Born: October 18, 1990
Birthplace: 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 Elisabeth Shue and Andrew Shue.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.
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 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 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: 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 (ages 12-18).
Her recent 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.
|2003||The Lizzie McGuire Movie||Melina Bianco|||
|2005||We All Fall Down||Charity|
|2007||Eye of the Dolphin||Alyssa|||
|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|||
|2017||One of Us||Venus|
|1997-2003||Port Charles||Serena Baldwin||Contract role|||
|1997-2001, 2017||General Hospital||Serena Baldwin||Recurring role|||
|2000||Growing Up Brady||Susan Olsen||Television film||[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)|