Actress Jen Lilley is leaving Days of Our Lives after a decade on the series and says the character she portrayed taught her a lot about “empathy and grace.”
The popular actress is well-known for her roles in Hallmark and Great American Family movies but also portrayed Theresa Donovan for 10 years on Peacock’s Days of Our Lives. In total, she has appeared in more than 400 episodes, according to IMDB.com. The series moved from NBC to Peacock in 2022. Her character is being recast with a new actress, MovieGuide reports.
“Playing Jeanne Theresa Donovan off and on for the last 10 years has taught me so much about empathy and grace,” Lilley wrote on Instagram. “I have enjoyed every moment of her hilarious sass and ferocity, layered with brokenness. To the cast and crew at @dayspeacock, I love you forever. You’re my family.”
Lilley then referenced her faith.
“And to the best fans a girl could ask or hope for: remember there is no pit so deep you could ever find yourself in where God’s love cannot find you still,” she wrote. “You are never beyond redemption. You are called by grace and marked with love. Thank you for supporting me on this decade long journey.”
Lilley, though, is still busy. She and her husband have four young children. This Christmas season, her new movie A Paris Christmas Waltz will debut on Great American Family as part of the network’s Great American Christmas event. It is a sequel to the 2020 movie The Christmas Waltz.
“When I tell you all I’m more excited about this film than any other film I’ve ever done, including 5x Academy Award winning movie, The Artist, you better trust me that it’s gonna be epic!” she wrote on Instagram.
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Lilley is in the middle of a four-movie deal with Great American Family.
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Michael Foust has covered the intersection of faith and news for 20 years. His stories have appeared in Baptist Press, Christianity Today, The Christian Post, the Leaf-Chronicle, the Toronto Star and the Knoxville News-Sentinel.
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