Actor Marla Sokoloff is no stranger to being in front of a camera. She basically grew up before our eyes, beginning her career at age 14 and appearing on television shows like Boy Meets World, Full House, Party of Five and Friends before transitioning to more adult roles on The Practice and Desperate Housewives. Now, at age 38, Sokoloff is transitioning to director, and she's making her network debut this weekend with the Lifetime holiday movie Christmas Hotel starring Tatyana Ali. Her association with the network is a long one, as she has appeared in many original films there, her most recent being The Road Home for Christmas (which also allowed her to display some impressive vocal talents). But for Sokoloff, moving behind the camera was a natural transition. “It's actually shocking how natural it feels to direct,” she revealed in an exclusive interview with MediaVillage. “I'm coming up on 29 years of being on sets acting, so I have spent quite a bit of time on them. It really feels like home and I love it -- every facet of it, right down to knowing what camera angles are going to make the actors look good. I've taken so many notes from directors on how to talk to actors over the years, which comes in really handy. It's being creative in a completely different way. It's exciting, but also scary because if something goes wrong or looks bad on camera, it's your fault.”
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