Jen Lilley is best known for playing the daughter of super couple Shane and Kimberly Donavan — Theresa — on Days of Our Lives, as well as playing Maxie Jones on General Hospital.
Along with her work on television, Lilley has also starred in a number of films on the Hallmark Channel. From starting a business when she was young to appearing in a Best Picture-winning film, here are five fast facts you need to know about the actress.
Who Is Jen Lilley?
Lilley was born on August 4 in Roanoke, Virginia to parents Ellen and Vincent Lilley as the second oldest of four children. Lilley was raised in Virginia and attended Cave Spring High School before going to the University of Virginia, where she graduated magna cum laude.
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Teen Business Owner
Though she started performing at a young age, Lilley actually owned and operated a wedding cake business when she was in high school. She made the cakes in her parents’ kitchen and was able to make money from her baking.
Dance With Oscar
Along with her work in television, Lilley made an appearance in the 2011 silent film, The Artist, which won five Academy Awards that year: Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Director, Best Costume Design, and Best Original Score.
The former Days of Our Lives star has always loved singing. She released a Christmas album in 2015 called Tinsel Time. She then released a single called King of Hearts in 2018, which is featured on her album Lilley. The single helped raise money for John, an 11-year-old boy from Uganda, to get the life-saving heart operation he so desperately needed.
Getting Personal With Jen Lilley
Lilley married her husband, Jason Wayne, on May 26, 2007. She and her husband became foster parents through an organization called Childhelp. So far, they have been able to adopt one of the boys — Kayden. They also welcomed their biological daughter, Julie Evangeline, on July 30, 2019.