When actors announce their upcoming projects, they typically discuss TV shows or movies, but former “Lizzie McGuire” star Carly Schroeder’s upcoming plans involve something altogether different: serving in the U.S. Army.
The 28-year-old actress, who played Melina Bianco on the Hilary Duff-starring Disney Channel series, spoke with TMZ Live on Friday to explain why she decided to enlist in the military.
“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 Schroeder, whose father was a Green Beret and whose brother currently serves as a marine.
“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 continued. “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.”
Schroeder’s decision is no news to her followers on Instagram, where she’s been sharing photos and videos of her exploits while undertaking training after being accepted in Officer Training School, and spoke about her big life choice in a recent post.
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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. ♥️ @hunter_schroede0372 @claskytac @greenlinetactical @longhighwayhome @garand_thumb @tyler_hughes_ss