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Interview: Examiner.com (April 2015)
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Categories: Days of Our Lives, General Hospital, Interviews, Turn Around Jake

Actress Jen Lilley has an ingénue quality, flawless skin, and green pools for eyes—you literally want to dive right into them. If you do choose to dive into the pool, you won’t be wading, as this Southern lady is a person of depth, both intellectually or spiritually. Her original career goal was law, and she is well-read and varied in her interests, including baking quality desserts and restoring furniture. But for Jen acting is the calling, and seven years in Hollywood has afforded her some remarkable opportunities. She earned a turn in the Academy Award-winning feature film THE ARTIST, where she was able to express her remarkable beauty and grace.

Jen is also a comedienne with innate comic timing. She has done improv with the Upright Citizens Brigade, and has garnered appearances on TWO AND A HALF MEN, and iCARLY. Despite all these inherent and hard-earned assets, she doesn’t take herself too seriously. She understands she is a marketable commodity on which the entertainment industry places high value.

“I always knew that whatever I did in life, whether it was to be a lawyer or whatever—I just knew I wanted to make money to give it away. And I wanted to have a platform to be able to speak to people. So acting is kind of a natural fit for that, right? Because you have this ridiculous platform where for whatever reason, I play dress up and people listen to me.”

At present, Jen gets dressed up to play Theresa Donovan, the devious drug and booze addicted vixen on NBC’s DAYS OF OUR LIVES. DAYS is one of the last surviving soap operas on daytime television, celebrating its 50th anniversary this year.

Jen has been a part of the cast since 2013, and has impacted critics, as well as her fans with her no-holds barred portrayal of the villainous Theresa. Because the character came off so diabolical, Jen originally had misgivings about taking on the role.

“I did the role of “Maxie Jones” on General Hospital for 11 months. Because of that I had DAYS attention. I auditioned for the role of “Jordan” and the role of “Theresa”, and they were like, which role do you like better. I thought I liked the role of Jordan better, because she’s a sweet girl. And they were like, ‘Well, we kind of wrote Theresa with you in mind.’ I said, ‘Can you spell “Theresa” for me?’ Maybe I’m reading the wrong character; this is so not my character.”

Jen has been a committed Christian since the age of 9, and is an admitted “goody two-shoes”, so taking on Theresa would definitely be a stretch.

“I just didn’t know if I wanted to play a character like that. She’s really evil; she’s slutty, and promiscuous. I just wasn’t seeing the appeal of it. So of course, I’m praying about it, and I really felt like God just kept saying, this is your role, this is your role.

 
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ET Online: What It’s Really Like to Work on ‘Days of Our Lives’
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Categories: Days of Our Lives, Interviews

“Like sands through the hourglass, so are the Days of Our Lives.”

But how does that sand continue to fall through the same hourglass for five decades? After Days of Our Lives tied for Best Drama Series at the 2015 Daytime Emmys, ETonline went behind-the-scenes to find out some secrets about what it’s really like to work for the iconic soap opera.

Robert Scott Wilson (Ben Rogers) joined the cast last January, and he spoke about how he believes everyone there is hard-working.

“From the outside world looking in, it’s like, ‘Oh it’s just a soap opera.’ I think what a lot of people don’t know is how much work we actually do in a day,” the 27-year-old actor and former Price Is Right model told ETonline. “We shoot almost 150 pages of work a day. Most shows that you watch in prime time that are one-hour episodes, it takes them seven to 10 days to shoot one episode. We shoot seven and a half episodes in one week.”

But even then, there’s no typical day.

“I can be here from 7:30 in the morning to 7:00 at night. It depends,” said Wilson. “Sometimes we get really lucky and we can film multiple episodes in one day. Other times, we drag out an episode for two weeks.”

And the pressure is always on.

As Jen Lilley (Theresa Donovan) explained, there are no teleprompters or cue cards, and “You get one take to nail it. You have one night or maybe a few hours tops to prepare 20 scenes. You can’t drop the ball.” You can drop props though, whether you throw a drink across the room or pull a Theresa and whack John Black (played by Drake Hogestyn) with a fireplace poker.

“When I had to hit John over the head, I was terrified,” Lilley admitted. “It was a rubber fireplace poker, and there was a stunt double I had to hit. I had to full-on hit him on the head, and I felt the reverberation in my hand. It was scary.”

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Interview: Daytime Emmys – Mingle Media
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Categories: Days of Our Lives, Gallery, General Hospital, Interviews, Media

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April 26 – Daytime Emmy Awards



Interview: Creative Emmys – Mingle Media
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April 24 – Daytime Creative Arts Emmy Awards



Buzzfeed: 12 GIFs That Perfectly Sum Up Life In Your Twenties
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Categories: News

Buzzfeed comes through once again with a fun feature, 12 GIFs That Perfectly Sum Up Life In Your Twenties starring Jen herself.

Check it out here!!!

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Daytime Creative Emmy Awards Presenter
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Categories: Days of Our Lives, News

Jen and her DAYS co-star Casey Moss are scheduled to be a presenter at the 42nd Annual Daytime Creative Emmy Awards taking place April 24th. The Daytime Emmys take place two days later on April 26th.



Jen Speaks to Buzzfeed on Classic Villains
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Jen played “first word that comes to mind” with Buzzfeed in regards to 13 classic villains. Check it out here!

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Soap Central Interview on Turn Around Jake
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Categories: Interviews, Turn Around Jake

Lilley has a plethora of films under her belt, including The Back-Up Bride, One Small Hitch, and The Book of Esther, and they all show her range as a talented actress. However, Turn Around Jake, which tells the story of a young man bent on success who loses everything only to discover a family he never knew he had, showcases her talents in a way DAYS fans probably can’t even imagine.

“Jessica and Theresa are so different,” Lilley says of her Turn Around Jake alter ego. “I always look to play different character types, and I think just like people, each character is unique and wonderful. I think for most actors — though I can only truly speak for myself — there’s a catharsis that happens when you become a character for any project. Through that process, I use my characters to learn about myself, and then I use that revelation to change what I can and embrace what’s good.”

In fact, the opportunity to play Jessica Henry is exactly what drew the actress to the film in the first place. “I was at Denver airport, flying back from a different film shoot… and my dear friend Mackenzie Marsh was casting the film and called me with the offer and sent me the script,” she explains. “I think Turn Around Jake is a well-rounded script, and I think Jessica Henry is a firecracker. I like playing strong women with layered vulnerability.”

Read the full interview here.