She gained her first acting experience with the Children's Theatre of Maine, where she played Jenny in Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing.
She was born Genevieve Knight Hannelius in Boston, and moved to southern Maine when she was three with her family. Her parents are named Paul and Kathy and she has a younger sister named Michelle. In 2015, she began dating Jack Chiate.
She had one of her earliest television roles with Bob Saget in Surviving Suburbia in 2009.