Genneya Walton is an American actor and professional dancer. She is best known for playing the co-lead role of ‘Bryden Bandweth’ in the 'Netflix’ web series 'Project Mc2.' She ventured into acting quite late in life. Genneya began her professional journey as a dancer and was featured in programs such as the 'Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards,' 'The X Factor,' and the 'Radio Disney Music Awards.' She made her acting debut in 2014 and has since been associated with a number of TV shows. She has also guest-starred in a few popular TV series, such as 'Jessie,' 'Extant,' 'Kirby Buckets,' 'School of Rock,' 'The Thundermans,' and 'Criminal Minds.'
Genneya began training in dance at the age of 6. She learned various dance forms at multiple dance studios and dance conventions in the US. She is trained in a number of dance styles such as hip-hop, jazz, lyrical, contemporary, jazz funk, ballet, tap, and ballroom. While training in dance, Genneya simultaneously stepped into acting. She was trained at the 'Brooke Byler Acting Studio.' By the age of 12, she had begun dancing and acting professionally. Around the same time, Genneya had also begun auditioning for various dance and acting projects.
In 2012, Genneya was a featured dancer in a few TV shows such as the 'Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards,' 'The X Factor,' and the 'Radio Disney Music Awards.' In 2014, she played ‘Renata,’ a rich and spoiled girl bullying the female protagonist, in the drama 'Isabelle Dances Into the Spotlight.' The movie was the eighth film in the 'American Girl' series. Her acting career received a boost in 2015, when she appeared as ‘Terra’ in science-fiction thriller 'Extant.' Soon, Genneya received an audition email from her agent about a project that at the time was under a different name. Subsequently, she bagged a role in the web TV series 'Project Mc².’ Aired on 'AwesomenessTV' and 'Netflix,' the show featured her in one of the main roles. Her character, ‘Bryden Bandweth,’ was portrayed as an upbeat, tech-loving teen. Following this, Genneya appeared as ‘Nora’ in the 2015 TV series 'Jessie' and as ‘Simone’ in 'The Thunderarms.'
In 2016, Genneya appeared as ‘Maddy Wayne’ in the 'Nickelodeon’ musical comedy TV series 'School of Rock.' The same year, she appeared as ‘Francesca Morales’ in the 'CBS’ police-procedural crime drama 'Criminal Minds.' She played ‘Bird’ in the 'Disney XD’ adventure series 'Kirby Buckets.' Genneya also appeared in two episodes of the morning talk show 'Home & Family.' She was also cast as ‘Winnie’ in the educational TV series 'Adam Ruins Everything.' In 2018, Genneya played ‘Laila Creedy’ in two episodes of the 'Fox' TV series '9-1-1.'
Genneya has given a few noteworthy live performances at events and shows such as the 'Dizzy Feet Benefit Gala,' 'Dancescape,' 'Disney’s Next Big Thing,' 'Variety’s Power of Youth with Kat Graham,' 'MDA Make a Muscle,’ the 'Nickelodeon Kid’s Choice Awards,' and the '5 LP’s Music Video Concert.'
Genneya’s philanthropic work includes her charitable work for the 'Children’s Miracle Network’ and the ‘American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals’ (ASPCA).
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Genneya was born on February 22, 1999, in Chicago, Illinois, US. She has a sister. Growing up, Genneya was obsessed with collecting rocks. This helped her develop an interest in geology. She would collect rocks and make a note of the rock types. Genneya is also skilled in various activities such as rollerblading, ice skating, swimming, bicycling, and tumbling.
Genneya is blessed with beautiful curls. She takes care of her locks with her favorite hair product, ‘Camille Rose Naturals Curl Maker’ jelly. A health-conscious person, she loves homemade vegan cheeseburgers and fruit smoothie. On her cheat days, Genneya loves to binge on apple pie with vanilla ice-cream. She loves sushi and enjoys dining out at 'The Lobster' in Santa Monica.
Genneya idolizes Beyoncé. She loves to dance to Beyoncé’s track 'Run the World (Girls).' Genneya is also a huge fan of singers Banks and Melanie Martinez. Actor Jennifer Lawrence is her fashion icon. Genneya is highly inspired by Jennifer’s talent and the way she carries herself in public. Another actor she looks up to is Zendaya. Given an opportunity, Genneya would love to play a character like ‘Zoey’ (played by Yara Shahidi) from the American sitcom 'Black-ish.' Her dream role would be a lead role in a movie such as 'The Maze Runner.' Genneya’s favorite role to date has been that of ‘Terra’ from 'Extant.' She had a crush on Shawn Mendes. Genneya’s all-time favorite movie is 'Forrest Gump.'