Jen Lilley

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Jen Lilley
Jen Lilley (2013).jpg
Lilley at the Redlight Traffic's inaugural Dignity Gala, 2013.
BornAugust 4, 1984 (age 30) Roanoke, Virginia, United States
OccupationActress
Years active2007–present
Known for
ReligionChristian
Spouse(s)Jason Wayne (m. 2007)
 
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Jen Lilley
Jen Lilley (2013).jpg
Lilley at the Redlight Traffic's inaugural Dignity Gala, 2013.
BornAugust 4, 1984 (age 30) Roanoke, Virginia, United States
OccupationActress
Years active2007–present
Known for
ReligionChristian
Spouse(s)Jason Wayne (m. 2007)

Jen Lilley is an American actress. She played a supporting role in the hit film The Artist and portrayed Maxie Jones on the ABC soap opera General Hospital, as a replacement for Kirsten Storms from September 2011 until August 2012, due to an illness keeping the actress from playing the role.[1]

In April 2013, Lilley was announced to have joined the Days of our Lives cast.[2] Lilley made her on-screen debut as Theresa Donovan, daughter of Shane Donovan and Kimberly Brady, on July 3, 2013.[3]

Personal life[edit]

Lilley was born in Roanoke, Virginia to Ellen and Vincent Lilley. She is the second oldest of four children. She has two brothers, Michael and Ryan, and one sister, Katherine.[4] Lilley graduated from Cave Spring High School in 2003.[5] She went on to attend University of Virginia, and graduated early with Magna Cum Laude honors.[citation needed]

Lilley supports many charitable organizations, and is a celebrity ambassador for Childhelp, a charity that specializes in the prevention and treatment of child abuse. In 2013, she joined the board of the Innocent Justice Foundation.[6]

Lilley revealed in a May 2014 issue of Soap Opera Digest that she has been married to her husband, Jason Wayne, since May 26, 2007.[7]

Career[edit]

She has been in numerous films. Her career began at The University of Virginia in film called The Loss of Life.[8]

In 2011, she had a supporting role in director Michel Hazanavicius's silent movie The Artist, starring John Goodman, James Cromwell, Penelope Ann Miller, Jean Dujardin, and Bérénice Bejo.[9][10][11][12][13][14][15]

In 2011, Lilley played various characters on MTV's Disaster Date, alongside Lauren Zima, Jason Karasev, Cale Hartmann, Hasan Minhaj, Russell Pitts, and Kara Luiz. She also appeared as Monie in the iCarly TV movie, "iParty with Victorious".[11][16][17]

In the fall of 2011, Lilley took over the role of Maxie Jones as a temporary recast for Kirsten Storms on General Hospital while she was on medical leave. She made her on-screen debut on September 28, 2011.[1] In August 2012, Lilley confirmed that she had finished taping and made her on-screen exit on August 20, 2012.[18][19][20] Storms later returned on September 5.[21]

In April 2013, Lilley was announced to have joined the Days of Our Lives cast in a newly created character.[2] Lilley made her on-screen debut as Theresa Donovan on July 3, 2013.[3]

Following the announcement of her casting with Days of Our Lives, Lilley also made her debut in The Book of Esther, portraying the titular character. During an interview with Christian Post, Lilley said of her casting: "That opportunity came from the Lord. I prayed and fasted to decide whether I would accept the role or not, but this is the one that I was to take. I had other offers, and they all fell through, so I'm grateful that I took the opportunity to be on 'Days'. At the time, I asked for certain things in my contract that people said would be impossible. But I stood on my faith, and against all odds, I got those things. I daily pray for God to help me be a peacekeeper and help me through my scenes; my character is so evil that it's just unlike me. And obviously there is a lot of sex on the show. When the time comes, I'm going to use it as an opportunity to show abstinence, which I fully believe in. I don't understand how my friends can do things in this industry without faith. I can't do things without prayer."[22]

Filmography[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
Film
2007Suburban SkiesJaney Richardson
2008A Step Toward HeavenWifeShort film
ChangelingSwitchboard Operator
2009FlickerLydiaShort film
2010Fiddler in the DarknessLisa CoryelleShort film
2011The Back-up BrideDaisy Spur
ObsolescenceAnnieShort film
The ArtistOn-looker
The Sticky Chocolate KingdomAudrey
2012One Small HitchLarissa
The Olivia ExperimentFelicia
Love RefreshedAngelShort film
2013Revelation Road: The Beginning of the EndRachel McManus
The Book of EstherEsther
Revelation Road 2: The Sea of Glass and FireRachel McManus
2014Crossing StreetsCate Anderson
Turnaround JakeJessica Henry
Television
YearTitleRoleNotes
2007Hannah MontanaSwimsuit Model"That's What Friends are For" (season 2: episode 18)
2008Two and a Half MenBridesmaid No. 4"Rough Night in Hump Junction" (season 5: episode 15)
Ingles Ya!Sirena / Mandy19 Episodes
2009Criminal MindsMegan Chertow"The Eyes Have It" (season 5: episode 6)
2010CastleJulia Foster"Punked" (season 3: episode 4)
2011Rules of EngagementBarista"The Power Couple" (season 5: episode 23)
Disaster DateVariousSeries regular
iCarlyMonie"iParty with Victorious" (season 4: episode 11-13)
PrankStarsHerself"Something to Chew On" (season 1: episode 1)
General HospitalMaxie JonesContract role; September 28, 2011 to August 20, 2012
2012The Dark Knight RetiresCarlyRecurring; Web series
Petty OffenseLauraSeries regular
2013The Crazy OnesClaire"Bad Dad" (season 1: episode 2)
2013-Days of Our LivesTheresa DonovanSeries regular; July 3, 2013 to present
2014Dating in LA and Other Urban MythsChloeSeries regular

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Kroll, Dan J. (September 14, 2011). "Illness sidelines Kirsten Storms, forces Maxie recast". Soap Central. Soapcentral.com. Retrieved October 18, 2011. 
  2. ^ a b "EXCLUSIVE! Jen Lilley joins DAYS". Soap Opera Digest. Soapoperadigest.com. April 6, 2013. Retrieved April 6, 2013. 
  3. ^ a b "Comings and Goings". Soap Opera Digest (July 9, 2013). 2013. 
  4. ^ "ACT TWO". Soap Opera Digest. August 12, 2013. p. 39.
  5. ^ Soap Opera Digest: Free Lilley p. 55.
  6. ^ "Innocent Justice Foundation-About Us". Innocent Justice Foundation. Retrieved 20 November 2013. 
  7. ^ "Wed Alert." Soap Opera Digest. p. 40. May 19, 2014 (Vol. 39, No. 20).
  8. ^ Williams, Jeannette (September 22, 2005). "Loss depicts the reel world". Cavalier Daily. [dead link]
  9. ^ Sandhu, Sukhdev (May 17, 2011). "Cannes 2011: The Artist, review". The Telegraph. Retrieved May 28, 2011. 
  10. ^ McCarthy, Todd (May 15, 2011). "The Artist: Cannes Review". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved May 28, 2011. 
  11. ^ a b Norris, Jane (May 27, 2011). "UVa graduate gains notice in Hollywood". The Daily Progress. Retrieved May 28, 2011. 
  12. ^ Smith, Emily (May 17, 2011). "Harvey Silent?". The New York Post. 
  13. ^ Zeitchik, Steven (May 15, 2011). "Cannes 2011: Can 'The Artist' cross over from art-house novelty to mainstream hit?". Los Angeles Times. 
  14. ^ GERMAIN AP, DAVID (May 15, 2011). "Ssh, No Talking: Silent Movie Charms Cannes Fest". ABC News. Retrieved May 28, 2011. 
  15. ^ Stone, Sasha (May 15, 2011). "Cannes Reviews: 'The Artist' Brings Happiness, 'Michael' Brings Dread". The Wrap. Retrieved May 28, 2011. 
  16. ^ "The Next Tina Fey? Young Alumna Finding Work on TV". UVA Today. May 16, 2011. Retrieved May 16, 2011. 
  17. ^ MTV (May 12, 2011). "Disaster Date " Cast " Jen Lilley". Retrieved May 17, 2011. 
  18. ^ Kroll, Dan J. (July 22, 2012). "Emotional Jen Lilley thanks fans for support". Soap Central. Soapcentral.com. Retrieved July 22, 2012. 
  19. ^ Simms, Richard M. (July 23, 2012). "Storms Is Back As Maxie". ABC Soaps In Depth. ABC.Soapsindepth.com. Retrieved July 23, 2012. 
  20. ^ Roots, Kimberly (July 23, 2012). "General Hospital Casting News: Kirsten Storms to Return! Jen Lilley Out!". TV Line. TVLine.com. Retrieved July 23, 2012. 
  21. ^ "Kirsten Storms Back To Work At GH". Soap Opera Digest. Soapoperadigest.com. August 21, 2012. Retrieved August 21, 2012. 
  22. ^ Martin, Sam J. (June 11, 2013). "Jen Lilley on 'The Book of Esther': 'God Has a Plan for Each One of Us'". Christian Post. Christianpost.com. Retrieved July 28, 2013. 

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