Catch­ing Up

What’s new with Jen Lil­ley (ex-theresa)?

CBS Soaps In Depth - - Contents - — Kelli M. Lar­son

On DAYS OF OUR LIVES, Theresa re­joiced upon gain­ing cus­tody of her son. And it’s no se­cret that her por­trayer, Jen Lil­ley, has a soft spot for chil­dren, too. But even be­fore be­com­ing a foster mom, her deep­est de­sire was to build a vil­lage for oth­ers in need. While that re­mains her fu­ture goal, she wants to make one child’s wish come true now. “I’m do­nat­ing the pro­ceeds from my new sin­gle, ‘King Of Hearts,’ as well as from pre-sales of and mer­chan­dise re­lat­ing to my up­com­ing al­bum, Lil­ley, to ob­tain heart surgery for an 11-year-old Ugan­dan boy named John,” she ex­plains of her part­ner­ship with Project Or­phan. “I’m mak­ing him my king of hearts.”

Lil­ley says that her al­bum is “a story of love, loss and re­la­tion­ships” and that the songs are “very much like Bri­tish pop with a ’60s, Mo­town-soul feel.” (Get a pre­view at jenlil­ley­mu­sic.com.)

Big News!

Lil­ley’s had lots to keep her own feet mov­ing lately. In ad­di­tion to fi­nal­iz­ing the adop­tion of the now 2-year-old foster son that she and her hus­band took in, they’ve also been car­ing for his in­fant brother. “It’s been a very emo­tional sit­u­a­tion,” she con­fides. “But I’m just trust­ing that the Lord loves these boys even more than I do and that He has a plan.”

Ready To Min­gle!

In the mean­time, Lil­ley con­tin­ues to make movies! Catch her Sun­day, Novem­ber 18, in Hall­mark’s Min­gle All The Way. “I play Molly, who’s cre­ated a net­work­ing app for peo­ple need­ing a ‘plus one’ for things like the of­fice hol­i­day party,” the ac­tress of­fers. But when she tests it out her­self, Molly finds a win­some ex­ec­u­tive (played by

DAYS’ for­mer Brian, Brant Daugh­erty) who could be­come more than just a pla­tonic part­ner. “They go on mul­ti­ple dates, and mis­un­der­stand­ings en­sue.”

The BIONIC Mom!

Lil­ley felt a sense of kis­met upon dis­cov­er­ing that THE BIONIC WOMAN’S Lind­say Wag­ner, who plays her mother, is a fel­low child advocate. “She’s get­ting me in­volved with her char­ity, ICAN [In­ter-agency Coun­cil On Child Abuse And Ne­glect],” the ac­tress con­fides. “I’m stoked!”

Next, the star struts her stuff in the up­com­ing com­edy Stuck Out Of Love. “It’s lit­er­ally Ground­hog Day with me in­stead of Bill Mur­ray!” she pre­views, adding, “Jonathan Ben­nett (JR, ALL MY CHIL­DREN) is ab­so­lutely hys­ter­i­cal as my ex-boyfriend, whose at­ten­tion I’m try­ing to re­gain the en­tire time my day is re­peat­ing.”

Min­gle All TheWay co-star Daugh­erty is “a good ac­tor and such a giv­ing scene part­ner,” says Lil­ley. “I’m hop­ing we’ll work to­gether again.”

Lil­ley’s retro look gives a hint of what her new al­bum sounds like.

“I like Theresa be­cause she’s hon­est,” says the DAYS alum. “She re­ally is try­ing her best to be a good per­son.”

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