Jen Lilley is back for an extended and emotional run as Days of Our Lives’ Theresa Donovan and she promises fans it’s going to be must-see TV.
“It’s good soap, it’s good drama, and I’m very excited for people to see it,” says Lilley.
When last seen in Salem, Theresa left Brady (Eric Martsolf) and their young son Tate to head off with the dangerous Mateo.
She convinced Brady she was over him and motherhood, but in reality, Theresa gave up the family she loved to spare them from the drug lord’s harm.
Honoring the Past
Lilley’s main concern returning to DAYS was that Theresa’s exit “be honored, because it was so selfless,” notes Lilley.
“Another thing that was particularly important to me was the fact that right before I left, Victor (John Aniston) and Theresa made amends. I wanted to make sure that was going to be something that came back around.”
So she had a talk with the soap’s head scribe Ron Carlivati. “He’s an incredibly talented and gifted writer, but at the same time I wasn’t sure how much he knew about my exit,” explains Lilley. “I love that he chatted with me about it and completely put me at ease.”
Viewers have already gotten their first glimpse of Theresa, who’s in Mexico with the recently abducted Chloe (Nadia Bjorlin). But exactly what is the two women’s predicament?
“Theresa’s been a victim of human trafficking for the last year and a half,” shares Lilley. “And human trafficking is the most debasing, dehumanizing form of slavery that exists in the world today.”
“The only thing that has kept Theresa alive is the idea of coming home to Brady and Tate and [the idea of] having it be this wonderful thing.”
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