Days Of Our Lives

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Jen Lil­ley is mak­ing her pres­ence known on SABC3’s newly re­turned Days Of Our Lives (1965-cur­rent) as bad girl Theresa Dono­van. And while we’re go­ing to have her on­screen for a while, Jen quit the soap in May 2016 af­ter three years. “Not play­ing her pains me. She’s a mess of gor­geous chaos,” says Jen of Theresa.

The 32-year-old says that she felt 1

held back on the soap. “Given the de­mand­ing pro­duc­tion sched­ule that a soap opera re­quires, that just wasn’t pos­si­ble with the other com­mit­ments and op­por­tu­ni­ties I wanted to pur­sue,” says Jen, who’s open to re­turn­ing to her role if of­fered the chance.

She is also kept busy by her phi­lan2

thropic work. Jen is an ad­vo­cate for charity group Child­help that as­sists abused chil­dren and she works with The Thirst Project, who help build water pu­rifi­ca­tion schemes around the world.

With 443 episodes as Theresa 3

un­der her belt, Days Of Our Lives is Jen’s long­est act­ing gig. But be­fore join­ing the soap, she was on ri­val show Gen­eral Hospi­tal (1963-cur­rent) for 114 episodes, play­ing the char­ac­ter of Maxie Jones from 2011 to 2012.

Her act­ing de­but was a lit­tle less 4

im­pres­sive than her cur­rent roles though. “I played a swim­suit model in a 2007 episode of [Mi­ley Cyrus show] Han­nah Mon­tana (2006-2011) in 2007. I cringe about that now,” she laughs.

Jen has an usual pas­sion: pump­kin. 5

Her twit­ter de­scrip­tion in­cludes “pump­kin ad­dict” and she posts snaps of ev­ery­thing from pump­kin pie to non­fat pump­kin lat­tes from Star­bucks.

As for the other love of her life, 6

she’s been mar­ried to truck driver Jason Wayne since 2007. “He’s my rock, the one who keeps me nor­mal,” she says. NB! See more on p29.

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