Archive for the ‘News’ Category

Posted by Brianne • Comments Off on Interview:
Categories: Days of Our Lives, Interviews, Music
An exploding music career, angry catfights, and keeping her real-life marriage a secret are all in a day’s work for Days of our Lives star Jen Lilley. In a interview, Jen reveals the soundtrack to the soapy days of her life.

“I thought I’d start to dabble in singing and just kind of try to start learning, and then all of a sudden, it was like, ‘Well here you go, here you go, here you go,'” she says with a laugh, adding that both the holiday tune and the resulting recording opportunity came out of a simple resolution. “I’m a total nerd, and I make seven-year plans, and I make five-year plans, and one of my goals for the year 2014 was to record one Christmas song, so that’s kind of how it came about. And then it just became bigger and bigger and bigger… definitely beyond what I ever thought was going to happen. It’s really exciting.”

Funny enough, the actress also credits DAYS newcomer Christopher Sean (Paul Narita) for convincing her to pursue a singing career. “He’s actually one of the people that kind of put the nail in and solidified the fact that I was going to start singing again, because he was always so encouraging,” she enthuses. “He would always ask me to sing for him. He was like, ‘Oh, I heard you singing.’ And I was like, ‘Um, when did you hear me singing?!’ And he was like, ‘Oh, you were walking down the hall, and you didn’t know I was there,’ and I was like, ‘Oh, that’s awkward’ [laughs]… My parents, they always called me their songbird, because I still do it to this day, and I don’t realize I’m doing it until I start consciously thinking about it, but every time I walk to my car, and when I walk from my car to my front door, I sing, and I’ve done that my whole life. My parents used to always say, ‘We always knew when you were home, because it would be one in the morning and you’d be singing at the door. Even if you were trying to sneak in, we knew you were home, because we heard you singing.’ So yeah, I do, I walk around singing and don’t realize I’m doing it.”

Read the full interview with Jen here.

Jen Recording an Album
Posted by Brianne • Comments Off on Jen Recording an Album
Categories: Music, News

2014 ended on a high note for Days of our Lives’ Jen Lilley (Theresa Donovan, who released a Christmas song with costar Eric Martsolf (Brady Black) this holiday season. But it looks like 2015 will be even better, because the actress is now recording a full-length album!

“One of my goals for the year was to record a Christmas CD, and that’s how the song came about, and then it just became bigger and bigger and bigger,” Lilley recalls of the snowball effect her and Martsolf’s rendition of the classic tune “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” has been able to achieve. “We recorded with Frank Sinatra’s musicians, and once we got in the studio, they were like, ‘Oh, we didn’t realize you guys could really sing,’ and Eric and I were like, ‘Wait, what?’ And then they said, ‘Well, most actors think they can sing, but they can’t,’ which I didn’t realize, and then they said they want to record two full albums with me next year.”

Lilley will record her album at the legendary Capitol records with several of the label’s producers. The goal is to get Lilley signed to a record deal.

As you’d expect, Lilley is over the moon with the offer and already has big plans for her future as a singer. “One will be a full Christmas album, and one will be, well, I don’t know, I’m thinking I’m going to do a 1940s album, because I love 1940s music,” she shares of the direction she’ll be going for the two albums. “I would like to write original songs, but maybe I’m not at that skill level yet. Maybe I’ll start studying that this year and aim for that next year. But we’ll see.”

Either way, the actress can also look forward to working with “I Will Survive” singer Gloria Gaynor, who has expressed interest in recording a duet with Lilley. “It’s so exciting,” the actress enthuses. “I was like, ‘Wait, what?! With me?! What?’ I keep checking to see if people are actually listening [to ‘Baby, It’s Cold Outside’], because I keep thinking this is all like a weird dream that I’m going to wake up from and think, ‘God, I’m such a narcissist!'”

As for whether or not music might take the actress away from daytime remains to be seen. “I’ve thought about that a lot,” Lilley admits. “It’s hard to say, but I definitely don’t think I could go on without acting. I really enjoy the art of storytelling, and I think singing is storytelling too, but I will always want to act more than I want to sing — I think. Because they asked me that, too. They said, ‘You could quit right now and become a full-on recording artist.’ And I was like, ‘Yeah, I don’t think that’s what I want to do.’ I want to do both, and I think you can do both. People do it. But… if it was like an option of going on tour musically, or doing a movie, I’d rather do a movie, I think. Ask me again in a couple of years!” (Source)

TV Alert: Home and Family – December 23
Posted by Brianne • Comments Off on TV Alert: Home and Family – December 23
Categories: Music, News

Jen and Eric Martsolf will be appearing on Hallmark’s Home and Family December 23 (Tuesday). Check your local listings and set your DVRs to hear them sing their single Baby, It’s Cold Outside.

Youthful Daze: Season 4
Posted by Brianne • Comments Off on Youthful Daze: Season 4
Categories: News, Youthful Daze

It’s been announced that Jen will be continuing in her role as Natalie on Youthful Daze’s fourth season.  Season four will begin airing in June.

New Single: Baby It’s Cold Outside
Posted by Brianne • Comments Off on New Single: Baby It’s Cold Outside
Categories: Music, News

Just in time for the holidays, DAYS’s Jen Lilley (Theresa) and Eric Martsolf (Brady) have teamed up to record a cover version of “Baby It’s Cold Outside.”

“Before I knew I wanted to be an actress or do anything, I wanted to have a Christmas album,” reveals Lilley. “ ‘Baby It’s Cold Outside’ is one of my favorite songs, so I wanted to start with it.” Martsolf adds, “When Jen called me up and said she had some members from Frank Sinatra’s band, I responded, ‘Just tell me when.’ The girl’s resourcefulness is off the charts. It’s the perfect Christmas duet.”

To purchase the song, go to iTunes. (Source)

Appearance Alert: December 5 – New York
Posted by Brianne • Comments Off on Appearance Alert: December 5 – New York
Categories: News

Interview: Daytime Confidential
Posted by Brianne • Comments Off on Interview: Daytime Confidential
Categories: Days of Our Lives, Interviews

Daytime Confidential interviewed Jen and co-star Eric Martsolf. I’ve included portions of the interview below with a link to view the whole interview.

Daytime Confidential: Kristen committed fetal theft. How does the embryo-snatching impact Theresa?

Jen Lilley: It’s a really wonderful unraveling of Theresa. I think it’s a chance for fans, that have not otherwise empathized with her, to maybe see a little bit of the softer side of her. I mean, she’s not a gooey, mushy character, but at the same time, most women can relate to maternal instincts and losing, I don’t know, the love of your child.

DC: What’s coming up for your characters?

JL: For Theresa, it’s just a complete unraveling. She’s already like halfway out and it just keeps going and going. It’s just an awful unraveling of Theresa. I don’t know how else to put it. It’s just so tragic, because I think she’s kind of like the boy who cried wolf. It’s like all of a sudden there’s no hope for her. Nobody believes anything that comes out of her mouth.

EM: Brady is in line with many of those people. He’s not willing to listen to anything she has to say, really. Everyone manipulates me. Everyone lies to me. He’s in no position to believe anything she has to say.

JL: Brady’s the only person she cares about in Salem and she’s lost him. She’s lost everything.

EM: But obviously with this set up, we can’t go into detail with what goes on. But, even [the shows we are filming] right now, we are dealing with what’s going on. It’s a big set up and the fans, I think, are going to be really excited about the payoff. It took me by surprise.

JL: It took us all by surprise. Get your tissues ready.

EM: It’s heart-wrenching. It’s sad.  This tough-ass character of Theresa Donovan, you’re going to see a much softer, more vulnerable side. Her underbelly’s going to be exposed, so to speak. If you thought she was the woman to hate on the program, you’re going to change your mind very quickly, because you’re going to feel some sympathy with her plight that’s going on. Will Brady be there for her? I don’t know. You’ll have to see.

Read entire interview here.

Interviews: Day of DAYS (November 8)
Posted by Brianne • Comments Off on Interviews: Day of DAYS (November 8)
Categories: Days of Our Lives, Gallery, Interviews

Preview Preview Preview Preview
November 8 – Day of DAYS

Watch Jen and Eric interviewed by TVFanatic. Listen to their interview with Diva of DOOL.