After a big escape (from her captor in Mexico) and a major win (being awarded custody of her son Tate), Jen Lilley is leaving Days of our Lives and Theresa Donovan is splitting Salem, again.
For Lilley the 10-week stint flew by. One minute, she was back at the studio bearing homemade baked goods for her co-workers. The next, she was cleaning out her dressing room and saying goodbye. But was her return everything she’d hoped it would be?
“It was, and it wasn’t,” admits Lilley candidly. “It was in the sense that it was so wonderful to be back on the set.
“And I got to work with [DAYS head writer] Ron Carlivati, who I had worked with briefly when I was on General Hospital [subbing as Maxie Jones], and Kassie DePaiva (Eve), Eric Martsolf (Brady) and Casey Moss (JJ). For me it’s all about the cast and crew, and it was awesome to be back with all of them.”
At the top of that list is veteran John Aniston (Victor).
“I have such a heart for John Aniston,” confides Lilley. “I love him, and I am a spoiled little girl in that he loves me. That’s something I never dreamed I’d be able to say. We have a great relationship. Working with him was just the bee’s knees. He’s fantastic in every way.”
From a storyline standpoint, Lilley was grateful to be able to play Theresa’s true feelings about abandoning Brady and their family in 2016.
“I was excited to finally be able to release the emotions and the tears that I had to hold back on my exit, so that Brady wouldn’t know why Theresa was really leaving,” says Lilley, referring to her character protecting her man and her son from crime lord Mateo.
“That was nice. Theresa didn’t have to be tough anymore. She could show how she really felt, and it was fantastic.”
Yet, there was one turn that did irk Lilley. “The only thing that was disappointing, to me, was that …continue reading on the next page —>