Lizzie wasn’t the only one with an awesome set of friends on Lizzie McGuire. Her little brother Matt (Jake Thomas) had them, too, and there’s no question that Melina Bianco (Carly Schroeder) was among our favorite of the bunch!
Melina and Matt may have started off as enemies, but the mischievous kids quickly found out that they worked better as a team. So much so that later in the series, Melina ended up being Matt’s girlfriend! In The Lizzie McGuire Movie, the pair even schemed together as to what to do with all the footage Matt had of Lizzie doing silly things around the house.
Though it’s been over a decade since Schroeder portrayed Melina on Lizzie McGuire, the actress hasn’t stepped out of the spotlight.
Since wrapping on Lizzie McGuire, Schroeder went on to nab roles in a slew of films including Mean Creek, Eye of the Dolphin, and Rites of Passage. On the television side, the actress has guest starred on such series as Cold Case, Ghost Whisperer and Law & Order: Special Victim’s Unit.
Most recently, Schroeder starred opposite Hilary Duff’s big sis, Hayley, Lacey Chabert, and Jenna Dewan-Tatum in the 2013 rom-com, Slightly Single in L.A.. Schroeder also starred in last year’s sports drama, Prep School.
We’re happy to know that Carly Schroeder is still booking gigs — we’ll definitely be keeping an eye out for her now that we know she’s still pursuing acting!