Jen Lilley (ex-Theresa), who left DAYS in November 2016, is back filming in Salem and will first air in May 2018. When she left the soap, Lilley told Digest she’d be open to a return. “I would definitely go back to DAYS OF OUR LIVES and play Theresa,” she said in the 11/12/16 issue. “I would be devastated if they recast the character without calling me first. I would love to reprise that role. In a perfect world, I would keep playing Theresa, just like how Eileen Davidson [Ashley, Y&R] has played Kristen. I would come back and do some arcs. That would be amazing. I know they say never say never, but if I were ever on a soap, it would be DAYS, because that’s really where I found a home.” (Source)

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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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Jen Lilley doesn’t just play a mom in her new Hallmark Channel movie “Harvest Love” (premiering Sept. 30 at 9/8C), she recently became a foster parent in real life because of her passion for children in the most vulnerable circumstances. It’s a passion grounded in her upbringing, her love of God, and her empathy for devastated young people who’ve been victims of abuse, child pornography, and human trafficking.

In “Harvest Love,” Lilley plays Luna Gilson, a young surgeon and mother whose husband died a couple of years ago (and who is played in pictures by Lilley’s very-much-alive real husband, Jason). As a result, Luna throws herself into her work to forget about the pain, but winds up neglecting her son Andy.

After one particularly frazzling day at work, Luna takes her mother’s suggestion to visit the family farm for a few days to rebuild her bond with Andy. Once there, they meet Will, the farmhand played by Ryan Paevey, with whom Luna winds up butting heads. But in traditional romantic comedy fashion, they eventually fall in love.

Lilley appreciates Luna as a character because “she’s not just this fleeting young girl that is carried away by her emotions. She’s thinking with the right perspective…[The romance] is done so tactfully with an awareness of her husband who died…She gives herself permission to fall in love, and Andy has a father figure restored to him.”

As a Christian, Lilley enjoys doing movies for the Hallmark Channel (this is her third) because they’re “so uplifting.” But sometimes she’ll take an edgier role if she feels that’s what God is calling her to do. Jonathan Jackson, her former co-star on “General Hospital,” helped her define that approach by telling her, “When I’m deciding what roles to do, I always ask myself, ‘Is this doing more good than harm? Then I go from there.”

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Now that it’s officially fall, it’s time for Hallmark Channel’s Fall Harvest festival to begin and soap fans will not want to miss the new original Harvest Love which stars GENERAL HOSPITAL’s Jen Lilley (ex-Maxie) and Ryan Paevey (Nathan)! The romantic new movie premieres Saturday, Sept. 30, at 9 p.m. on Hallmark and Lilley offered up a preview with some backstage secrets in a special Facebook Live chat!

Lilley is best known to daytime fans for her run as Theresa Donovan on DAYS OF OUR LIVES, but she did fill in for a year as Maxie on GH. Unfortunately, while the character did end up marrying Nathan, Lilley and Paevey never actually worked together on the soap because Kirsten Storms returned to the role just before her new leading man joined the show! “So it was fate,” Lilley joked. “It’s great working with a soap actor because we’re always prepared and we always know our lines and we’re kind of not thrown by anything because we’re used to only doing one take.”

In Harvest Love, Lilley plays Luna Gilson, a young woman mourning the death of her husband (eagle-eyed viewers will notice that photos of Luna’s late hubby are actually of Lilley’s real-life spouse, Jason Wayne) who takes her son, Andy, to the family’s pear farm where she meets Paevey’s Will Nash, the farmhand who helps her open her heart again. “It was actually an apple orchard,” the actress reveals of the location where they shot the film. “So we had to put pears on all of the trees.

The movie’s star also revealed a surprising backstage secret about shooting on location! “It was funny shooting outside because I’m actually EpiPen-level allergic to grass,” Lilley confessed with a laugh. “So I had the medic, Laura, she brought me like, four Claritin a day and she was standing by with an oxygen tank and EpiPens, and we made magic happen, so it was great!”

Lilley insisted that viewers will absolutely love Harvest Love because it’s so uplifting. “I think there’s so much tension going on in our world right now that it’s nice to be able to sit down and watch a movie and know that you’re going to experience something uplifting. I love that.” Oh, and also, Paevey does something fans have never seen before! “Ryan Paevey does not dance,” Lilley chuckled. But Christie Will Wolf, the amazing director, and I, got Ryan to dance in the movie, so you should definitely watch just for that!” (Source)

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Jen will be appearing on Hallmark’s Home & Family on Friday September 29th to promote “Harvest Love”. Home & Family airs at 10 am est. Set your DVRs!

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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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What is Eat Play Love about? And who do you play in it?

I play Dr. Carly Monroe. Described in the script as 26 years old, a nerdy but adorable veterinarian in a shapeless white doctor’s coat. She wears glasses and a long ponytail.

Eat Play Love is about a young Veterinarian named Dr. Carly Monroe who moves back to her hometown to take over her grandfather, Isaac’s (Lee Majors) veterinarian clinic. Isaac says he’s retiring, but he’s the type of man who loves his job and may never retire. Carly and her grandfather have an ADORABLE relationship. She splits her time between her grandfather’s animal clinic and volunteering at the Forever Friend’s dog shelter. Forever Friend’s Shelter is run by brother and sister duo, Michelle (Lucie Guest) and Dan Landis (Jason Cermak). Michelle is Carly’s childhood best friend, and Dan is Carly’s high school sweetheart. Carly is still in love with Dan, and vice versa, though both Dan and Carly deny their feelings. Plus, Dan agreed to marry his glamorous TV reporter girlfriend and mean girl, Kristi Waters. Hilariousness ensues when Michelle gives Carly a makeover to get Dan’s attention. After all, it’s every girl’s dream for her brother to marry her best friend. And a love story unfolds from there.

One thing I love about Eat Play Love is that post make-over, Carly incorporates her old look into the new. It’s who she is, and she doesn’t pretend to be something fake. Which I LOVE. So this movie has a positive message to young girls. Glasses don’t make you unattractive. Being your authentic self, and being kind and intelligent is what really makes you beautiful.

The other thing I love about Eat Play Love is I got to show my physical comedy skills!! I’m not sure how much of my slap-stick will make it into the final cut, but it was fun to exercise my chops and get the whole crew laughing.

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Lilley came on board Eat, Play, Love via her friendship with Wolf, who thought of her when she read the script. “She got hired to direct. The character Carly Monroe is nerdy and adorable and because Christie knows me personally, she said, ‘I know the perfect person for this.’ We loving call each other the dynamic duo. We love each other,’” she laughs.

Lilley was thrilled to work with Majors and Wagner. “It was incredible. Talk about two icons. It was pretty amazing. Before we started, I got an e-mail from the Lee Majors introducing himself, telling me he was looking forward to working with me and [he’d] done research on [my] work,” she recalls. “He said, ‘I’m sorry in advance if I mess up, wink wink.’ I almost fell out of my chair. I was like, ‘Are you kidding me? You’re the Six Million Dollar Man. Hopefully I don’t forget my words when I’m gazing into your eyeballs.’ He has a fast sense of humor. He’s has such a good sense of humor. He’s adorable.”

“Lindsay Wagner is every woman’s woman. I think she inspires women just as much today as she did in the 70s. She’s a humanitarian and she’s lovely and she’s a giving performer. She’s so interesting. What I loved about Lindsay is that I appreciate a woman who is very pro-women and strong but also feminine. She’s not trying to be a man. She’s trying to be a strong female. That is a Lindsay Wagner to a T. I love her. She’s a fascinating, brilliant lady.”

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