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Saturday, April 13, 2013
Actress Jen Lilley is returning to daytime television.
The announcement that the Roanoke County native joined the cast of NBC's "Days of Our Lives" wasn't supposed to come out until June, but as happens these days, word leaked last week on Twitter.
Soap Opera Digest wrote that "Though we can't reveal her character, we can say she will have ties to the canvas" — meaning she's related to someone in the show's fictional town of Salem — "and is not a recast."
Contacted via email, Lilley wrote that she's not allowed to say much yet. "I will say, my character is quite manipulative!" — which seems only appropriate for a soap opera.
The 2003 Cave Spring High School graduate first broke into soap-dom when she was hired to portray heiress Maxie Jones on ABC's "General Hospital" while the part's regular actress, Kirsten Storms , was ill. Lilley spent almost a year in the role of Maxie, enduring harsh criticism from some die-hard Storms fans but also winning over thousands of new fans of her own.
Lilley, who has more than 27,000 Twitter followers thanks to her "General Hospital" stint, tweeted, "It's definitely funny being part of a show set in Salem," and added, "it's Salem USA, no state given, but it certainly reminds me of Salem VA."
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