Daytime Confidential interviewed Jen and co-star Eric Martsolf. I’ve included portions of the interview below with a link to view the whole interview.
Daytime Confidential: Kristen committed fetal theft. How does the embryo-snatching impact Theresa?
Jen Lilley: It’s a really wonderful unraveling of Theresa. I think it’s a chance for fans, that have not otherwise empathized with her, to maybe see a little bit of the softer side of her. I mean, she’s not a gooey, mushy character, but at the same time, most women can relate to maternal instincts and losing, I don’t know, the love of your child.
DC: What’s coming up for your characters?
JL: For Theresa, it’s just a complete unraveling. She’s already like halfway out and it just keeps going and going. It’s just an awful unraveling of Theresa. I don’t know how else to put it. It’s just so tragic, because I think she’s kind of like the boy who cried wolf. It’s like all of a sudden there’s no hope for her. Nobody believes anything that comes out of her mouth.
EM: Brady is in line with many of those people. He’s not willing to listen to anything she has to say, really. Everyone manipulates me. Everyone lies to me. He’s in no position to believe anything she has to say.
JL: Brady’s the only person she cares about in Salem and she’s lost him. She’s lost everything.
EM: But obviously with this set up, we can’t go into detail with what goes on. But, even [the shows we are filming] right now, we are dealing with what’s going on. It’s a big set up and the fans, I think, are going to be really excited about the payoff. It took me by surprise.
JL: It took us all by surprise. Get your tissues ready.
EM: It’s heart-wrenching. It’s sad. This tough-ass character of Theresa Donovan, you’re going to see a much softer, more vulnerable side. Her underbelly’s going to be exposed, so to speak. If you thought she was the woman to hate on the program, you’re going to change your mind very quickly, because you’re going to feel some sympathy with her plight that’s going on. Will Brady be there for her? I don’t know. You’ll have to see.
Read entire interview here.