Perhaps best known
as Serena Baldwin, the adorable quick-witted daughter of Scotty Baldwin
and Lucy Coe on two daytime dramas: "General Hospital" and "Port
Charles", gifted young actress Carly Schroeder has displayed talent and
versatility across a spectrum of entertainment media.
In addition to completing over 480 episodes in six years as Serena
Baldwin, Schroeder guest-starred on 12 episodes of The Disney Channel's
number one show "Lizzie McGuire" as Melina Bianco, a devilish, free
spirited, prankster and best friend to Matt McGuire, a role she reprised
to the delight of film audiences everywhere in The Lizzie McGuire Movie.
Other feature film portrayals include her recent star turn as the title
character in Gracie, opposite Dermot Malroney and Elizabeth Shue.
Directed by Academy Award-winning director Davis Guggenheim (An
Inconvenient Truth), and produced by Elizabeth Shue and Andrew Shue.
Gracie is based on Elizabeth's real life story of overcoming the loss of
her brother and her struggle as a teenager in the 70's to give young
women the right to play competitive soccer. In order to prepare for the
role, Schroeder trained for several months with former captain of the
Los Angeles Galaxy soccer team.
In 2005, she was featured in the Warner Bros. action thriller Firewall,
playing the daughter of Harrison Ford and Virginia Madsen. The
same year she filmed Eye of the Dolphin in the Bahamas. This independent
film has received critical acclaim, including a "Best Child Actor" award
for Carly at the International Family Film Festival! The day Eye
of the Dolphin wrapped the adventurous Schroeder expanded her
repertoire, by flying to South Africa, to work with lions in the
thriller Prey. This is a story about an American family that gets
stranded while on a wild animal safari in the middle of South Africa.
In 2004, Carly
starred in the Independent Spirit Award-winning film Mean Creek. This
was her first feature outing.
In addition to her film and daytime television roles, Schroeder
co-starred as Cindy Brady in the TV movie Growing Up Brady and has
guest-starred as Molly on "Dawson's Creek", and most recently turned in
a heart-wrenching performance in "Cold Case" as an abused child that has
been accused of murder many years after the crime took place.
Schroeder has done modeling for such internationally known companies as
Abercrombie & Fitch and Jessica McClintock and has also appeared in
dozens of television commercials, including her favorite for GOT MILK?
In her free time, she enjoys horseback riding, grappling , fencing,
scuba diving, soccer, and surfing.
Carly portrayed Serena Baldwin, the adorable
smart-witted daughter of Scotty Baldwin and Lucy Coe on (Not
one but TWO) Soap Operas: General Hospital
and the sister-show Port Charles. She has completed
over 480 episodes in the past six years as Serena Baldwin.
Carly added 12 episodes of comedy to her
resume by Guest Staring on Disney Channel's number one show
Lizzie McGuire. She resumed her role as Melina Bianco,
a devilish, free-spirited, prankster and best friend to Matt McGuire in
The Lizzie McGuire Movie. Carly stepped into the ring
with THE ROCK for the Best D*** Sports Show
Period. And on the George Lopez show, Carly
earned the role of a 15 year-old when she was only eleven. Carly has
provided her voice in two movies, Babe Pig in the City
and Toy Story 2. She played Molly on
Dawson's Creek and Cindy Brady in the movie
Growing up Brady. She has appeared in dozens of commercials.
Her most favorite was GOT MILK?
Carly filmed the movie Mean Creek in
Oregon. This was the best filming experience to date because the director, Jacob Estes, was so passionate about the
film he wrote. Carly was thrilled to participate when Mean
Creek premiered in Utah for Sundance and also
in France for Cannes. Carly along with her cast members
won a special distinction award at the Independent Spirit Awards in
addition to the John Cassavetes Award for best picture made under
Carly has most recently added a thrilling
performance in Cold Case as an abused child that has been accused of
murder 13 years later. Carly was fortunate to be chosen to model for
Abercrombie and Finch's 2005 quarterly catalog.
In 2005, Carly stayed very busy with four
movies. In January, she filmed a student film called We All
Fall Down. Then she headed to Canada to play Harrison Ford and
Virginia Madsen's daughter in Firewall. She then flew
to the Grand Bahamas to star in Eye of the Dolphin. A
troubled teenage girl that meets her marine biologist father for the
first time. Carly then boarded a plane and headed to South Africa where
she traded in her beloved dolphins to work with lions in the
thriller Prey. Bridget Moyanhan plays Carly's new step-mom.
This movie is about an American family that gets stranded while on a
wild animal safari way out in the middle on South Africa.
Carly spent the early part of 2006
modeling for Jessica McClintock, and then she completed an amazing
soccer film called Gracie. Gracie has been her most challenging
role to date because she had grueling training everyday for 2 1/2 months
to became Gracie.
At the age of three, Carly started doing print work in Chicago for
Sears, K-Mart, Spiegel, Lands End, Chuck E. Cheese, and many
others print agencies. You may still find her posters in hair salons.
When she turned five, a producer, Bob Ebel liked her extra spark of
enthusiasm and asked her to do a few commercials. It was one of these
commercials (Shake n’ Bake) that landed her the role of Serena
ABC was looking for a child to play Kin Shriner’s (Scotty
Baldwin) daughter. Kin asked ABC if he could play a part in selecting
the tyke who would be his co-star. Two weeks before a decision had to be
made, ABC was down to five girls, and Carly’s Shake n’ Bake
commercial began to air. Kin said that every time he turned on the tube
there was this blonde-haired, blue-eyed, quirky, little girl that made
He immediately showed the commercial to casting director Mark Teschner and executive producer, Wendy Riche. They agreed to fly Carly
out from the Midwest for the testing. With her honest friendly attitude,
Carly won over Kin and the Producers. When leaving the auditioning room
Carly said, "Hey you all should come back to our hotel. They put us up
in a real nice one with a pool." Not knowing the "THEY" were
standing right there in front of her. Carly came home to Valparaiso,
Indiana ,with a 4 year contract and a best friend (KIN) for life.
father and daughter duo teamed up, making their acting seem so genuinely
believable on both General Hospital and Port
Charles. They have performed over 480 episodes on Port Charles
alone. Carly has been nominated twice for a Young Artist Award. She
was nominated in 1999 for the YOUNG STAR AWARDS as "Best Performance By
A Young Actress in a Daytime TV Program" by the Hollywood Reporter.
Carly’s voice can be heard in two films, "Babe Pig in the City"
and "Toy Story 2". Some of her more recent commercials are
Barbie, Cabbage Patch, and the Got Milk? campaign. Her
Got Milk commercial is now airing in England and Australia on "Worlds
In 2000, Carly portrayed Susan Olsen/Cindy
Brady in the movie "Growing up Brady". She also flew to North
Carolina twice in the fall of 2000 to film two episodes of "Dawson’s
2001, Carly completed a McDonald’s and an
Enterprise-rental-car commercial. April was extremely busy with
shooting a pilot for Disney called Web Girl-Virtually Casey,
appearing on Disney's number one show Lizzie McGuire, looping
for Soapgrams.com, and working as Serena Baldwin.
finished 12 episodes on Lizzie McGuire to close out the filming
schedule. In addition, she can be seen in the The Lizzie
McGuire Movie as her devilish character Melina Bianco. She
worked with the ROCK for Fox News and on The
George Lopez Show plus continued her role as Serena
Baldwin on both of the soaps.
Carly spent the
summer of 2003 filming a lead role, Millie, in Mean Creek.
Carly also participated in Mean Creek's premiers at Sundance and Cannes.
In 2004, Carly toured with Mean Creek until its August premiere.
Carly completed a thriller on Cold Case and modeled for Abercrombie and
In 2005, Carly completed 4 movies. We all Fall Down
was a student film. Carly played Harrison Ford and Virginia
Madsen's daughter in Firewall. She starred in a family film
called Eye of the Dolphin set in the Bahamas with Katherine Ross,
George Harris, and Jane Lynch. Carly filmed Prey in
South Africa with Bridget Moyanhan.
In 2006,Carly's intense training
for a soccer movie called Gracie proved to be the most
challenging role to date. She portrayed
Elizabeth Shue struggling against all odds in the 70's to play on
a boys soccer team.
Prey came out on DVD in January. May brought about the exciting
Gracie tour where Carly toured 19 cities in 33 days to promote
Gracie. Meanwhile Eye of the Dolphin received
many awards at film festivals including "Best Child Actor" International
Family Film Festival. Both Gracie and Eye of the Dolphin
went up against large studio films at the theater during the