Even though Theresa has left town on Days of Our Lives (DOOL), fans still adore actress Jen Lilley, who celebrated an amazing milestone over the weekend.
Lilley was born on August 4, 1984, in Roanoke, Virginia, which means that she turned 34 on Saturday! The daughter of Vince, a judge, and Ellen, a director of marketing/event planner, she has two brothers and a sister.
Being an enterprising teen, Lilley owned and operated a wedding cake business in high school out of her parents’ kitchen.
Originally, she wanted to be a singer. In fact, Lilley didn’t start acting until she was attending the University of Virginia, which she graduated from early with magna cum laude honors. While there, she played the lead in an indie film called The Loss of Life.
She has guest starred on many primetime shows including Castle, Criminal Minds, and Grey’s Anatomy. Her first soap role was subbing for Kirsten Storms as Maxie on General Hospital in 2011, but it was in 2013 that she was cast on DAYS, bringing Shane and Kimberly’s youngest to life.
She has since gone on to appear in many Hallmark movies and is slated to do a film with former All My Children actor and Mean Girls star, Jonathan Bennett called Stuck Out of Love.
Lilley has been active in various charities, especially those which focus on protecting children against physical and sexual abuse. She garnered the National Educators Award for her work in Guatemala and serves as a celebrity ambassador for the child abuse and treatment organization Childhelp.
Children have remained her major focus. In 2016, she embarked on her greatest adventure — receiving her first foster child. Now she is preparing to birth another special project — a new album. As soon as she shares more details, we’ll be sure to let you know.
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