question: Why in the world would someone who looks like Marla Sokoloff not want her pen pal to know she looks like Marla Sokoloff?
Sokoloff:
Ha! Because the friend (played by Wrong Turn's Lindy Booth) whose picture I really sent is way hotter than me.

TVGuide.com: The redhead? Please. She's like a twig.
Sokoloff:
[Laughs] She's really tiny.

TVGuide.com: You have one of those Christmastime birthdays, on Dec. 19. Are you fed up with getting robbed on "combo" presents?
Sokoloff:
Oh yeah, yeah... I was always one of those little kids who when it came time to send our Christmas cards, I would always send them to my family saying I didn't want combined presents. I was such a brat about it! But now that I'm going to be 25... I have to say that I'm still like that. I just refuse combined presents. It's so rude! It's not right! It's the bane of my existence, really. [Laughs]

TVGuide.com: When is The Practice's Lucy going to pop up on Boston Legal?
Sokoloff:
I know, I always wondered the same thing. There are definitely those days where I am unemployed and bored and I'm thinking, "Should I call [the series' creator, David E. Kelley] right now and see if I could, like, pop in and do some extra work?"

TVGuide.com: Lucy was wrapped up in that whole rape-counseling thing, so who knows what kind of case she could need a consult on.
Sokoloff:
Exactly. I think it could happen, for sure. I'm always down to go back and work there.

TVGuide.com: Was it hard flashing Doug Savant on Desperate Housewives?
Sokoloff:
Oh, god, it really was, you have no idea. I had on some little panties and these, like, stickers... but it was basically me being naked — not anything fun. I was totally dieting and going to the gym like twice a day, and I was so happy once it was over, then like two days later something happened to the film and we had to reshoot it. I was like, "Please, any scene but this naked scene." I said to my manager, "It's not the scene where I'm naked, is it? Why?! Why can't it be the scene where I'm holding the damn baby?!"

TVGuide.com: "Something happened to the film"? Sounds like a production intern had a plan to leak outtakes onto the Internet.
Sokoloff:
Yeah, he kept it for his home videos. [Laughs]

TVGuide.com: I've had the pleasure of interviewing both Doug and Felicity Huffman in recent weeks, and they're both so nice. And Felicity, in person, is so much softer and even prettier than she appears on the show!
Sokoloff:
Oh, yeah. She is not only gorgeous and extremely talented, but I was really blown away by how nice those two were. Doug, you're almost like, "Are you a murderer in your off-time? What's your deal, because how can you be that nice?"

TVGuide.com: Tell me about MarlasMusic.com.
Sokoloff:
It's just this website that I've had for years. I'm about to put out a record in January that I'm releasing there, and I also have a line of guitar straps called Kiss My Axe that I sell.

TVGuide.com: Do you have sweatshop workers hard at work on those straps?
Sokoloff:
I do, I have sweatshop workers in my garage, sewing them all up....

TVGuide.com: How would you describe your musical stylings?
Sokoloff:
I would say somewhere between Aimee Mann and Sheryl Crow.

TVGuide.com: And the title of your forthcoming album?
Sokoloff:
I think it's going to be called Grateful, but that's tentative. I'm really not sure what it's going to be called.

TVGuide.com: Back when you guested on Full House, could you sense that the Olsen twins would grow up to be so "wild child"?
Sokoloff:
[Laughs] No, I could not tell. They were just two quiet, adorable children in my eyes.

TVGuide.com: They weren't burning up the Playskool phone trying to score an invite to the new and trendy day-care center?
Sokoloff:
No, no... c'mon, I was, like, 8 when I worked with them!

TVGuide.com: When do I get my Dude, Where's My Car sequel?
Sokoloff:
You know, for a while there were rumblings that there would be one, but I never heard anything.

TVGuide.com: It was disconcerting how convincing you and Jennifer Garner were as twin sisters. But not.
Sokoloff:
Yeah, there's like a 10-foot height difference between us!

TVGuide.com: She just had her baby [the day of this Q&A], did you hear?
Sokoloff:
She did?! Oh, great! That's so awesome! I've got to call her.

TVGuide.com: You should! Hey, my dog ate my Rolodex. Can you remind me what her number is again?
Sokoloff:
OK, hold on, let me go get it!