Carly Schroeder
Carly Schroeder


Carly Brook Schroeder
October 18, 1990
Valparaiso, Indiana, U.S.



Carly Brook Schroeder (born October 18, 1990) is an American film and television actress. 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 Elizabeth Shue and Andrew Shue.

Early Life

Schroeder was born in Valparaiso, Indiana, she is of German descent. 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, Land's 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.


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 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 2006 International Family Film Festival: 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 in October, Schroeder received the award for Best Emerging Actress, while the film received the Best Feature Award.

Her recent movies are Forget Me Out (2009) and Slightly Single in L.A., which completed filming in 2009 and was released in 2012. She had finished filming Creepers (2011), which has not yet been released. She also finished filming "Prep School", in the role of Kyra Matheson; this was a drama which was scheduled to be released sometime in 2013.

Schroeder graduated from high school in 2009. She attended college and finished with a double major in communications and psychology, and a minor in theater.



Year Title Role
2000 Growing Up Brady Susan Olsen
2003 The Lizzie McGuire Movie Melina Bianco
2004 Mean Creek Millie
2005 We All Fall Down Charity
2006 Firewall Sarah Stanfield
2007 Gracie Gracie Bowen
Prey Jessica Newman
Eye of the Dolphin Alyssa
2008 Prayers for Bobby Joy Griffith
2009 Forget Me Not Sandy Channing
2011 Rites of Passage Carly
2012 Slightly Single in L.A. Becca
2013 Prep School Kyra Matheson


Year Title Role
1997-2003 Port Charles Serena Baldwin
1997-2001 General Hospital Serena Baldwin
2000 Dawson's Creek Molly Sey
2001-2003 Lizzie McGuire Melina Bianco
2002 George Lopez Ashley
2003 Cold Case Brandi Beaudry
2008 Ghost Whisperer Lisa Benzing
2009 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Kim Garnet