Theresa is being recast on Days of Our Lives. Read more here...
Upon hearing the news of John Aniston’s death, Jen Lilley pulled out all the stops to participate in the Days of Our Lives memorial for Victor Kiriakis.
Jen Lilley spoke with She Knows Soaps regarding her comeback and unique experience Theresa will be facing soon!
Last Christmas, Lilley reached out to then-showrunner Albert Alarr about coming back to Days for Victor’s memorial service because it would mean a lot to the character Theresa Donovan and also to Jen Lilley herself.
It took a little doing over the course of a couple months, but eventually Lilley’s representative got in contact to inform the star, “Days wants you back!”
Back as in full time for 12 weeks. Something Jen Lilley wouldn’t have been able to commit to due to family commitments and contractual obligations with the network Great American Family. She would be able to commit to 3-4 weeks of filming, and prayed that 12 weeks was wishful thinking on the producer’s part.
Jen Lilley expressed in an email to the powers that be, “Please emphasize to Marnie (their incredible casting director) how much I absolutely adore everyone top to bottom on Days of Our Lives I have cherished the role of Teresa I can’t think of a cast and crew and set of directors and producers that I respect more. I never thought I’d want to do daytime after my experience on General Hospital…”
She interrupts herself to explain that it was due to the fans rejecting her as Maxie Jones not because of anything that happened on set.
“But Days changed everything for me. Days feels like family. Days is home to me. I truly considered coming back with great weight and extensive prayer. It’s with tears that I write that I just don’t think or feel that right now is the right season for me to do that. I completely understand their need to recast and I’m extremely grateful I received the first right of refusal.”
Ultimately it was good news for all parties as producers and Lilley were able to come to terms that made it so everyone got a little bit of something they wanted.
Theresa will return to Days of Our Lives with Lilley reprising the role… but when Jen has to return to her other projects, Theresa will find herself with a brand new face that is “very familiar” to Days fans, says Lilley.
Jen Lilley did speak on some awkwardness during the transition as she received her two weeks worth of scripts but Theresa hadn’t been written out of the series again. When she asked the producers for an update, that’s when she learned the rest of the Theresa scripts were going to the actress taking over the role.
We don’t have confirmation of who will be playing Theresa Donovan during the latter half of her extended run, but Lilley teases it’s someone that Days of Our Lives fans already know, and while she was willing to cut and dye her hair to match the look of Lilley, that won’t be happening.
Who will be stepping into the shoes of Theresa Donovan? Soap Opera News has the answer. Stay with us to find out! (Photo: Hallmark)
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