Connect with us

Days Of Our Lives


Jen Lilley Defends Choice to Return to Days of our Lives After Fan Says It’s ‘Not a Worthy Platform’ For Her as a Christian Mom

Photo: JPI

After it had been revealed that Hallmark and Great American Family favorite, Jen Lilley will soon be seen in episodes on her former stomping grounds of Days of our Lives, not everyone thought it was a great idea for her to reprise her role of troublemaking Theresa Donovan.

Lilley is set to return to the Peacock streaming soap opera the week of August 28, 2023 which coincides with the memorial service for Victor Kiriakis who this week perishes in a plane crash.  Of course, the memorial serves as the long-awaited send-off to the late John Aniston who passed away in November of 2022 at the age of 89, and who portrayed the iconic Victor for 37 years.

Yesterday on August 14th, Lilley was very excited to confirm her to DAYS with a comment, “Cats out of the bag, and there’s so much behind the scenes y’all don’t know 🤫 #Days”

Photo: JPI

However, apparently not all her fans are happy with her return to the long-running soap opera as Theresa; thinking her choice is somehow sacrilegious. On her Instagram post, one fan commented, “Don’t do it Jen. It is not a worthy platform for you as mom, Christian. Days is the worst of all soaps with their storylines.”

Lilley responded with, “You should read my interview about why I took the role originally. I wasn’t going to do it and the Holy Spirit told me to do it. The details behind His reasons when I asked the same exact question you just asked still make me sob in awe of His love and mercy when I think about it ❤️”

It is unclear as to what interview Lilley is referring to about why she originally decided to take the role of Theresa and how it does not conflict with her faith.  However, back in 2013, the actress appeared on the Canadian Christian daily television talk show, 100 Huntley Street. When talking about taking on the role, Jen shared: “Theresa is something else.  She’s extremely destructive, and she’s manipulative. And she’s been addictive, and she’s very promiscuous, but I really felt like the Lord was like, ‘This is your role.’”

Jen added, “Why should I play a role like this,’ you know? That’s been something I’ve been asked over and over again, by Christians, like,‘How can you be a Christian and play this role?’ And the truth of the matter is that from a human perspective, Theresa’s kind of a horrible person, but from a God perspective, she’s exactly who Christ came and died for.”

Photo: JPI

In addition, since Jen announced her upcoming Salem return, there were several other fans who voiced they would not watch her on DAYS including one who expressed: “I stopped watching when they went to the dark side, although they had many times before. Yet, the Lord, I felt would not approve! The story lines are so dark and woke! I can’t understand how one can comprise.”

While some fans were negative, others pushed back to the positive. One fans wrote,“Take your crappy comments somewhere else. If (Days of 0ur Lives) is the worst, as you say, how amazing that they have been on the air for over 60 years! They have great story lines, the best looking & most talented cast. So don’t watch if that’s how you feel.”  While, yet another shared, “I’m sure God wouldn’t want you to be so Judgy.”

So, what do you think of fans trying to take Jen Lilley to task for playing role that they believe is against her Christian values? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

Leave a comment | 20 Comments

Inline Feedbacks
View all comments

FundaMENTALists always crack me up.

I actually know JC. Me and him hiked around the desert for 40 days, and he came down to Hell for the weekend after that whole crucifixion business was over.

If these people actually read their scriptures, they would realize that JC welcomed a lot of “bad people” to join his little group. Tax collectors, hookers, probably some addicts in that group. That Saul of Tarsus dude who wrote half of the New Testament was a mass murderer with a hobby of killing JC’s followers, until that whole Damascus incident.

Not to sound like I’m advertising here… it’s bad for business, of course. But the FundaMENTALists might want to stop thumping their bibles long enough to actually READ them.

Very well said Satan!!!!!!!!!!

(Insert eye roll)

Dude I honestly don’t know how you or your Old Man hold back from “smiting” all these mortals doing such really dumb things in your name.

Hope you make it down here for the labor day BBQ. Haven’t seen you down here forever!

I’ve never heard of her she’s obviously on your list! Now I have to talk with my Mother it was her special day today. Get behind me!!

Who is she lmao?

it’s sickening how everyone has to make a grandstand about something. I’m so glad Jen is back!!

Me too


It’s a job! She’s only playing a part in a soap. She’s not transforming herself into Theresa Donovan.

Some people just take things to far. Bloody tv show for Pete sakes

It’s just a soap opera not a real live show people. Quit being pansies

I think sometimes Days fans need to be reminded that This Is A TV Show.
Why are they watching is always my question? I’m a Christian and watching Days has Zero to do with my salvation. Get real people.
I can’t wait to see Jen!

Evangelicals need to get their sticks out of their asses.

Creepy BS. Are these fundamentalists all social worker … who out of contact with reality have no contact to drug addicts, homeless people or the LGBT+ community or how are they able to put food on the table if they go so far to feel that a soap opera – for entertainment – is so evil that a good Christian should not work for such devilish product?

Remember Another Life? The Christian soap? I loved that show. They highlighted the difference in Terry’s life, a Christian and her sister Nancy’s life. A devious B. Soon lights appeared in a hospital room and healed a person, a Bible was hollowed out to hide something. In essence a soap with a religious bent. Still a soap at it’s core. Days eschews the religious part, don’t even equate that devil nonsense with anything closely spiritual, but it still highlights that evil is always brought down. And they still highlight highly moral characters. She has every right to return but she needs to STOP with all that The Holy Spirit told me to do it. Just say it’s my choice and leave it at that. If she were Eve in The Garden Of Eden mankind would STILL end up doomed. The Serpent told me to eat it. Girl/Jen please.

She can say what she wants.
You don’t have to read it, if it bothers you.

And FYI…calling yourself Satan and Jesus on here is not cute. I REALLY don’t like that type of nonsense but that’s MY opinion. I don’t see the joke in that at all, like it or not.

Which one of my names should I use them?

Lucifer. Beelzebub. Mephistopheles (way too many letters). Old Scratch.

I could go really old school and go with Samael. Which is the name I went by way back when in Heaven when I was still wearing the halo & white wings.

The Jesus poster is either new to the site or renamed. The other one – while his shtick is quite stale as this point – has often provided well thought-out observations with a deep knowledge of soap history.

Days Of Our Lives

Days of our Lives Star Brandon Barash and Wife Isabella Devoto Welcome Baby Boy

Congratulations are in order to Days of our Lives‘ Brandon Barash (Stefan) and his wife, Isabella Devoto. The couple welcomed their first child together, a son, named Joaquin Lee Barash.

Taking to his Instagram account on Thursday, Barash revealed little Joaquin was actually born back on September 15th.

Brandon shared three adorable photos of the newest addition to his family accompanied by the words: “Joaquin Lee Barash arrived on the planet on 9.15.23. A mighty name for a mighty boy…to honor my (departed but never gone) father, Jerry Lee Barash, as well as my wife’s Hispanic heritage. We. Are. Smitten…and forever changed. Through your birth, lil man, we are reborn. Our family is mightier, our ocean of love runs deeper and more fierce. School’s back in session.”

Photo: BBarashIG

The actor also shares a daughter, Harper,9, with his ex, GH’s Kirsten Storms (Maxie).  Harper is pictured in one of the snaps with her baby brother. You can see them below.

Isabella and Brandon tied the knot back in December of 2022.


Share your well-wishes to Brandon, Isabella, Harper and little Joaquin via the comment section.


View this post on Instagram


A post shared by Brandon Barash (@brandonjbarash)

Continue Reading

All My Children

Chrishell Stause Stars in New Lifetime Thriller ‘You’re Not Supposed to Be Here’

Selling Sunset star and soap alum, Chrishell Stause (ex-AMC, DAYS, Y&R), will star in a new Lifetime thriller, You’re Not Supposed to Be Here dropping on  November 4th.

In the thriller, Stause, along with Diora Baird, play a lesbian couple, enjoying quality time together before the birth of their new baby in a remote mountain town. Zoe (Stause) is pregnant and along with Kennedy (Baird), are offered a break from their stressful lives when Kennedy’s boss gives them a key to a cabin in the woods. Watch out!

According to The Wrap, “When they arrive, they are met with less than welcoming arms, prompting Zoe to sound alarms of homophobia, which Kennedy attempts to tamper down. ”


The official loglines from Lifetime share on the story: “Just as the two let their guards down, their nightmare begins. They realize they are completely unprepared for what is in store, and that the townspeople want something the two have.”

Photo: JPI

In real-life, Chrishell is currently married to Australian singer and rapper, G Flip. The two tied the knot in May of this year.  Formerly, Stause was married to This Is Us and ex-Y&R star, Justin Hartley (ex-Kevin, ex-Adam). Their marriage ended in 2019 and their divorce was finalized in 2021.

Stause has been featured in the current season of the reality/real estate series, Selling Sunset which streamed its sixth season on Netflix beginning in May. A seventh season is said to be on the way.

So, will you be checking out Chrishell’s new thriller on Lifetime? Comment below.

Continue Reading

Breaking News

Writers Strike Comes to an End; Leadership Votes To Conclude Work Stoppage

It’s over! After 148 days, the 2023 Writers strike will go down as the second longest in WGA union history, only a labor stoppage in 1988 was longer.

The strike will officially come to end on Wednesday at 12:01am PT.  This was due to a vote from the guild’s leadership that now has authorized its over 11,500 members to return to work.

That means: pitching and selling scripts, taking meetings, responding to notes, writers’ rooms opening up again, and more, can now restart.

Photo: JPI

The WGA committee shared that the vote, “Allows writers to return to work during the ratification process, but does not affect the membership’s right to make a final determination on contract approval.” However, WGA East and West voted unanimously to lift the “restraining order” on Tuesday.

As the negotiators shared, the end of the strike doesn’t mean that the tentative agreement that the union reached with producers on Sunday night is a surefire thing: Union members still need to vote to ratify the contract. Union leadership announced on Tuesday that will take place between October 2nd and October 9th.

Photo: JPI

However, SAG-AFTRA still remains on strike. So, even with the writers returning to work, many productions can’t move forward without their principal actors and performers.

So soap fans, how do you feel about this news for your favorite shows? Glad that the head writers and their writing teams will be back at work as soon as this week from Days of our Lives, General Hospital, and The Bold and the Beautiful? Y&R’s Josh Griffith, who previously had gone Fi-Core during the 2008 strike, remained at the top rated show during the last several months.

Continue Reading

Video Du Jour

Peter Reckell returns for a second visit with Michael Fairman following the wrap-up of his recent run as Bo Brady on Days of our Lives.Leave A Comment

Recent Comments

Power Performance

Kim Coles as Whitley

Days of our Lives

Airdate: 7-24- 2023