Very quickly you’ve become a Hallmark “regular” and much-loved star. Of the movies you’ve made so far, which character did you best identify with and why? What do you most like about being part of the Hallmark family?

Thank you! I most related to Nikki Turner in A Dash of Love, because I love to cook and bake, plus I’m clumsy and often use my humor to deflate tense situations. I love the stories Hallmark Channel tells, and the strong and kind characters they create. And let’s be honest, we could all use a little more kindness and positivity in today’s world.

What projects do you have coming up?

I have several movies coming out in the next year. The Duplicate, a psychological thriller in which I play twins; Off the Menu, a rom-com that will premiere at TIFF; Snatched, a thriller in which I play a pregnant hipster with a psychotic doctor; and another fun rom-com called The Wedding Do Over, in which I get to exercise my physical comedy chops as a bride whose wedding is an absolute disaster. I’m also recording a pop album with the legendary Adrian Gurvitz at the moment. (Note: Jen was recently in Lifetime’s Mommy, I Didn’t Do It starring Hallmark’s Danica McKellar).

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RH: What inspired you to become an actress?

JL: The shortest answer I can give you is my faith in Jesus. I never planned on becoming an actress. I had thought about it as a kid, but no more or less than any other child. In college, I auditioned for a film on a whim, booked the female lead, and fell in love with the cast and crew. I figured it was just a fun experience, but the Lord began speaking to me about it. I’m not afraid to share my faith, and more importantly than that, I’m not afraid of what the church thinks of me. God alone is my judge. I don’t have to boast about what I’ve done or how pure I am. That’s worthless. What really matters is loving people because Jesus loves people. I have no problem hanging out with people who have completely different, or even opposing ideals than me. Especially if I can help lessen the pain they’ve encountered from a bad experience in church. And please don’t misunderstand. There are SO many WONDERFUL churches out there that are so legitimate, and loving, who are following after God’s own heart. My church is like that. I go to C3, Los Angeles. There are C3’s all over the globe, and they’re the real deal. But that’s what acting came down to for me. Studying people, telling stories that will make people laugh or cathartically deal with loss and loving people with abandon.

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**This post will remain pinned at the top until the contest ends on December 11. Scroll down for updates**

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Special thanks to Jen!

Want to win the above autographed “Tinsel Time” cd??? Entry is simple!

Rules:
01. Must be 18 years or older, or have parental permission to share address if you win.
02. Must live in the United States or Canada! Sorry other international fans, but shipping is too high for me to send elsewhere.
03. Must provide a valid email address with your entry.

How to enter?: Leave us a comment on this post and let us know your favorite holiday tradition! (Please note comments are moderated but I will approve them daily).

Contest ends December 11th (Friday). A winner will be chosen at random and contacted on the 12th.

And don’t forget you can purchase a copy of the cd at Jen’s website.

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Jen’s CD “Tinsel Time” is now available for purchase on her website or cdbaby. By ordering through her website you’ll get your cd autographed. Digital copies at her website do not include autographs.

Jen also made a video for the song Tinsel Time which you can watch below.

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Jen Lilley, dreamt about doing a Christmas album since she was a child, and this year, her dream becomes reality with her new CD, Tinsel Town! Not only is the CD available now, Christmas 2015 is guaranteed to be doubly rosy and bright for her, because she will also light up the screen in the Lifetime holiday film, The Spirit of Christmas.

“I’m all over,” she said with a laugh. “In addition to playing Theresa, I have been busy. I have many goals and that is to accomplish a lot in this business. I also have about 15 careers in mind that I want to fulfill someday. I’m busy and want to be in everything,” she said. But Days of our Lives fans fear not. “My first love is playing Theresa with all my heart,” Lilley shared.

Lilley’s Tinsel Time CD has recently been released and contains a beautiful collection of Christmas songs — some old favorites and some that are newly penned. All are upbeat and without a doubt, guaranteed to give your holiday a lift.

“As a kid I always wanted this. I’m always singing. I love Christmas music, and before I got into this career as an actress, I always knew I wanted an album. I was always a little song bird — singing every where I go.”

Lilley got together with a publicist friend and told him of her ideas. She then was in touch with producer and two-time Grammy winner, Rob Christie, after recording a Christmas track with Eric Martsolf (Brady, Days of our Lives) last year.

“I knew nothing. Rob did it all. He remembered me from the song last year and said I should record and come back,” Lilley said. “I took him up on his offer and Tinsel Time was born. I have to say I’m thrilled.”

Lilley was able to pick her own songs and she gathered together veteran musicians like Gregg Field and Chuck Burghofer, who worked with Frank Sinatra. She also teamed with pianist Tom Rainier, who was the piano man to Tony Bennett and Barbara Streisand.

“I have the best (musicians) and am so blessed,” Lilley said. “These are musicians whose talent level is beyond belief.” Not to mention the fact that Lilley herself graces the CD playing a little ukulele on Santa Baby.

There are a total of eight tracks on the CD including Baby It’s Cold Outside, the duet with Eric Martsolf (Brady, Days of our Lives), a terrific rendition of Santa Baby, and a jazzed up version of Frank Sinatra’s Jingle Bells.

Lilley said that anyone purchasing Tinsel Time from her website, www.jenlilley.com will receive an autographed CD and a personal Christmas card from her. How cool is that!

The CD’s title tune and first single, Tinsel Time, was co-written by Donald Benjamin and Kevin J. Regan. Benjamin, a longtime friend and fan of Soapdom, shared his initial inspiration for the song. “I just wanted to write a more traditional, happy Christmas tune. I don’t care for the modern stuff.” He wrote the music and the lyrics to the first verse. “Kevin did the rest, and Rob Christie put it all together.” But he feels that what really makes the song is Lilley. “I love her. She’s got a fantastic voice.”

From CD’s to television movies!

On Saturday, December 19th (8/7c),  Lifetime will air the movie, The Spirit of Christmas, where Lilley plays Boston attorney, Kate Jordan, a high-strung, high-powered woman that only cares about getting ahead in the world, and puts career first.

“I read the script, I auditioned, and I knew I wanted this part,” Lilley said “I also have a fond love for this role because there was a time I wanted to be an attorney.”

The story centers around Kate Jordan, who is offered a promotion if she can do an appraisal of a Vermont bed and breakfast during the holidays and is given only three weeks to complete the assignment.

The glitch is the establishment is haunted, and any of the previous male appraisers ran for the hills upon finding out. Being strong willed and not a believer in ghosts, Lilley’s character tackles the mission, but as one can imagine, she will come face to face with a man who was murdered on the property 100 years ago.

The ghost (Daniel) played by French-Canadian actor, Thomas Beaudoin, is shall we say, too much to handle for Attorney Jordan and love will soon blossom.

But now, there’s a second big wrinkle to this tale. The spirit only comes back once a year and only during the twelve days of Christmas.

“Would you believe it?” Lilley said laughing. “I love this film, and promise a lot of twists and intrigue with mystery. It will be fun to watch. When it airs I will be watching like every one else with my popcorn. It is weird to watch myself, and I hope my real-life husband, understands,” she said with a giggle. “I also want to say what an honor it was to work with Thomas Beaudoin. He is a big star in Canada and in France.”

Lilley said that doing the film was a breather away from Days of our Lives. “Doing a film is so different and the entire film was shot in a few weeks,” she revealed.

Shot on location last year in Boston, Lilley endured five major blizzards during production — a far cry from the temperate temps of LA, the land of sunshine and palm trees.

“Oh my, I must say that the walls of the snow were taller than me, but I survived. Again…I’m so happy to have been a part of this film and hope that without a doubt, it will become a regular every year Holiday classic.” (Source)

 

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Jen Lilley is one of the kindest human beings around. Her glass is always full, her joyful light shines bright, and she’s just one of those people who makes you happier when you’re around them.

From Hannah Montana to Queen Esther to modern day soap operas, Jen stays busy! Plus…there’s always philanthropy, table saws, recording music, and her love of Dean Martin to keep her occupied, just in case learning 30 pages of dialogue a day isn’t enough for her.

When did you decide to become an actor?
“During the spring semester of my second year in college. I auditioned for an independent film on a whim and booked the lead female role. When I got on set, I fell in love with the crew and the movie making process from start to finish. So, naturally, I decided to learn as much as I could about acting as a career.

“I wondered why some actresses were successful when so many were not, and I deduced that the answer is most actors don’t treat acting as a business, but simply as a means to acquire fame and accolades. I’m more interested in the art of story-telling and how it affects an audience, and having a platform to talk about kindness and helping others. I set about learning as much as I could about the business of acting and approach acting as a business as much as an art form. Eight years later, I’m still loving every moment!”

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