Tribute had the opportunity to speak with G Hannelius, the star of the Disney Channel series Dog with a Blog. G (short for Genevieve), began her career in theater in Maine at age seven, and when her mother took her to Los Angeles at age 10 she was quickly cast in a number of projects, including several for the Disney Channel. Small for her age (she's currently 4'11"), she often plays younger roles, including that of spoiled Dakota Condor on the Disney series Sonny with a Chance. Before she dyed her hair blonde for her current role, G looked very much like a young Natalie Wood. Now at 14, she's grown up into a beautiful teenager who plays the intelligent and driven Avery Jennings on Dog with a Blog.

I really love your show, it’s so funny.
Hi! Oh thank you so much, it’s nice to talk to you.

How do they animate the dog?
I’m pretty sure they use CGI. I’m not exactly sure, but in the editing process they animate him.

So you say your lines to him and later on, they add the moving lips and so on.
Yes, exactly. And then Stephen Full, who plays the voice of the dog, is offstage reading the lines.

Oh, cool, I wondered how that was done! By the way, your name is interesting, do your friends call you G?
Yes! I mean, basically everyone calls me G. It’s my nickname.

How did you get that nickname?
When I was born, my mom received congratulation letters and they would write “Baby G” and ever since then, I’ve gone by G.

You were really a standout on Sonny with a Chance — when I saw you, I thought you had to be related to Natalie Wood – do you get that comparison a lot?
First of all, thank you and second of all, yes, I get told that all the time (laughs).

Can you see the resemblance yourself?
I do. At first I didn’t know exactly who she was and after I’d gotten so many comments regarding being compared to her, I looked it up and I see the resemblance!

How old were you when you got started in theater?
I think I was seven or eight, and I started doing theater where I’m from, in Maine.

Was it professional or community theater?
A little bit of both. Basically community. I did some plays at my school and then from there I did some community theater at the Children's Theater of Maine and I actually played Madeline in a play (Madeline’s Rescue, based on the Madeline books), which was a lot of fun for me.

Whose idea was it to get involved in theater?
I’m sure it was a little bit of my mom but mostly me. I’ve kind of always been outgoing and I wanted to try it out.

From there, how did you end up in Los Angeles?
Well, I had done Madeline and a few plays and we were like, “Why don’t we go to Los Angeles for a few months and see what happens? And I went out there and three months turned into five years.

How do you like it there?
I love it, the weather is amazing. I like the weather, it actually overrules everything because Maine is really cold in the winter. It’s nice in the summer.

When you first started and you got a small part on Hannah Montana, had you seen the show? Were you a fan?
Yes, I had, I had been a huge fan of Hannah Montana and I was just excited to get on the show. I didn’t care what my role was, I just wanted to meet Miley Cyrus and be on the show. So that was kind of a dream come true.

And now you’ve got your own Disney Channel show, so that must be amazing.
Yes, it is. I’m very fortunate.

What’s been your favorite role so far?
I’ve done a bunch of roles on Disney, like Sonny with a Chance and Good Luck Charlie, but I think my favorite is Avery, who I play on Dog with a Blog. She’s such a hardworking, ambitious character and that’s a really fun character to play.

What kind of role would you like to play in the future?
Gosh. I think more roles like Avery. I love that hardworking attitude. But I mean, I really admire people like Tina Fey and Amy Poehler.

What do you like best about filming the show?
I think my favorite part is… it’s really hard. I think it’s coming to work every day and being with the amazing cast and crew is my favorite part but I also love working with the dog. I mean, having the energy of a playful dog on set is a lot of fun.

Do you have any pets at home?
Yes! I actually have two dogs.

What kind of dogs are they?
I have a miniature Pinscher/Chihuahua mix and I have a Shiba Inu, which is a Japanese dog that looks like a fox. It’s very cute.

I heard you love horseback riding.
Yes, I used to ride more than I do. I basically stopped when we started filming the first season because I just couldn’t find time to fit it in with school and everything but I did love doing it. Now actually, my best friend rides horses and I love to watch her.

What kind of riding did you do, English or Western?
I did English. I tried both, but I like English best.

Another one of your hobbies is doing nail polish tutorials on YouTube, how did you get started with that?  
I think it started about a year ago. I had watched tutorials on YouTube and from there, I was like, “I can do that!” And so I started putting up my own and I love art, so putting those two together, and I love editing, so I love doing it. It’s a fun hobby to have.

You do the editing as well?
Yes, I do!

Wow, that’s really cool! I love those tutorials, they’re very inspiring.
Thank you!

Do you have any brothers or sisters?
No, I actually don’t. I kind of consider Francesca, who plays Chloe on the show, my little sister now, because we’ve become so close.

That's cute! What’s next for you?
Right now we are filming season two of Dog with a Blog, we’re crazy busy doing that. We have a lot of fun new episodes coming up. Avery’s a few years older in this new season, so I think a lot of girls will be able to relate to the problems that she faces. She has boy problems and school problems and friends, so that’s going to be great and also I’m going to be recording a new single. I love writing and singing music. Actually I have five songs on iTunes right now and I’m recording another, so more music.

That’s awesome! Will Avery be singing on the show?
(Laughs) I hope so! She hasn’t yet, but that would be a blast.

Thank you so much for talking to us today and we look forward to seeing more episodes of Dog with a Blog.
That’s great, thank you so much! It was nice talking to you. Bye-bye!

Dog with a Blog airs in Canada on Family Channel. Click here to download G Hannelius' music on iTunes.

~Alexandra Heilbron

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38 Comments so far

  1. eelisvarpula on July 17, 2013 8:59 AM

    G bee my girl friend

  2. Caroline on July 31, 2013 5:03 PM

    Hi Avery I'm my name is Caroline I just love you I think you're very pretty I love your show I wish we can meet and I think we can be best friends

  3. eelisvarpula on August 2, 2013 4:42 AM

    Hey g i wish we meet and i can teach you finnish

  4. Austin on August 10, 2013 12:16 AM

    Are you in den brother what is your email Genevieve I have a song on The piano that you might like

  5. Eelis on October 20, 2013 12:05 PM

    Hey g can you hear me? I don't have a twitter or chat,so can we searsly talk

  6. eelis on November 3, 2013 3:17 AM

    Are you arrives to Rome

  7. eelis on November 3, 2013 3:21 AM

    Pllllllleease come to Finland in Vantaa please i miss you

  8. eelis on November 3, 2013 2:30 PM

    G do you have a boyfriend because i love you

  9. kelsie on December 21, 2013 7:20 PM

    hi g. I just want to say you are very lucky to be you. I wish I was you! but can you please tell me how you got your hair like wavy in the episode of dog with a blog freaky fido. (wavy/curly) please. I like to do that kind of stuff to my hair and it would be a great help! thanks.

  10. skyler on January 1, 2014 9:00 PM

    Hey how do you say your name

  11. eelis on January 3, 2014 8:17 AM

    G i just wanna no because i love you: are you dating with dog with a blogs wes?

  12. Peeta on January 6, 2014 10:51 PM

    I love you g hannelius so so much

  13. Peeta on January 6, 2014 10:52 PM

    G can i have your phone number

  14. eelis on January 7, 2014 7:13 AM

    G I just love you your hear is beautiful and I can't stop thinking about you please call me. In askmefast they say that your number is 03 747 397 03. So call me pleease

  15. jaafresh king on January 7, 2014 6:15 PM

    How dd u become fam

  16. Reilly wolfinger on January 8, 2014 6:07 PM

    hey g i really love to do art like u do but can u give me some ideas to draw on my brand new canvas i would love to be u I LOVE U SOME MUCH

  17. jaafresh king on January 9, 2014 12:32 AM

    How is it to act

  18. Em on January 31, 2014 7:02 PM

    Hi is it cool being on Disney? How is it? I hope u enjoy ur day! Also what's the next show about! Your fan, Em

  19. Em on January 31, 2014 7:05 PM

    Please reply

  20. eelis on February 8, 2014 4:47 AM

    G please reply I have try to find you one year please don't give up. Please reply

  21. Em on February 22, 2014 10:46 PM

    G I always want to meet you or at least talk to you. I really look up to u and I'm only 12. People say your short for your age I am too. Your so pretty, talented and a great singer. Also I love art also nail art infact I just painted them. I hope u have a great day. Ps please reply

  22. marco on March 9, 2014 4:29 PM

    hello g my name is marco.
    and i have a few questions for you.
    1.what kind or music do you listen?
    2.how do you spend your time?
    3.do you have pets?
    so that was the last question
    and i hope (if you have time)
    that you can answer me.

    from marco

    ps. i'd really like you're show.

  23. Fanney on March 21, 2014 3:42 PM

    Hi, can I just call you Avery, or do I call you G.

  24. Fanney on March 21, 2014 3:44 PM

    Will you reply

  25. Fanney on March 21, 2014 3:46 PM

    Are you at school, I am not, I have just wanted to talk to a Disney Cannel star that a liked. You are one of them. But never call me, PLEASE!!!

  26. irene on March 22, 2014 12:17 PM

    omggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggoooooooooooooooooooooooooosssssssssssssssssssshhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

  27. Diana on March 22, 2014 3:02 PM

    Hi g my name is Diana do u have Instagram ?

  28. eelis on March 23, 2014 2:43 PM

    G please IF you see this I really have try to contact you a full year I really love you and if we're different age still nobody don't stop us

  29. GinaBoofly on March 30, 2014 7:53 PM

    Hey,you are amazing actress. You are my favorite actress. What are your dogs names and are they females or males or male and female. I wish I can met you one day and I also want to be an actress to that is my life long dream!!!!

  30. Quavon Smith on April 9, 2014 5:49 PM

    Avery you are so cute.

  31. Quavon Smith on April 9, 2014 5:51 PM

    Avery what is your phone number?

  32. damqnka on April 10, 2014 8:13 AM

    wow

  33. Spenceman002 on April 11, 2014 11:22 AM

    Hi miss genevieve hannelius i am one of your biggest fans and i really adore your acting if you could please contact me just reply me and it would mean the world to me if you did reply

  34. daniel galvez on April 14, 2014 5:49 PM

    Hey G who is your boy friend?

  35. Jacob Trimm on April 18, 2014 11:03 PM

    Please be my GF

  36. Jacob Trimm on April 18, 2014 11:05 PM

    If not, could u contact me, it would be awesome to hear from u

  37. tman1234567809 on April 19, 2014 5:18 PM

    Hi Alexandra

  38. Clay Chessor on April 20, 2014 7:03 PM

    Hey G Hannelius Are You Singl Because I Really Like You Alot Will You Cyber Date Me If Your Fating Im Cool With It I Just Got.....Never Mind Just Please Answer Love Clay

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