Marla creates custom guitar straps under the name "Kiss My Axe" Guitar Straps. The prices range from $50 - $120. She has made guitar straps for the likes of Sheryl Crow (Paisley Embroidery), Avril Lavigne (Skulls and Crossbones) and Britney Spears (Butterflies).
Marla has a collection of guitars. Her most favorite and the one she writes with is her Taylor acoustic.
Along with his castmates, Marla was nominated in the category of Outstanding Performance By An Ensemble In A Drama Series at the Screen Actors Guild Awards three years in a row (1999, 2000 and 2001) for The Practice.
Marla has a cat named Cleo and a dog named Coco.
In addition to the guitar, Marla also plays the clarinet and piano.
Off the screen, Marla describes herself as boring. She spends little time in the kitchen (she can't cook) and lots of time in the bathroom (she takes many baths).
Marla has appeared in commercials for McDonalds (1996), Golden Grahams (1993) and Pop Tarts.
When Marla was eleven years old, she performed the national anthem at an Oakland A's baseball game and for the USO.
Throughout March of 2006, Marla donated 20 percent of the sales from her Kiss My Axe guitar strap line to weSPARK, a cancer support center.
Marla's father, Howard, is a doctor. Her mother, Cindi, was a caterer and now manages Marla's career. Her brother is a chef.
Marla is 5'3".
On February 21, 2006, Marla released "Grateful," her debut album.
Marla decided not to do the cover of Stuff magazine, saying that "it just felt so wrong."
She used to play rhythm guitar and sing for band Smittin.
Marla has a Vista Venus guitar, designed and autographed by Courtney Love. The Squier Vista Venus model is no longer in production.
Marla: (on starring as the bride-to-be in Big Day) I always fell through the cracks and kind of got by, never got asked any questions and that was fine with me. But it's a whole different experience. I'm definitely a little terrified but I'm more excited.
Marla: (on the therapeutic aspect of writing music) It's very therapeutic and I feel like most of those songs (writing them at least) helped me get through said breakup. It gave me something to do besides cry!!
Marla: (on moving on to more adult roles after Whatever It Takes) I'm pretty sure this is it for the teen movie thing. It's so frustrating to read when you get to page 20 and you're like, Oy! It's the same thing again!
Marla: I think that's just how girls are. We have that maternal nature where we just want to fix everything and be there for everyone.
Marla: (on going from a drama to a comedy) I definitely felt like I wanted to do more comedy. It wasn't something that, as far as TV goes, I'd really touched on. Aside from a handful of guest appearances. Because I was on a show that was so serious, people really kind of pigeonholed me into that a little bit. I wanted to break out of that mold.
Marla: (on her screen kiss with Dylan McDermott) I was 17 and scared out of my mind. But after the fact, I was like, 'Yeah, I kissed Dylan McDermott.'. Now I feel pretty cool about it. It's way better than even going to the prom.
Marla: (on her work in commercials) I did spots for McDonald's, Pop Tarts and Golden Grahams. The last one was the worst. By the end of the day, I was like, 'Please don't give me even one more Golden Graham. I've eaten 10 boxes!'. For a couple of years I couldn't look at the box in my grocery store without getting sick.