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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Actress Jen Lilley of Los Angeles is a woman of many talents. Not only has she had starring roles on “General Hospital,” “Days of Our Lives” and in movies, but she’s also a singer, children’s book author and strong advocate for foster care. In fact, she and her husband, Jason, recently became foster parents to a now 1-year-old boy. In honor of National Foster Care Month in May, we chatted with her about her career, being a new parent and why you should consider fostering.

You left “Days of Our Lives” in 2016. What can your fans look forward to seeing you in next?

I have two movies coming out later this year. One is called, “The Wedding Do Over” for Pixl TV, and one is tentatively called, “Off the Menu,” starring Santino Fontana and Dania Ramirez. I play Santino’s girlfriend at the beginning of the movie, the one who got away. And beyond that, I’ll keep you posted. I’m sure I’ll have updates as the year progresses.

You’re a singer, an actress, a children’s book author and a foster mom. You seem very busy! What led you to start fostering?

In short, my faith and conviction. James 1:27 says that caring for orphans in their distress is the purest form of religion. Proverbs 3:27 says, “Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in your power to do it.” And it is in my power to help orphans in their distress, so I absolutely must obey that conviction.

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Daytime fan-favorite Jen Lilley (ex-Theresa, DAYS OF OUR LIVES; ex-Maxie, GENERAL HOSPITAL) is starring in a romantic new movie just in time for Valentine’s Day — A Dash of Love, airing on Saturday, Feb. 11, at 9 p.m. ET on Hallmark Channel!

Lilley plays Nikki Turner, an aspiring chef who accepts a job at a prominent restaurant run by one of her idols, Holly Hansen, played by Peri Gilpin. “She’s brilliant and lovely and amazing and beautiful,” Lilley enthuses to Soaps In Depth. “It was so awesome working with her.”

Of course, things become complicated when she begins falling for the head chef, played by Brendan Penny. And that’s not to mention the fact that Holly is secretly stealing Nikki’s recipes to pass off as her own! “It’s so cute, and it’s so me,” Lilley says of the movie. “I totally get this character! I was laughing the whole time reading it, and thinking, ‘This character is me.’”

A chef herself, Lilley admits she loved baking for everybody on the DAYS set and is a huge fan of Valentine’s Day. “It’s my favorite holiday of all time, probably even more than Christmas,” she confesses. “When I was at DAYS, I would get every single cast and crew member personalized chocolates!”

The actress believes that soap fans will absolutely love this romantic confection. “Everything about this movie is amazing,” Lilley declares. “The fans are gonna love it. It’s very funny. I really hope Hallmark hires me again because I really like working for them already, and I love Hallmark movies.” (Source)

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Catch Jen on Hallmark’s Home & Family tomorrow (February 10) promoting A Dash Of Love. A Dash of Love airs on Hallmark Saturday (February 11).

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Congratulations to Jen on her Daytime Emmy pre-nomination for “Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series”. Those pre-nominated will advance to the next screening round to determine the final nominations and winner. Nominations will be announced March 22 on The Talk with the Emmy ceremony taking place on April 30.

For a full list of pre-nominations, check out SOD.

 

 

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Catch Jen as Nikki Turner on Hallmark’s A Dash of Love on February 11.

When an aspiring chef lands an assistant job at her idol’s restaurant, she’s convinced her big break is just around the corner. After a rocky start, she befriends the handsome executive chef and they begin bonding in the kitchen. But her joy is short lived when she discovers her idol’s stealing her recipes and fires them both to protect her secret. Together, they set out to create their own pop up restaurant and discover the most important ingredient is love. Stars Jen Lilley and Brendan Penny.

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