Remember Melina Bianco from the early 2000s Disney Channel TV show Lizzie McGuire? Well, the actress who played Melina Bianco is all grown up. Actress Carly Schroeder has decided to ditch her acting career in favor of joining the military.
The Lizzie McGuire gave an interview to TMZ where she revealed that she is leaving Hollywood to pursue a career in the U.S. Army. Carly Schroeder said she was accepted into Officer Candidate School and had already started training.
“I’ve been considering it for a while, and it is a big choice, but thankfully my parents and my little brother were very supportive of me,” said the 28-year-old actress. Cadet Carly’s father was a Green Beret and her brother is a Marine, so she definitely has military in her blood. Carly consulted her dad and talked about which branch of the military she should enlist and in the end, she selected the Army.
“Going into the military gives me an opportunity to better advocate for this (armed services) family I’m going to be a part of and it gives my voice more validity,” Schroeder said. “I also learned in college about human trafficking, and I think going into the military will actually teach me skills that can help me help others who have been affected by this.”
Last month, Carly Schroeder revealed that she was done playing characters and was a real woman of character by wanting to serve the country.
“For 22 years, I’ve played dress up for a living. As an actress I’ve been kidnapped, gone blind, nearly eaten by lions and murdered on more than one occasion. I tormented Lizzie McGuire’s little brother on the Disney channel, was a dolphin trainer, the first female soccer player on an all boys team and Harrison Ford once rescued me during an intense home invasion.
That’s exciting and all, but in January I decided to raise my right hand and swear into the United States Army. With a college degree from @callutheran in Criminal Justice, an ASVAB score of 92, and qualifying PFTs… I was accepted into Army #OCS (Officer Candidate School).
There are three BIG reasons (among many others) why I am taking a break from Hollywood to #goarmy
1. College opened my eyes to global injustices. But on a more tangible micro level, there is human trafficking occurring within the United States. I’ve written papers, spread awareness and as an Army Officer I intend to learn skills I can later apply when I’m on a team helping these victims.
2. Serving my country will give my voice more validity. I can better serve and advocate for veterans once I am a part of their community. The military is a family and family always has each others back.
3. My brother is a Marine and my Papa was a Green Beret… There is no way I am going to let the boys have all the fun. #hooah #actresstoarmy #startedondisneynowimhere
Thank you to my big brothers who teach, encourage and support me. I’ll make you proud.”
Schroeder has come a long way from her early days staring with Hilary Duff on the hit Disney show. Last year, Carly appeared in two movies; Deadly Shores and Ouija House. Before that she was in General Hospital and Law & Order: SVU.
Fellas, it appears that Carly is single.