Step by Step
An American veteran actress of theater, film and television, Christine Lakin came to the fore as Suzanne Somers and Patrick Duffy’s wisecracking daughter, Alicia “Al” Lambert on the hit situation comedy “Step By Step” (ABC/ CBS, 1991-1998). For her striking performance, she took home two Young Artist nominations, as well as was heralded by The Hollywood Reporter as “One to Watch” in 1991.
Since the series left the airways, the talented performer has starred in a number of independent and studio films, including Whatever It Takes (2000), Big Monster on Campus/Boltneck (2000), Who’s Your Daddy? (2003), Reefer Madness: The Movie Musical (2005) and In Memory of My Father (2005). Additionally, she has appeared in guest starring and recurring roles in dozens of popular television shows like “7th Heaven,” “Boston Public,” “Touched By An Angel,” “Opposite Sex” and “Veronica Mars.” In 2003, Lakin scored a hit with the musical production of “Sneaux!,” originating the role of Darla/Sissy.
Recently appearing on the television film Mystery Woman: At First Sight (2006) and in several TV shows, including MTV’s comedy “Wild ‘N Out,” Lakin is set to play roles in the forthcoming films Shut In (2006), Garry Marshall’s Georgia Rule (2007) and Andy Fickman’s The Game Plan (2007).
Lakin, who graduated Cum Laude from UCLA in 2003, is also interested in writing and producing, in addition to acting. A year after graduating, she formed Rumple Seat Productions with long-time friend and actress Corri English. She has penned a one-woman stage show based on her life entitled “My TGIF True Hollywood Story,” which debuted in Los Angeles in 2005.
Childhood and Family:
Christine Helen Lakin was born on January 25, 1979, in Dallas, Texas. She spent her childhood traveling with her family before they eventually settled in Atlanta, Georgia, where Christine was raised. She completed high school at the Lovett School in Atlanta, GA, in 1997 and then went to UCLA, where she graduated Cum Laude with a B.A in Communications in 2003.
The Texas native whose nickname is Lil LaKim is now a resident of Los Angeles.
Dallas-born, Atlanta-raised Christine Lakin started acting in theater at age 7 by joining the Atlanta workshop players, a group which performs in schools and in the Atlanta metro area. Assignments in numerous regional and national commercials for major NY ads companies soon followed, and at age 11, she made her TV-film bow in the TNT civil war flick The Rose and the Jackal, where she played young Rose, opposite Christopher Reeve.
Lakin’s big breakthrough arrived a year later when she landed the role of Alicia “Al” Lambert in the sitcom “Step by Step.” Starring Suzanne Somers and Patrick Duffy, the show became a hit and its success helped put Lakin’s career on the rise. Her impressive performance as the tomboyish daughter even handed Lakin a 1993 Young Artist nomination for Best Young Actress Starring in a Television Series. Along with other young cast, including Angela Watson and Josh Byrne, she also shared a 1994 Young Artist nod for Outstanding Youth Ensemble in a Television Series.
After the Friday night hit series was called off in 1998 (because of low ratings), Lakin went on working on television, guest starring on episodes of such well-liked shows as “7th Heaven” (1998), “Promised Land,” “3rd Rock From the Sun” (both 1999), “Odd Man Out,” “Seven Days,” “Opposite Sex” (all 2000), as well as “Touched By An Angel” and “Boston Public” (both 2002), and appearing on TV films Tim Burton’s Lost in Oz (2000) and Ruling Class (2001). During the same time, she also extended her resume into such independent films as Big Monster on Campus/Boltneck (2000, opposite Ryan Reynolds), Finding Kelly (2000), Eyes of Fire (2001), which won Best Picture at the Houston Film Festival, and Jungle Juice (2001, played Christopher Walken’s daughter). Teen comedy Whatever It Takes (2000), starring Shane West and Marla Sokoloff, was her first wide theatrical movie release. In 2002, Lakin petrified viewers at short film festival across the country with her supporting role as the crucial scheming girlfriend in the Aaron Fishman-directed Getting Out, starring Chad Allen and Brian Chase.
The following years saw Lakin star in the teen comedy Who’s Your Daddy? (2003), which was written and helmed by award-winning theater director Andy Fickman and starring brilliant talents Lin Shaye, Dave Thomas and Martin Starr, among others, costar in director Joseph A. Pineda’s Going Down (2003) and appear in the made-for-TV film Combustion (2004). She resurfaced on stage with the World Premiere of the musical “Sneaux!” at the Matrix Theater in Los Angeles in 2003. There, she originates the role of Darla/Sissy. The successful play also starred NY theater alum and Veronica Mars actress Kristin Bell, and Tony-award winner Robert Torti.
After Dirty Famous (2005, TV), and Talking in Your Sleep (2005), a dark, grumpy tale of a abandoned housewife who discovers she can escape her aloneness and improve a sense of interaction with her husband by having conversations with him while he’s talking in his sleep, Lakin rejoined director Andy Fickman on Reefer Madness: The Movie Musical (2005), portraying Joan of Arc. The film screened at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival, the 2005 Sarasota Film Festival and the 2005 Berlin Film Festival, as well as aired as a Showtime original in April 2005. The same year, she also appeared with Jeremy Sisto, Judy Greer, Monet Mazur, Eric Michael Cole and Nichole Tom in the highly anticipated independent film In Memory of My Father, had supporting role in the comedy film Suits on the Loose (2005), as well as guest starring in an episode of the hit series “Veronica Mars.”
Recently, Lakin played Francy in the television film Mystery Woman: At First Sight (2006), had a recurring role as Sydney in the series “Sons & Daughters” (2006) and guest starred in such shows as “One on One” and “CSI: Miami” (both 2006). She also appeared as one of the regular cast of the MTV “Wild ‘N Out” (2006), an improv comedy show similar in formation to “Whose Line Is It, Anyway?”
Lakin will costar with Lisa Vidal and David Chisum in the thriller film Shut In (2006), as Tammy, and team up with director Garry Marshall in the drama film Georgia Rule (2007), starring Jane Fonda, Lindsay Lohan, Felicity Huffman and Dermot Mulroney. She is also scheduled to re-team with Andy Fickman for his newest comedy film, The Game Plan, for 2007 release.