Carly Schroeder

Carly Brook Schroeder (born October 18, 1990) is an American actress and U.S. Army officer. She is best known for playing Serena Baldwin, the daughter of Scotty Baldwin and Lucy Coe in the General Hospital spin-off Port Charles. She also had a recurring role on the Disney Channel's Lizzie McGuire. In 2007, she played the lead in Gracie, a film inspired by a real-life tragedy during the childhood of actors Elisabeth Shue and Andrew Shue.

Carly Schroeder
Carly Brook Schroeder

(1990-10-18) October 18, 1990
OccupationActress, soldier
Years active1995–present
Military career
Allegiance United States
Service/branch United States Army
Years of service2019–present
Rank Second Lieutenant

In February 2019, Schroeder announced that she would be joining the United States Army. She attended Officer Candidate School and plans on working as an officer in the Military Intelligence Corps.[1] Schroeder received her commission as a Second Lieutenant on September 20, 2019.[2]

Life and career

Schroeder was born in Valparaiso, Indiana. Carly's younger brother, Hunter Schroeder, is also an actor; he has appeared with her in Gracie and Eye of the Dolphin. Her parents Paul and Kelli Schroeder currently reside in Ventura County, California. In 1993, while accompanying a cousin to an acting audition, the casting director asked if the cute three-year-old would consider working for them. At first, her mother was hesitant about the question, but things such as money for a college education began to appeal to her. After her first job as a child print model, she began doing print work in Chicago for Sears, Roebuck and Company, Kmart, Spiegel, Lands' End, Chuck E. Cheese's and many other print advertisers. Two years later in 1995, child director Bob Ebel asked her to do a few television commercials. One of her first commercials was for Birthday Party Barbie in 1998.

In 1997, American Broadcasting Company (ABC) hired Schroeder to play Serena Baldwin on Port Charles. She was twice nominated for a Young Artist Award for her work on the show; once in 1999 and again in 2000, as well as a Young Star Award[3] nomination in 1999 for Best Performance by a Young Actress in a Daytime TV Program.

Schroeder then appeared as Melina Bianco in The Disney Channel's Lizzie McGuire. Originally booked as a one-time appearance, she shot twelve episodes of the show and also appeared in The Lizzie McGuire Movie in 2003, in the same role.

In 2003, Schroeder auditioned for her first feature film and won the role of Millie in the thriller Mean Creek. The movie won wide acclaim for Schroeder and the rest of the cast, winning the Humanitas Prize at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival, and also being awarded the 2005 Independent Spirit Festival[4] Special Distinction Award for best ensemble cast.

Gracie was Shroeder's next film role, in 2006. In order to win the role, she began an intense three-month work-out that included a daily regimen of not only physical fitness, but also of training in advanced soccer skills with professional athletes and trainers.

While Gracie was in theaters, Schroeder's other movie, Eye of the Dolphin, was receiving attention, winning two awards from the 2007 International Family Film Festival:[5] a Best Child Actor win for Schroeder, and a Drama Feature win for the movie. The movie has been well received and continues to receive honors, including being named as an Official Selection for the Tribeca Film Festival, Delray Beach Film Festival, Kids First! Film Festival, Tiburon Film Festival, USA Family Film Festival and the Worldfest Houston Film festival.

At the 2007 Kids First Awards[6] in October, Schroeder received the award for Best Emerging Actress, while the film received the Best Feature Award (ages 12–18).

Her other movies are Forget Me Not (2009), and Slightly Single in L.A., which completed filming in 2009 and was released in 2012. She was also featured in the film Creepers (2011) and Prep School (2015), in the role of Kyra Matheson.

Schroeder graduated from Thousand Oaks High School in June 2009, and graduated from California Lutheran University in 2014 with a double major in communications and psychology, and a minor in theater.

In early July 2017, it was announced that Schroeder would return as Serena Baldwin to General Hospital to honor the late Peter Hansen, who had died in April 2017, who had portrayed her grandfather, Lee Baldwin.[7][8]



Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2003 The Lizzie McGuire Movie Melina Bianco [9]
2004 Mean Creek Millie [10]
2005 We All Fall Down Charity
2006 Firewall Sarah Stanfield [11]
2007 Gracie Gracie Bowen [12][13]
2007 Prey Jessica Newman
2007 Eye of the Dolphin Alyssa [14]
2009 Forget Me Not Sandy Channing
2011 Rites of Passage Carly
2012 Slightly Single in L.A. Becca
2015 Prep School Kyra Matheson Best Actress in a Dramatic Feature, 2015 Studio City International Film Festival [15]
2017 One of Us Venus
2018 Ouija House Laurie


Year Title Role Notes Ref.
1997–2003 Port Charles Serena Baldwin Contract role [16]
1997–2001, 2017 General Hospital Serena Baldwin Recurring role [7][8][16]
2000 Growing Up Brady Susan Olsen Television film [17][18][Note 1]
2000 Dawson's Creek Molly Sey Episodes: "A Family Way", "The Unusual Suspects"
2001 Virtually Casey Jennifer Collins Made-for-TV Movie directed by Ellen Gittelsohn
2001–2003 Lizzie McGuire Melina Bianco Recurring role
2002 George Lopez Ashley Episode: "Token of Unappreciation"
2003 Cold Case Brandi Beaudry Episode: "The Sleepover"
2008 Ghost Whisperer Lisa Benzing Episode: "Home But Not Alone"
2008 Prayers for Bobby Joy Griffith Television film (Lifetime)
2009 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Kim Garnet Episode: "Crush"
2018 Deadly Shores Anna Television film (Lifetime)


  • Special Distinction Award at Independent Spirit Awards for Mean Creek (2004)
  • Best Child Actor Award at Int. Family Film Festival for Eye of the Dolphin (2007)[19]
  • Best Emerging Actress at 2007 Kids First! Awards for Eye of the Dolphin
  • Best Actress at 2015 Studio City Film Festival for Prep School


  1. Based on the autobiography written by actor Barry Williams with Chris Kreski and a foreword by Robert Reed.


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