LONG ROAD HOME

Jen Lil­ley says that DAYS OF OUR LIVES’ Theresa may never get back her life in Salem

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Jen Lil­ley had left both Theresa and DAYS OF OUR LIVES be­hind in the spring of 2016 in or­der to make time in her life for be­com­ing a fos­ter mom, star­ring in movies and work­ing on her mu­sic. Hav­ing done all of that and more, she was in the right mind­set to re­turn and do some­thing that was also im­por­tant to her: re­deem­ing her char­ac­ter! “I’d told [head­writer] Ron Car­li­vati be­fore agree­ing to come back, ‘The most im­por­tant thing to me is that you honor my [prior] exit be­cause I left ev­ery­thing on the ta­ble. I even lost my voice for two months,’” Lil­ley re­veals. “And he was like, ‘Oh, don’t worry!’ And he to­tally kept his word.”

Full Cir­cle

Sure enough, upon mak­ing her es­cape from the un­speak­able cir­cum­stances of drug lord Ma­teo’s cap­tiv­ity (which she’d sub­mit­ted to in or­der to pro­tect her loved ones), Theresa got a chance to ex­plain her con­fus­ing past be­hav­ior. But things didn’t go ex­actly as she’d an­tic­i­pated — life in Salem had moved on! “Of course Brady wasn’t buy­ing it at first,” Lil­ley re­flects, “but even when he did start to be­lieve her, it was

like, ‘What [do we do] now, Theresa? I am gen­uinely in love with your sis­ter.’”

Prov­ing that she, too, can be self­less, Eve had bowed out in or­der to give Tate’s par­ents the chance to re­unite their fam­ily. “There was a lot of con­fu­sion, anger and heartache. It was just bru­tal in the best way,” Lil­ley re­calls. “It’s what you hope for as an ac­tor, and I think Ron did a great job of keep­ing it real and raw. It was won­der­ful ma­te­rial to play.”

Oh, Mother!

But when the truth came out that Theresa had left be­hind fel­low cap­tive Chloe (who hap­pens to (con­tin­ues)

In 2011, Lil­ley spelled Kirsten Storms as GEN­ERAL HOS­PI­TAL’s Maxie (op­po­site Brad­ford An­der­son as Spinelli).

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