An exploding music career, angry catfights, and keeping her real-life marriage a secret are all in a day’s work for Days of our Lives star Jen Lilley. In a soapcentral.com interview, Jen reveals the soundtrack to the soapy days of her life.
“I thought I’d start to dabble in singing and just kind of try to start learning, and then all of a sudden, it was like, ‘Well here you go, here you go, here you go,'” she says with a laugh, adding that both the holiday tune and the resulting recording opportunity came out of a simple resolution. “I’m a total nerd, and I make seven-year plans, and I make five-year plans, and one of my goals for the year 2014 was to record one Christmas song, so that’s kind of how it came about. And then it just became bigger and bigger and bigger… definitely beyond what I ever thought was going to happen. It’s really exciting.”
Funny enough, the actress also credits DAYS newcomer Christopher Sean (Paul Narita) for convincing her to pursue a singing career. “He’s actually one of the people that kind of put the nail in and solidified the fact that I was going to start singing again, because he was always so encouraging,” she enthuses. “He would always ask me to sing for him. He was like, ‘Oh, I heard you singing.’ And I was like, ‘Um, when did you hear me singing?!’ And he was like, ‘Oh, you were walking down the hall, and you didn’t know I was there,’ and I was like, ‘Oh, that’s awkward’ [laughs]… My parents, they always called me their songbird, because I still do it to this day, and I don’t realize I’m doing it until I start consciously thinking about it, but every time I walk to my car, and when I walk from my car to my front door, I sing, and I’ve done that my whole life. My parents used to always say, ‘We always knew when you were home, because it would be one in the morning and you’d be singing at the door. Even if you were trying to sneak in, we knew you were home, because we heard you singing.’ So yeah, I do, I walk around singing and don’t realize I’m doing it.”
Read the full interview with Jen here.