Jen Lilley, who has recently given birth to her second child, certainly has another reason to celebrate. That’s because she was born on August 4, 1984, in Roanoke, Virginia meaning that she turned 35 years old this past weekend.
The Roanoke, VA native graduated from the University of Virginia with a double major in both Geology and Theatre Studies and received Magna Cum Laude honors.
Lilley was made an offer to teach geology courses at her alma matter and actually spent one about a year heading a kindergarten class before deciding to pursue her dream of becoming an actress.
She remembers making a promise that she would allot seven years in which to establish herself as an acting professional and if she found not opportunities she would return to the world of academia.
The year 2011 proved a banner year for Lilley who secured a role in the major motion picture The Artist and a guest role on the iCarly TV film iParty With Victoria Justice. That same year she auditioned for General Hospital casting director Mark Teschner who was looking to cast “the Woman in White.”
She didn’t secure that role (and it’s just as well considering the moment the character stopped “haunting” Wyndemere and started speaking she took a bullet to the gut) but she made a big impression. Later that year, Teschner called her back to test for another role and the food-poisoned actress dragged herself to of her sickbed to make the call.
She wound up subbing for actress Kirsten Storms in the part of fan-favorite Maxie Jones and stayed on the soap for over a year. In 2013, Lilley joined the cast of NBC’s Days of Our Lives in the role of legacy character Theresa Donovan.
Lilley played the role until 2016 and returned for a three-month guest stint in 2018. Since then, she has appeared in the Hallmark Channel original A Dash of Love and released two music albums entitled Tinsel Time and Lilley.
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