|Days of Our Lives,Interviews,Media||November 27th,2015||Comments Off on [Videos] Day of Days Interviews|
|Days of Our Lives,Interviews,Media,Music,The Spirit of Christmas||November 27th,2015||Comments Off on Audio – Out Takes Interview|
Jen Lilley, dreamt about doing a Christmas album since she was a child, and this year, her dream becomes reality with her new CD, Tinsel Town! Not only is the CD available now, Christmas 2015 is guaranteed to be doubly rosy and bright for her, because she will also light up the screen in the Lifetime holiday film, The Spirit of Christmas.
“I’m all over,” she said with a laugh. “In addition to playing Theresa, I have been busy. I have many goals and that is to accomplish a lot in this business. I also have about 15 careers in mind that I want to fulfill someday. I’m busy and want to be in everything,” she said. But Days of our Lives fans fear not. “My first love is playing Theresa with all my heart,” Lilley shared.
Lilley’s Tinsel Time CD has recently been released and contains a beautiful collection of Christmas songs — some old favorites and some that are newly penned. All are upbeat and without a doubt, guaranteed to give your holiday a lift.
“As a kid I always wanted this. I’m always singing. I love Christmas music, and before I got into this career as an actress, I always knew I wanted an album. I was always a little song bird — singing every where I go.”
Lilley got together with a publicist friend and told him of her ideas. She then was in touch with producer and two-time Grammy winner, Rob Christie, after recording a Christmas track with Eric Martsolf (Brady, Days of our Lives) last year.
“I knew nothing. Rob did it all. He remembered me from the song last year and said I should record and come back,” Lilley said. “I took him up on his offer and Tinsel Time was born. I have to say I’m thrilled.”
Lilley was able to pick her own songs and she gathered together veteran musicians like Gregg Field and Chuck Burghofer, who worked with Frank Sinatra. She also teamed with pianist Tom Rainier, who was the piano man to Tony Bennett and Barbara Streisand.
“I have the best (musicians) and am so blessed,” Lilley said. “These are musicians whose talent level is beyond belief.” Not to mention the fact that Lilley herself graces the CD playing a little ukulele on Santa Baby.
There are a total of eight tracks on the CD including Baby It’s Cold Outside, the duet with Eric Martsolf (Brady, Days of our Lives), a terrific rendition of Santa Baby, and a jazzed up version of Frank Sinatra’s Jingle Bells.
Lilley said that anyone purchasing Tinsel Time from her website, www.jenlilley.com will receive an autographed CD and a personal Christmas card from her. How cool is that!
The CD’s title tune and first single, Tinsel Time, was co-written by Donald Benjamin and Kevin J. Regan. Benjamin, a longtime friend and fan of Soapdom, shared his initial inspiration for the song. “I just wanted to write a more traditional, happy Christmas tune. I don’t care for the modern stuff.” He wrote the music and the lyrics to the first verse. “Kevin did the rest, and Rob Christie put it all together.” But he feels that what really makes the song is Lilley. “I love her. She’s got a fantastic voice.”
From CD’s to television movies!
On Saturday, December 19th (8/7c), Lifetime will air the movie, The Spirit of Christmas, where Lilley plays Boston attorney, Kate Jordan, a high-strung, high-powered woman that only cares about getting ahead in the world, and puts career first.
“I read the script, I auditioned, and I knew I wanted this part,” Lilley said “I also have a fond love for this role because there was a time I wanted to be an attorney.”
The story centers around Kate Jordan, who is offered a promotion if she can do an appraisal of a Vermont bed and breakfast during the holidays and is given only three weeks to complete the assignment.
The glitch is the establishment is haunted, and any of the previous male appraisers ran for the hills upon finding out. Being strong willed and not a believer in ghosts, Lilley’s character tackles the mission, but as one can imagine, she will come face to face with a man who was murdered on the property 100 years ago.
The ghost (Daniel) played by French-Canadian actor, Thomas Beaudoin, is shall we say, too much to handle for Attorney Jordan and love will soon blossom.
But now, there’s a second big wrinkle to this tale. The spirit only comes back once a year and only during the twelve days of Christmas.
“Would you believe it?” Lilley said laughing. “I love this film, and promise a lot of twists and intrigue with mystery. It will be fun to watch. When it airs I will be watching like every one else with my popcorn. It is weird to watch myself, and I hope my real-life husband, understands,” she said with a giggle. “I also want to say what an honor it was to work with Thomas Beaudoin. He is a big star in Canada and in France.”
Lilley said that doing the film was a breather away from Days of our Lives. “Doing a film is so different and the entire film was shot in a few weeks,” she revealed.
Shot on location last year in Boston, Lilley endured five major blizzards during production — a far cry from the temperate temps of LA, the land of sunshine and palm trees.
“Oh my, I must say that the walls of the snow were taller than me, but I survived. Again…I’m so happy to have been a part of this film and hope that without a doubt, it will become a regular every year Holiday classic.” (Source)
|Days of Our Lives,Interviews,Music,The Spirit of Christmas||November 27th,2015||Comments Off on Soapdom Interview|
Jen is the celebrity host for Childhelp San Diego Chapter’s 29th Annual Holiday Fantasia on November 21! For information on joining her, see their site here.
|News||November 17th,2015||Comments Off on Jen’s Hosting Holiday Fantasia in San Diego|
DAYS’s Eric Martsolf (Brady) and Jen Lilley (Theresa) have been tapped to host the 7th Annual Indie Series Awards, which will be held on Wednesday, April 6, 2016 at the historic El Portal Theater in North Hollywood, CA. Nominees will be announced on February 3, 2016. The ISAs celebrate the best in independently produced scripted entertainment created for the Web. (Source)
|News||November 15th,2015||Comments Off on Jen & Eric Hosting the Indie Series Awards|
To commemorate its 50th anniversary, DAYS is releasing a photo book and launching a book tour in support of the release. Days of our Lives: 50 Years, by Co-Executive Producer Greg Meng, will be released on October 27, and the cast will visit New York, Phoenix, Los Angeles, Denver, Kansas City and Atlanta, among others. A slew of stars will be participating in the cross-country book tour, including Kristian Alfonso (Hope), Camila Banus (Gabi), Bryan R. Dattilo (Lucas), Judi Evans (Adrienne), Billy Flynn (Chad), Galen Gering (Rafe), Deidre Hall (Marlena), Bill Hayes (Doug), Susan Seaforth-Hayes (Julie), Drake Hogestyn (John), Lauren Koslow (Kate), Wally Kurth (Justin), James Lastovic (Joey), Jen Lilley (Theresa), Martha Madison (Belle), Kate Mansi (Abigail), Eric Martsolf (Brady), Peggy McCay (Caroline), Stephen Nichols (Steve), Thaao Penghlis (Andre), Melissa Reeves (Jennifer), James Reynolds (Abe), Suzanne Rogers (Maggie), Christopher Sean (Paul), Sal Stowers (Lani), Greg Vaughan (Eric) and Arianne Zucker (Nicole), as well as Meng. In a press release touting the book tour, Meng states, “As a longtime member of the Corday Productions family, it is a privilege to present this memory book. Days of our Lives: 50 Years is a collection of rare photos providing a big picture view of the show’s history while reflecting the heart and soul of the show through some of the beloved and iconic stories during the first 50 years. This is a tribute to our family of fans around the world.” (Source)
- Los Angeles-10/25/2015 Book signing at Barnes & Noble The Grove at 2:00pm
- Phoenix-10/26/2015 Book signing at Changing Hands at 6:30pm
- New York-10/27/2015 Book signing at Barnes & Noble on 5th Avenue at 12:00pm
- Northvale, NJ-10/27/2015 Book signing at Books & Greetings at 6:30pm
- Denver-10/28/2015 Book signing at Tattered Cover, Aspen Grove at 6:30pm
- Dallas-10/29/2015 Book signing at Barnes & Noble at 6:30pm
- Kansas City-10/30/2015 Book signing at Oak Park Mall (B&N) at 6:30pm
- Atlanta-10/30/2015- FoxTale Book Shoppe – Location TBD at 6:30pm
- Pigeon Forge-10/31/2015 Book signing at the Titanic Museum from 11:00am to 3:00pm
No word on which cast members will be at which signings.
|Days of Our Lives,News||September 17th,2015||Comments Off on DOOL: 50th Anniversary Photo Book|
|Interviews,Media||August 23rd,2015||Comments Off on Video Interview: Pure Flix Q&A|
Jen Lilley is one of the kindest human beings around. Her glass is always full, her joyful light shines bright, and she’s just one of those people who makes you happier when you’re around them.
From Hannah Montana to Queen Esther to modern day soap operas, Jen stays busy! Plus…there’s always philanthropy, table saws, recording music, and her love of Dean Martin to keep her occupied, just in case learning 30 pages of dialogue a day isn’t enough for her.
When did you decide to become an actor?
“During the spring semester of my second year in college. I auditioned for an independent film on a whim and booked the lead female role. When I got on set, I fell in love with the crew and the movie making process from start to finish. So, naturally, I decided to learn as much as I could about acting as a career.
“I wondered why some actresses were successful when so many were not, and I deduced that the answer is most actors don’t treat acting as a business, but simply as a means to acquire fame and accolades. I’m more interested in the art of story-telling and how it affects an audience, and having a platform to talk about kindness and helping others. I set about learning as much as I could about the business of acting and approach acting as a business as much as an art form. Eight years later, I’m still loving every moment!”
|Crossing Streets,Days of Our Lives,General Hospital,Guest Appearances,Interviews,Music,Revelation Road 2,The Book of Esther,The Spirit of Christmas,Where Are You Bobby Browning?||August 23rd,2015||Comments Off on Interview: Talent Monthly|