Christy Carlson Romano is probably best well known for her portrayal of Ren Stevens in the Disney comedy series, Even Stevens. In addition to acting, the actress has also lent her voice to the teenage crime fighter, Kim Possible in the animated cartoon, Kim Possible. Prior to being an actress, Romano was a singer. In fact, she had started a Broadway career at the very young age of six; as a young girl, she toured with and performed a number of Broadway productions including The Will Rogers Follies, The Sound of Music and Annie. Romano landed her first role in a feature film at the age of 12ーthat of a singing “Chiquita Banana” in musical comedy movie Everyone Says I Love You. Some of her other works as a young teen during the 90’s include Henry Fool (1997), Goosed (1999), and Guiding Light (1999).
After having worked in the entertainment industry for a few years, Romano finally got her breakthrough role in 2000 when she was cast as the leading female protagonist in the Disney’s comedy series, Even Stevens. Having first premiered on television in June 2000, the show revolved around the life of the Stevens familyーprimarily that of the younger siblings, Renee and Louis who always seemed to clash with each other, given the opportunity. In it, Romano played the main role of Renee; fellow actor Shia LaBeouf portrayed the role of Louis. Even Stevens was a big hit upon its release, attracting mostly younger viewers as its audience at the time. The series also won numerous awards and nominations during its three year run; the finale aired on June 2, 2003. For her portrayal as Ren, Romano also won two Young Artist Awards for Best Performance in a TV Comedy Series in 2001 and 2002.
Since then, the actress has gone on to star in numerous television series and films, including Cadey Kelly (2002), The Even Stevens Movie (2003), Joan of Arcadia (2004) and Summerland (2005). Besides acting on the small screen, Romano has also lent her voice to the teenage protagonist of the animated series, Kim Possible. One of the Disney’s best performing shows at the time, Kim Possible was also later nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award in 2003.
But what has the actress been up to lately? What happened to Christy Carlson Romano? Where is she now in 2018?
Christy Carlson Romano’s Early Broadway Career
Born on March 20, 1984, in Milford Connecticut, Christy Carlson Romano is the daughter of Sharon and Anthony Romano. Romano is of Norwegian, German and Italian descent. She has three siblings, an older brother named Anthony Jr. and two sisters, Jennifer and Marcella. As a young girl, she had a passion for dance and had taken ballet lessons; at the age of 13, Romano enrolled at the School of American Ballet. But that wasn’t allーshe was also a singer. Romano landed her first role in a Broadway production at the age of six; she would later travel nationally for various stage productions. Some of the productions in which she was involved in include Annie, The Sound of Music and The Will.
Growing up as teen, she went to the New York Professional Children’s school, a private institution which helped to prepare young students for college. At the time, she would also often tag along to go to school dances held at other high school in the city with her friends. After graduating from St. Joseph High School in Trumbull, Rosana attended Barnard College, and shortly afterwards, Columbia College to study political science.
Christy Carlson Romano’s Early Acting Career and Eventual Breakthrough in Even Stevens
Romano’s early musical roles would ultimately help to get her foot into the acting industry; she would eventually star in a number of television and films during the 90’s. At the age of 12, the singer starred in her very first feature film as a Chiquita Banana in the musical comedy, Everyone Says I Love You. Shortly after her movie debut, she was cast in a handful of other films including The Many Trials of Tammy B (1996), Henry Fool (1997), and Goosed (1999). Despite the fact that her roles were mainly small and minor, it still gave Romano the experience she needed in order to eventually be propelled into the acting world. In 1999, the aspiring actress landed her first role in a television series as Erica, in the American soap opera, Guiding Light.
The following year, Romano would land her breakthrough role as the female protagonist, Renee Stevens in Disney’s Even Stevensーit would be the actress’ first leading role since the beginning of her acting career in the early 90’s. Set in the suburban city of Sacramento, the series followed the lives of the Stevens familyーnotably the younger siblings, Renee and Louis Stevens. Romano played the role of Renee aka “Ren”, the more well-behaved sibling out of the two, whereas actor Shia LaBeouf played the role of her brother Louis, who was often viewed as more immature in comparison; naturally, their personalities seemed to always clash. Even Stevens debuted on the Disney Channel in June 2000 and lasted three seasons; the series ended three years later in June 2003, after a total of 65 episodes.
The TV show was a huge hit amongst its young audience viewers and had garnered a number of awards and nominations throughout its run including several Daytime Emmy Awards during the early 2000’s. Romano also received universal praise for her portrayal of the older sibling in Even Stevens; she later won the Young Artist Awards for Best Performance in a TV Comedy Series: Leading Young Actress in 2002.
Christy Carlson Romano’s Other Acting Roles
At the same time as the filming and air of Even Stevens, Romano was also involved in a handful of other projects, including the TV films B.S. (2001) and Cadet Kelly (2002). However the most notable of them would probably be that of the Disney animated series, Kim Possible (2002-2007). Although Romano was no stranger to doing voiceovers, this would be the actress’ first major, leading role in an animated series; in fact, many have considered it to be the actress’ second breakthrough following Even Stevens. Having premiered on TV in June 2002, the series began when the former drama series was still ongoing; considering this, it’s no surprise that Romano was the first individual to have appeared in so many Disney projects simultaneously at the same time.
Set in a fictional town called Middleton, Kim Possible revolved around a teenage girl named Kim Possible, who fought against crime alongside her trusty yet clumsy comrade, Ron Stoppable. At the time, it was the top rated and most watched cartoon series on the Disney Channel. Praised for its animation, dialogue and fluidity of characters, Kim Possible has also been nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award and two Daytime Emmy Awards during its run; it later won the 2005 Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Children’s Animated Program.
While Kim Possible was still underway, Romano once again landed another major voice acting role in the Japanese computer animated film, Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children in 2005. As a sequel to an earlier video game of the same name, the movie revolved around protagonist, Cloud Strife as he tried to help save kidnapped children who had been infected with an unknown illness. In it, Romano lent her voice to the young ninja thief, Yuffie Kisaragi. The animated film was met with universal praise upon its release and had been praised by many critics for the quality of CGI and animation.
However despite her major breakthroughs in the voice acting world, the actress had never left Acting. Following her roles in the different animated series, she continued to appear in a multitude of television films and shows including anticipated film of the time, The Even Stevens Movie in 2003. Serving as the show’s finale, the movie followed siblings Louis and Ren as they embarked on a family vacation, which was in fact, unbeknownst to the familyーa reality TV series. The movie premiered on the Disney Network on June 13, 2003. In addition to having once again appeared as Ren, Romano also starred in the TV films Campus Confidential (2005), The Cutting Edge: Going for the Gold (2006) and The Cutting Edge: Chasing the Dream (2008). She also guest starred in a couple of well known animated series including Family Guy and The Penguins of Madagascar.
What is Christy Carlson Romano Doing Now in 2016?
2016 has been no vacation for the actress; in fact she has busy with filming various movies this year! In April 1st of this year, Romano starred in the independent feature movie Bear With Us. In it, the actress plays the role of the protagonist’s girlfriend, Quincy Adams. Directed by award winning William J. Stribling, the film revolves around a man who tries to propose to his girlfriend in one of the most romantic methods possible out in the words, however is unfortunately interrupted when a bear stumbles upon their wooden cabin. Praised by critics and viewers upon its release, Bear With Us has also garnered multiple awards and nominations at the FilmQuest Film and Gasparilla International Film Festivals.
More recently, Romano has also been working on a movie called House Rules. Currently in post-production, the movie revolves around a character named Sean Dillon, a MMA winner who had just recently gone through the bitter loss of divorce; he is later invited to participate in a club called the “Blood Circus” from which winners are able to win a large amount of money. In the action movie, the actress’ plays the role of Dillon’s lovely (former) wife, Sherry.
In addition to appearing on the big screen as an actress, Romano has also been acting as the film director on an upcoming movie titled, Christmas All Over Again, in which she also stars in. The movie also stars actors Joey Lawrence, Amber Frank, Sean Ryan Fox, Armani Jackson and Todrick Hall, amongst others. The release date for the movie has yet to be announced.
On a more personal note, the actress also made headlines earlier this year in June when she announced that she was pregnant with her first child with husband, Brendan Rooney. The actress confirmed that the pair were expecting a daughter, who would be due around Christmas. Having met Rooney while the pair were students over at Barnard College, the couple later tied the knot in December 2013. Flabbergasted at the idea of welcoming a child into their family this upcoming holiday season, Romano has been a very excited mom-to-be, proudly showing off her baby bump in recent photos onto social media.
If you’d like to stay up to date with the star’s pregnancy, or just with her in general, remember to drop by her official Facebook page for the latest news. Alternatively, you can also find the actress of Even Stevens fame tweeting away on Twitter (@ChristyRomano) or posting away on Instagram (@thechristycarlsonromano)!