LONG ROAD HOME
Jen Lilley says that DAYS OF OUR LIVES’ Theresa may never get back her life in Salem
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.”
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.”
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).