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November 9: “Day Of DAYS” – Jen’s Attending!
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The stars of DAYS will, once again, gather at Universal CityWalk in Universal City, CA on November 9 to meet the fans in autograph signings and a Q&A session. Scheduled to appear are John Aniston (Victor), Camila Banus (Gabi), Blake Berris (Nick), Shawn Christian (Daniel), Bryan R. Dattilo (Lucas), Mary Beth Evans (Kayla), Galen Gering (Rafe), Deidre Hall (Marlena), Bill Hayes (Doug), Susan Seaforth Hayes (Julie), Lauren Koslow (Kate), Jen Lilley (Theresa), Kate Mansi (Abigail), James Reynolds (Abe), Suzanne Rogers (Maggie), Freddie Smith (Sonny), Chrishell Stause (Jordan), Alison Sweeney (Sami), Greg Vaughan (Eric) and Arianne Zucker (Nicole). For more information on this event, click here. (Source)



Interview: Slicing Pie with Jen Lilley
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Categories: Days of Our Lives, General Hospital, Interviews

Enrolled in the University of Virginia’s theatre program, she actually ended up taking so many science and geology electives that her professor finally pulled her aside one day and informed her she was just two credits away from a degree. “Aren’t you a drama major?” the professor asked in confusion.

Most people would probably grapple with the choice of finishing one or the other course requirements. Not Lilley. She simply went ahead and double-majored in both, graduating Magna Cum Laude with a BS and a BA.  Offers were on the table for her to teach geology courses, and she actually did teach kindergarten for a time before she felt she had to give acting a real shot.

“I gave myself seven years,” she says. Seven years to see if she could make a living at being someone else, to see if she could persevere through what is undeniably one of the most difficult professions in the world, particularly for women.

But as delicate as she looks, Lilley is made of strong stuff, the backbone of which is founded on her faith.  Which, by the way, she didn’t always have. She didn’t come out of the womb quoting Ezekiel.  She was raised with it, but she questioned it, challenged it, demanded of it – the empiricist in her wanting more than to know it just from a book. She wanted to feel it in her gut.

“I’m the one who said, ‘Yeah, okay, if you’re real, I’m not gonna just buy it. You need to prove it to me.”  She’s trusting, but not willing to simply accept blindly what’s put in front of her. Give her a reason to invest, and she will, completely and with everything she has, and with no regrets. “I wake up every morning and choose not to be jaded.” Lilley contemplates her tea thoughtfully. “And I made a pact with my family:  If I ever start acting like a diva…please call me on it.”  She smiles again. “Nobody’s more honest with you than your family.”

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Jen Lilley plays against type as brunette bad girl
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Categories: Days of Our Lives, Interviews, The Crazy Ones

Roanoke County native turned Hollywood actress Jen Lilley is back on daytime television — and she’s scheduled to turn up on prime time, too.

The 2003 Cave Spring High School graduate portrays Theresa Donovan on NBC’s “Days of Our Lives” — the long-lost daughter of one of the show’s “supercouples,” as they’re termed in soap opera parlance.

And she’s bad news. Those back home who know Lilley, or who might be familiar with her through her year long stint playing haughty blonde Maxie Jones on ABC’s “General Hospital,” might not immediately recognize the actress with her new brunette hairdo and bad-girl attitude.

As a character, Theresa’s personality is the polar opposite of the actress who portrays her.

“She’s deliciously naughty,” Lilley said. “She’s a drug addict, party girl, promiscuous, manipulative and she’s just evil.”

Before joining “Days of Our Lives,” “I’ve only played the Meg Ryan/Reese Witherspoon roles.”

There are benefits to playing a naughty brunette. Lilley has landed a guest star spot in an upcoming episode of CBS’ new comedy “The Crazy Ones,” starring legendary funny man Robin Williams and Sarah Michelle Gellar of “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” fame.

In the episode, which airs at 9 p.m. Oct. 3, she plays Claire, “the promiscuous girl from the third floor,” as she describes it. “I’m like the bed buddy with one of the main characters.” Her storyline concludes on an open-ended note, so she might get to come back.

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More on The Crazy Ones
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On October 3rd look for Jen Lilley (Theresa) of Days of our Lives to spread her wings. She booked a guest starring role on the new CBS sitcom “The Crazy Ones” starring Robin Williams (and another former soap opera star, Daytime Emmy winner, Sarah Michelle Gellar.)

Lilley tells Soapdom during a recent Chicago visit that she is thrilled to be playing the role. “I really am. I love this. It gives me a chance to break-out and I mean working with Robin Williams?” Lilley said. “I have to tell you…he is one of the nicest guys to meet. He is real down to earth, very personable, and he said I’m good. Can you  ask for more?”

Lilley already filmed the episode, which is episode two of the new fall season. She said there is also a good chance that the part may recur, which would suit her fine. (Source)



Michael Fairman Soaps Interview
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MICHAEL: So, Jen you are the ringleader who got these guys to come along with you to Atlanta and Chicago for this one of a kind opportunity to meet the four of you. How did you entice these guys?

JEN: I flashed them and said, “Hey, you guys are hot! And, you can sleep in the same hotel room!” (Laughs) Actually, it was an open invitation to a lot of cast members, but I really get along with these guys. (Laughs) Didn’t you see our tweets? Blake is buying a shot for every person that buys a ticket.

CHANDLER: For every person who signed up, I was going to take a look at their car-radiator and see if I could fix it!

JEN: No, that wasn’t the tweet. What it was, though was every person that bought a ticket would get to sleep with Chandler! (Laughs) Well, obviously we are very fun group.

MICHAEL: Jen, you thought these three would be the fun guys to go with? Any second thoughts now? (Laughs)

JEN: Ah, no not at all. (Laughs)

MICHAEL: Is there structure, and an order to the festivities in Chicago on August 24th, and Atlanta on August 25th? (Laughs) Is there a schedule?

BLAKE: There is a schedule, and Q&A, and a birthday party for me! And my actually birthday is the Chicago date. I am turning 40! I just want it get it over with, and rip that band-aid off. I have a had a lot of work done.

JEN: If we sell 100 or 150 tickets, I will pop out of a cake and sing Blake “Happy Birthday!” … Marilyn Monroe style. All of us really love the fans. There is Q&A, and then we are going to have a hot lunch, in which I oversaw the menu, which was actually Rosie “my inner fat kid” who people who may not know, but I have mentioned her on Twitter. So, Rosie approved the menu. Then at night during the event, we are having a pictures and autograph session. We are also doing secret surprises. And in Atlanta, we are going to stay an entire extra day to do more one-on-one time with the fans. So people in Atlanta come to our event and you can have a private VIP experience!

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New Role: The Crazy Ones [Guest Appearance]
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Jen has booked a guest appearance on Robin Williams’ new CBS comedy “The Crazy Ones” premiering in the fall. More information when it’s released. If you’re on twitter, here’s Jen’s announcement.



Days of our Lives’ Jen Lilley likes to play mean
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Playing Salem’s newest ‘bad girl’ is just fine with Jen Lilley. Lilley is having the time of her life playing Theresa Donovan, Kim and Shane’s daughter (Patsy Peace and Charles Shaughnessy), a sassy, brassy, but yet oh so classy lady.

Her first episode spoke volumes that Theresa is not to be trusted, she is a person with antics and schemes up her sleeve. But she has a unique way of covering them up and is full of mystery and mystic. And keep in mind that when she was born her birth name was Jeannie, and now she prefers Theresa. Wonder why? Interesting!

“I find this a lot of fun and very challenging. This is the best role I’ve had,” Lilley shared with Soapdom. “I will tell you, Theresa has layers and a history. She has a lot of depth and is a colorful character.”

Lilley jokingly added that in real life the only qualities she shares with Theresa is that they are the same height and wear the same shoe size, and said that not even their hair color is the same. In fact, she admits that in life she is not as aggressive as her character and attributes her attitude to the acting coach (Maria O’Brien) that helps her get into the b—–y mode.

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Magazine Interview Alert: CBS Soaps In Depth
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Jen has a feature interview in the newest CBS Soaps In Depth, dated August 26th, on stands now! Full scans up when the issue is off news stands.

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