Chris Carrigan was born in Provo, Utah, while her father was attending Brigham Young University. She has four sisters and one brother. She spent most of her early years in St. Louis, Missouri. She went to kindergarten in a two-level old rickety school that reminded her of Ogden High School. She wore a red dot every day on her collar because when she was in first grade, she was hit by a car when walking home from school.