Jen Lilley Exclusive Interview

THE STAR SCOOP:
Tell us about working on “General Hospital” as Maxie.

JEN LILLEY:
It has been a lot of fun. It’s been a lot of work, but it’s been good training grounds. Everyone in the cast is really amazing.

THE STAR SCOOP:
You’ve been playing Maxie Jones. What do you like about the character and how has the role helped you as an actor?

JEN LILLEY:
As an actor, it has helped me a lot, just in the amount of work that we have to put into it, just memorizing thirty to forty pages a day. It has been pretty insane! Having one, maybe two takes is also very challenging. I think that’s a good practice for anybody. That has definitely helped me grow as an actor and as far as being diligent and really working on my craft and making sure I do everything with professionalism.

As far as Maxie, what I particularly like about her is just being able to find her vulnerable side and kind of exploring how she deals with her emotions. Her back story is pretty insane. I know she’s lost both of her parents and her sister, and she had a transplant, and she was kidnapped and she’s had all this sort of stuff going on. I think that she puts on a persona of having it all together and just being kind of shallow and being into fashion. But I think deep down, she’s just putting on a mask. It has been interesting for me, trying to figure out who is behind the mask and how does she show that at times and how does she cover that up. I’ve had a lot of fun with it.

THE STAR SCOOP:
For people who are fans of the character, what should they expect going forward?

JEN LILLEY:
I don’t know what is going to go on with her romantically. I think ultimately she’ll be with Spinelli. I don’t know what the writer has planned, but I’m hoping to see a little bit of a softer side coming out of Maxie in some episodes, and her fierceness in others.  I think fans would enjoy watching her juggle between the two.

THE STAR SCOOP:
You have quite a few films in the works. Tell us about “The Artist.”

JEN LILLEY:
It’s interesting because it’s a silent film. I have an affection for the time period and I have always loved it, but even to go into the premiere, I remember thinking, I love this movie, I love the script, I love silent film, but oh my gosh, it’s going to be 90 minutes of silence. I don’t know how this is really going to go over with the audience. And everyone’s response has just been amazing.

I think everywhere in the world, to some degree, people are hurting financially, and things aren’t as comfortable as they used to be. It deals with a man’s transition between what everybody is feeling…going from being super successful to having to downsize, to going bankrupt, and just seeing his struggle and seeing him work through it.

There are no special effects. The audience is really connecting with the characters. It will make you laugh and it will make you cry and then it will make you laugh and cry again. Overall, it’s super uplifting, and I think it’s what people need right now, very cathartic. Everyone can relate to the characters.

It’s so exciting…It’s coming out Black Friday, which is always a fun holiday time. They are doing it in LA and New York on Black Friday, and then the top 10 artistic cities after that, and the top 20 artistic cities after that, and they are distributing it over time. People will just have to be on the lookout. How cool is it to be able to say that you saw a silent film, in the theaters, in 2011? I hope that people will go see it!

THE STAR SCOOP:
You’re also involved in some different charities. Will you talk about the ones closest to your heart?

JEN LILLEY:
I’m really into Charity:Water and Generosity Water…100 percent of the donations go towards building water projects. There are something like 6.7 billion people in the world, and one out of six of us don’t have clean drinking water. The statistic is 80 percent of most illnesses are water-borne, and it’s from unclean drinking water.

With Charity:Water, they keep the lights on and pay their employees from a separate fund.  They’ll have different designers who will come in and design jewelry or a dress, etc. and say,  “Everyone who buys this dress, the proceeds of it will go to Charity Water.”  I think it’s maybe $5000 to build a well, and every donation helps. My understanding is that one well can provide a whole community with clean drinking water for 200 years or something insane. So it’s really cheap, and I know $20 will give one person clean drinking water for 20 years. It’s a really cool charity.

THE STAR SCOOP:
Lastly, what would you like to say to your fans who are reading this?

JEN LILLEY:
I would love to tell my fans just thank you for supporting me and being my fans. I know it’s extremely difficult, especially with “General Hospital” to deal with a replacement. Kirsten’s such a great actress and she’s so beautiful and she’s talented.

I know that if someone other than Michael C. Hall wasn’t Dexter, I would be super upset. I’d be like, that’s not Dexter! So I’ve just been tremendously grateful for everyone who has been supportive and kind to me. They can follow me on Twitter and I love talking to them, and I appreciate them! And follow your dreams. I never thought I would be an actor.

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