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82 July 23rd, 2012 Jen Lilley Interview: Her Final Days As Maxie Jones & Heartfelt Goodbye to GH & The Fans!

Photo Credit: Kathy Hutchins

It is true that the old adage “All good things must come to an end” can apply to many of us in our daily lives.  For Jen Lilley, she found out last week that her time as Maxie Jones on General Hospital has come to an end.   The loveable and talented actress stepped into an almost untenable position, replacing fan favorite and the actress who first put her stamp on the part of Maxie, Kirsten Storms.  Now with Storms finally due back to the set after many months battling an illness, Jen must step down from the role.

During Saturday’s GH Fan Club Weekend Main Event, Jen received a standing ovation from the crowd in attendance during the Q&A session.  Earlier that morning, Jen and On-Air On-Soaps sat down, shared some hugs and tears, as Jen shared her thoughts on her final tape day, her takeaway from her GH experience, and what she would like to say to the fans.  In addition to our interview as many know, Jen released her own video heartfelt “thank you” to the fans on a You Tube video, which you can also see at the conclusion of this post.   Here’s our farewell conversation with Jen!

So Jen, you just taped your last episode as Maxie Jones.   It must have been very emotional for you.  What went down on the set?

JEN:  I filmed my last episode on Friday.  It was definitely emotional, but my last two days and two episodes on GH were comedic and very “Maxie”.   And it’s the first time we have seen Maxie with all her “Maxiness” in awhile, with her spunk back.   I was really happy to leave on that note.  We would say as Lilleys in the Lilley family, “The best way to cope with stress with laughing.” (Laughs)   So I thought, “I am just going to laugh my way through this.”   But it was nice.   It was so funny how everything panned out because the crew did not know till Friday.  I don’t know even know if Bradford Anderson (Spinelli) knew till Friday, either.  I did not get to talk to him at all, till here at the GH Fan Club event.  I told Bradford, “I am going to miss working with you!”  But, I can’t complain, and it’s been bittersweet.  I had such a wonderful time and they had a cake for me on set the other day, which was nice, because everyone loves cake!

Did you make a speech in front of the cast and crew?

Photo Credit: Kathy Hutchins

JEN:  Well, first Frank Valentini (executive producer, GH) made a speech and then he asked if I wanted to say anything.   He said they loved having me there.  Everyone on the crew always says, “When you come to work there is a different energy, because you are always early, but you are always ready to have fun. And you always have fun, even if you are crying, you are happy to be here.”   So they said don’t be a stranger and they would miss me and all of that.  Then Frank asked if I wanted to say anything, and I am trying to hold it together.   I am totally crying at this point, but I just said, “I want to thank everybody for never making me feel awkward, but so welcomed in such an awkward circumstance.”

When exactly did you find out that your time on GH had truly now officially come to an end, after so many stops and starts?  

JEN:  They told me last Monday that they were giving me a heads up of what was going on , and then I found out last Friday July 20th was my last day, but I did not say anything, I respect Frank Valentini so much.  He is the executive producer and he is a good captain, and I don’t think he is going to sink the ship.  So I thought if you say something, then I will say something.

So I hear there may be a small gap where Maxie will not be on-air following your departure, and Kirsten Storms return?

JEN:  That is my understanding.  She is not in the next couple weeks of storyline taping wise. However, I will be on the air through August 10th.  But honestly Michael, I am just so grateful.  This was only going to be two weeks and it’s been eleven months which has been amazing!  And, I got to go to the Daytime Emmys!  And honestly, I am from Roanoke, Virginia and in my wildest dreams I never thought that was going to happen.

I think it was great that you got to work under Frank Valentini and he was there with you.  He will never forget you, and the two of you have that New York connection you spoke of previously.  Something is going to come out of all of this.  You’ll see!

Photo Credit: Kathy Hutchins

JEN:  Look, its great timing.  Here is why:  I have had the Robin storyline and all the other parts of storylines that I have gotten to do.  I am stoked that Kirsten Storms is feeling better, that is wonderful.  I think regardless of how people feel about the situation, we should be happy about that.  It’s good, thank God.  You never want anyone to not be feeling well. But Monday, the 23rd of July is the start of episodic season, meaning Modern Family, Dexter, and The Middle are back in productions and these are the shows I would love to be on. All the primetime shows that we also love come back, and they need their guest stars.  HBO, Showtime, and AMC, the channels we would all give our left nut to be on, that is pilot season for them; July August, September and so it’s good timing.

What would you like to see the fans who have stood by you through one of the most difficult situations an actress, certainly in my years covering daytime, has been through?

JEN:  All I can say to the fans is “thank you”.   There are no words to express how deeply gracious they have been.   Michael, I don’t think I could not have survived if it wasn’t for them.  I am a strong person and an optimist to a fault, but I don’t think I could have weathered the storm, if it wasn’t’ for them saying, “We know you are a reed swinging in the wind. We got you.”   So thank you for being my fan, and stay being my fan, and keep tweeting with me.  And try not to be sad.  It’s not the end; it’s just a springboard into a new beginning.

So soapers, what do you think of Jen’s exit? What would you like to say to Jen for keeping Maxie Jones alive during Kirsten Storms absence? Let us know!

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  1. Christine says:

    I saw this on another site. So touching.

    Why they didn’t recast her as a NEWnuKristina is beyond me. She could definitely pull it off.

    Oh well. Good luck to her. She won’t be jobless for long that’s for sure.

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  2. Chaz says:

    First, I believe that Robyn Richards was the originator of Maxie Jones as a teen/young woman before she left in 2003. Kirsten Storms came on in 2005.

    I watched GH only sporadically since THE MOB became the show’s focus and have to say that Ms. Storms was okay in the role in the amount of time I saw her. Once OLTL went off the air I tuned in regularly to GH…in part to see the OLTL characters….and became familiar with Jen Lilley as Maxie. Honestly, I prefer her in the role. I certainly am glad that KS is feeling well enough to return to work but wish they could find a way to keep both actresses. Ms. Lilley was able to portray Maxie’s flightiness and selfishness while still bringing a maturity to the role I think was lacking before.

    I wish her great success…and am sure she will be hired by some eagle-eyed casting director.

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    Mackenzie replied

    Chaz, you’re partly right. Maxie actually had 3 sets of twins portray the character and then Robyn assumed the role in 1993-2002, then Danica Stewart took over for a short period of time in 2002, then Robyn returned some time after Danica left the role, and Robyn continued in the role until July 16, 2004. Kirsten took over the role in 2005. In September 2011, that’s when Jen stepped in to fill the role.

    I took watch the show off and on for years and I too wish Jen Lilley great success in her career.

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  3. Elaine Bradley says:

    Jen, I’m really going to miss you as Maxie. You have brought so very much to the character. As you said, I’m glad KS is feeling better, but I will miss your pretty face and acting ability. Good luck — you won’t have any trouble getting another bigger and better acting gig. God bless!!

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  4. kay/kay says:

    Ms. Lilley you did a fine job and you sure took some unfair punches at first which you took with class. Good Luck to you!

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  5. Leiha says:

    I’m not going to lie, I’m very happy Kirsten Storms is coming back but I hate what Jen Lilly has had to go through with some fans. I hope that she is off to bigger and brighter things.

    FYI, KS did not originate the role of Maxie. I don’t know if Robyn Richards originated the role but she was the actress who portrayed her for many years.

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  6. Lia says:

    I liked Jen as Maxie so much more than Kristen. She brought growth, maturity and warmth to the role like KS never could.

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    SZima replied

    If Kirsten had been playing these stories, I’m sure she would have shown the same growth and maturity that Jen did. It’s all in the WRITING.

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  7. shan says:

    I would love for gh to bring Nick or Ethan back with Jen as a wife or something

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  8. pink says:

    While i am happy that KS is better,i prefer JL as Maxi because she is a better actress and makes Maxie more interesting and mature.It is GH’s loss and ours.But i have no dout JL will make it big outside of GH and probably win a Oscar one day.

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  9. sheryl says:

    We are really going to miss you , you are a very talented actress and we know someone will cast you very soon. Lot’s of luck in whatever you do.

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  10. Sara says:

    Jen did a fantastic job as Maxie – a complex character who went thru the ringer during her time playing her. I wish her nothing but the best.

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  11. Richard Acker says:

    As far as I am concerned, Jen will be missed as she brought a substance to the character of Maxie Jones. Something in this fan’s opinion Ms. Storms was unable to do.

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  12. TS says:

    I would like to see Jennifer come to Days and Belle. She is welcomed there… I was not very impressed with Kristen when she was on the reality show…. She seemed very spoiled and immature..

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    Patrick replied

    @TS.

    I agree, about how KS was acting on that reality show… course, “reality” shows are just as staged…. because, i knew, both KS, and Farah Fath,Gigi, OLTL… she was also on DAYS…. their characters belle and Mims’ were best friends on the show… and off.

    I could see, how two young starlets.. could be envious… of each other… that being said…. I still didn’t like how KS… was “acting”. course, it was later revealed that KS was ill…. could this be the reason she was acting this way towards Farah Fath? KS and FF both found fame… and success on two different soaps… that’s dynamic…. Kudos to these two talents. I loved Mims on days… and her ooh la la hot to trot story on OLTL.. with Gigi and Cutter. he was better then Rex, IMO.

    i personally, thought… KS… needed to grow up.. and show some maturity.

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    Linda replied

    That selfish little reality bitch IS the real Storms. The Fath/Storms friendship fell apart years ago. Equal blame on both sides. I’m glad she is well enough to work again, but I wish it were elsewhere. I have never cared for her Maxie and FF thru all her scenes. Jen made the character her own and deserved to keep the role.

  13. Debbie Harris says:

    Jen Lilley did an admirable job in the role of Maxie Jones following Kirsten Storm’s illness. Some fans treated her very rudely, as if it were her fault KS was sick. Jen Lilley responded to these fans with class and poise. And she was well liked by her peers at GH. Kudos to JenLilley and I would like to see her in another role on GH sometime soon!
    To me, Kirsten Storms IS Maxie and I am Ecstatic to have her feeling well again and coming back to GH as Maxie Jones! Now, if only she and Spinelli will get back together, that would be Awesome! :)

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  14. Greta says:

    Wish Jen luck in the future! Sure she’ll do great!

    But I am so excited Kirsten Storms is coming back. I’ve missed her so much, and she’ll always be the definitive Maxie to me.

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  15. susan M. says:

    Why can’t they put her in a whole different role,new character for GH…

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    barbara t. Loves one life to live replied

    I agree, Let her take over the role of the new Kristina, Now that would be nice.

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    Linda replied

    Yeah, any Kristina but the current one. God, what WERE the casting people and producers, etc. drinking/smoking to cast this new one?

  16. Patrick says:

    Hello Ms. Lilley -

    Thank you, for aptly stepping in to, rising to the occasion… the formidable task of a recast. what was supposed to be a two-week gig… turned in to 11 months.

    You had such huge story to feature. and it’s still resonating….on screen. Take care.

    for what it’s worth… you were Maxie.

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  17. Jules says:

    I really enjoyed her portrayal of Maxie. Jen is a sweet, classy and good-natured person and I think now, a huge forever supporter of GH and daytime….which is a great bonus. She had a HUGE task of replacing KS, but within days, I thought she fit right in. She worked her tushy off to infuse Maxie with her moxie we have all grown to love her with, and you could tell she appreciated all things about her including how her past it affects her present. I thank her for all her hard work and hope she realizes what an impact she made. And I also hope she gets to guest star on The Middle…love that show too!

    Having said all this, I am glad KS is returning. About 2 weeks ago, I was watching the Lulu/Maxie/Patrick scenes and I realized that the “weak” (for lack of a better word) link was JL’s Maxie. I just wasn’t feeling her in those scenes and felt she lacked the familial pull Maxie should have brought. I realized then that not only could KS have brought that grounding, but that JL really just was a temporary replacement for the actress.

    All the best to her!

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    Patrick replied

    I agree with you on that peticular day…. for that “familial” feel.

    two things that i give JS kudos for…. her courtroom/jail time scenes… were above board, and par.

    especially, when, she was released, and came back with Matt MARRIED…. that floored me.

    and, JS.. scenes with Spinelli breaking lup…. he was done doorMATTing.

    JS… showed her vulnerable, WOMANHOOD, on the horizon… heck… for lack of better words…

    I grew to really liking JS’ take on Maxie… cause she was heavily involved with my all time reason for watching GH… and that’s Patrick and Robin.

    not since, Liz… RH… drama with firing, rehiring… letting go… has their been so much drama… with an actress…. dag! acting chops both professionally, and personally… She stepped up. she cared to share with GH fans… a lotta personal emotion.

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  18. lisa says:

    I only watched a little bit of Kirsten Storms in the role of Maxie….but love(d) Jen Lilley in role.
    I think she is a fantastic performer and will find a new role worthy of her chops.

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  19. Teresa says:

    Jen has done a tremendous job as Maxie. I have really enjoyed what she brought to the character. All the best to her and I’m sure we’ll see her again very soon.

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  20. Barb Harnedy says:

    It just broke my heart that all this came out during the Fan Club Weekend for GH. I only wish I had known at the time I was actually seeing Jen so I could have given her a big hug!! She’s adorable and will be missed!!

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  21. Troy Turner says:

    I’ve been on this story since Saturday night when the news broke, and I am still heartbroken over this. Yes, this was a temporary gig, and GH is doing the right thing by Kirsten, but there is an unfairness here. Not that Jen has been treated unfairly, because she knew the deal when she signed on, but thanks to all the CRAP she had to put with from other soap fans-she couldn’t REALLY enjoy the gig. Words cannot express how I feel about Jen, and the way she has handled herself all through this situation. #WeLoveJenLilley

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  22. Kendra says:

    Thank god KS is back!!!! I missed her so much.

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  23. Alex says:

    JL has done a wonderful job, and I wish her all the best. I’m so glad KS is returning.

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  24. Susan says:

    Jen Lilley’s portrayal of Maxie was the first time I actually saw the vulnerability that all of Maxie’s fans claim is buried under her hard outer shell. It was through her nuanced portrayal that I could envision a future version of Maxie wherein she would be more grounded, more able to love and certainly more mature. That vision won’t now be realized but I know that Jen’s own future will be extremely successful. Still, I’m so glad she was the one who temporarily took on the role because I was allowed not to just discover a new Maxie but to also discover Jen’s own inner loveliness and talent. She’s right, it’s not goodbye but just hello to a new chapter in her life. As a fan, I shall be looking forward to all the good experiences Jen’s future will bring us all.

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  25. Debbie says:

    Jen was lovely subbing for Kirsten Storms. I am looking forward to KS coming back…she IS Maxie for me. But I wish TPTB would decide that they made a mistake…Kate had a daughter instead of a son. Goodby Trey and Joe, JR….and bring Jen back as Kate’s daughter. Their resemblance has always been remarkable. in fact at the beginning I struggled telling them apart!

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    CTwildheart replied

    Oh my goodness! What a GREAT idea! FRANK…RON…are you listening? lol

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    Jen replied

    I agree, this would be a fantastic way to keep JL on the show! When she first got on I thought she was a bit weak, but quickly came to love her as Maxie. KS was fantastic as mean selfish the world revolves around me Maxie, and she did a good job on bringing out the better side of Maxie, but JL really brought out her softer side while still maintaining a touch of the selfish Maxie. Soaps do all sorts of weird things, maybe they can bring out later that Kate/Connie actually had TWINS, (obviously not identical) and that the owner of the home decided to give the girl twin to a relative or something so the only one that Joe Jr ever knew about was the boy!! That could work!!! JL has so much to give…. shame on the people who made all those rude comments about her too, next time someone is recast for whatever reason, think of your own son or daughter being the recaster, how would you like them being bashed. Sheesh, grow up people and have heart!

    Fair winds and following seas JL, you will be very missed.

  26. Lea says:

    I couldn’t be more happy that KS is back. I missed Maxie’s relationships with Sam, Lulu and Spinelli. KS, you have been truly missed. And as for JL, I wish her luck for her future.

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  27. Allie says:

    JL is a wonderful person. That said, KS is Maxie Jones and I’m ecstatic to see her return.

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  28. Lea says:

    JL is a wonderful person and I want to wish her luck for her future. That said, I am ecstatic that Kirsten is back. She is Maxie Jones, as far as I’m concerned.

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  29. Francene says:

    What an amazing person and actress Jen Lilley is. I have been keeping in touch with her on twitter and fb and always answers me back. I am going to have an opportunity to meet her also in September which I will give her a big hug from all her fans. Good things happen to good people and I wish her all the best to her in the future. She is one class act and a SHINING STAR!! Lots of Love Jen from your fan from Woodbridge, NJ….

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  30. Amy says:

    I was one of those who was hesitant when JL first took on the role. It took a while for me to get used to her, but after a few months, she grew more comfortable in the role. She did a great job. I’m absolutely delighted that KS will resume her role and that she’s feeling better. I adore KS’s version of Maxie.

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  31. mrfantasticcash says:

    Hey Jen ,

    Sweet sweet friend,,,, You are an amazing talent and you are so humble and gracious to all your fans! We loved your portrayal as Maxie, you totally hit it out of the park with your daily performances on GH ! I have enjoyed tweeting with you on twitter and am super blessed to be twitter friends with such a sweet and wonderful person ! Lots of love to ya friend…. you make us all smile…. Thomas (Mrfantasticcash)

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  32. Shirlee says:

    I’m very happy that Kirsten Storms is returning to her role as Maxie. Kirsten was always one of my favorite actresses and her chemistry with Bradford Anderson(Spinilli) is awesome. I want to thank Jen Lilley for here hard work and keeping Maxie’s character alive,good luck to you in the future.

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    Liz replied

    nice

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  33. Shirlee says:

    I’m very happy that Kirsten Storms is returning to her role as Maxie. Kirsten was always one of my favorite actresses and her chemistry with Bradford Anderson(Spinilli) is awesome. I want to thank Jen Lilley for here hard work and keeping Maxie’s character alive,good luck to you in the future.

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  34. Traci says:

    To me, Jen Lilley IS Maxie! She stepped into a difficult position and created a new and improved Maxie. She has brought so much more to the role that Kirsten Storms never could. She has also been on the show long enough that I no longer consider her a temporary replacement, and I think to continue to call her “temporary” is unfair. While the show did do right by Kirsten Storms, I feel that it’s unfair to Jen Lilley and the fans she has gained since she started playing Maxie. I hope and pray that the show will be able to bring her back as another character so that her fans can continue to enjoy her amazing talent.

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    Amy replied

    I disagree. She is called a temp because she was always meant to be a temp. KS was always coming back when she was healthy. JL was supposed to be on GH for three months; she got 11 instead. She was lucky. That said, I do hope that JL finds success in her future.

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    Traci replied

    Yes, I agree she was always meant to be a temp. And yes, Jen was supposed to be on for 3 months and was on for 11. What I said was *I* no longer consider her a temp because to me, a temp is a few months, not almost a year, so *I* think that it’s unfair to continue to call her temporary. Clearly, what I consider “temporary” is different than what TPTB call temporary.

  35. B.J. says:

    I was really surprised that they were able to find someone as talented as Jen for this temporary role. “Maxie” is one of the most demanding roles on that show, and Jen was able to portray every aspect of her personality, and personally I thought as well, or possibly better than KS. That doesn’t mean that I don’t like KS, it’s just that I was surprised someone could replace her so easily… at least for me.

    Good luck Jen! I’m sure some casting directors are going to see your potential in some great video from your GH days. Hope to see you again soon.

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  36. Ron says:

    I didn’t think I’d grow to like JL’s version of Maxie because I loved KS so much. But she grew on me after a while. I’m so happy KS is back, but JL should be proud of what she’s accomplished.

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  37. Grace says:

    I would like to say THANK YOU to Jen Lilley for doing such a great job as “Maxie”. She absolutely came into a very difficult situation and at the start, many fans were not so nice. I want Jen to know I am now a fan of hers!! I will continue to follow her on Twitter and can’t wait to see what she ends up in next!!! Remember one thing Jen, how many people can say they had a part in BOTH the Best DAytime Emmy Winning Drama AND the movie that won the Academy Award for best film in a one year period!! Keep us posted on Twitter as to what you’ll be doing next! Good Luck, God Speed and Thank You,

    Grace F.
    Long Island, NY

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  38. Karen says:

    I met Jen at the GH Fan Club Weekend this past weekend and she’s an amazing young women. It’s incredible how she held herself together in front of the crowds who i think at leeas half had no idea what was going on “behind the scenes” (at least my daughter and I were shocked to read all of this yesterday morning). I wish her well and know she’s going to do great things. It’s always hard for the viewers to get used to someone new playing a favorite character, but once you do, it doesn’t seem like anyone can replace them. While KS did a wonderful job, and I’m looking forward to seeing her back, I think Jen did an amazing job of filling in for Kirsten in this very complex role.

    I’m thinking that maybe they should bring in Serena Baldwin (Scottie and Lucy’s daughter), and Jen would be a great fit for that role! Frank, I hope you’re reading these posts!

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    Traci replied

    OOH! Serena! I LOVE THIS IDEA! Wish I had thought of it. Thanks, Karen.

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    Patrick replied

    @ Karen.

    You, fans, amaze me. Scottie Baldwin and Lucy Coe? had a baby? talk about…. hall of fame…. wishing… these two were back on GH. course, i remember… Lucy being married to Alan as well…. now this would be a riot return…. with this trio.

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    CTwildheart replied

    Patrick…Serena is Dominique and Scotty’s biological daughter. Lucy was the surrogate and after Dominique died, Lucy adopted her.
    I agree Karen…Jen would make a great Serena!

  39. Lew says:

    She will be missed. Great job!!

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  40. Robert Coplin says:

    I am happy that Kirsten is healthy enough again to play Maxie but i enjoyed Jen Lilly as playing Maxie.I hope Jen gets a role in the movies if she wants to do movies or if she wants to still do tv she gets a good role on whatever show picks her up.

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  41. Tanya says:

    Thanks for the outstanding performances! You did a fantastic job. Hopefully you land a new job quickly.

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  42. 1loveabcsoaps says:

    Jen was SUPERB playing Maxie from the START….! Jen channeled Kristen’s voice, and as I said once in Jen’s defense, I was typing on my bed with my labtop LISTENING to GH, and I heard Jen’s voice (this was early Feb). I looked up from my labtop saying, ” Kristens back?”, BUT it was Jen. Thats when Jen caught my attention and KEPT it. Jen CHANNELED Kristen’s voice as Maxie, and captured her energy in the way Kristen protrayed the role.

    A fine young woman, beautiful, interesting to watch, and I wish I could continue to see her in the role as Maxie.

    * Perhaps, Maxie should have a long lost twin sister that Felicia gave up for adoption, and she would be the very simular in acting: Jen Lilley.

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    barbara t. Loves one life to live replied

    Or she could take the place of the new kristina, I don’t like her, maybe if she wasn’t a spoiled brat with camera following her around every second I wouldn’t dislike her like I do.

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    Liz replied

    Lke that thought! Agree on Jen grabbing that role out of the gate and running with it. She did a emmy winning performance in Robin storyline. She will end up in an even better role! She has chops! I kove Kristen and missed her, Jen kept the role on front burner so Kristen needs to be ready to keep it there. Both will be fine!

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  43. ghfan4evr says:

    Jen, I will miss seeing you on my screen everyday but I know that you are going to do amazing things. You my dear, are a class act and I can’t think of anyone who could have taken as good of care of Maxie as you did, in Kirsten’s absence.

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    Liz replied

    AMEN!

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    1loveabcsoaps replied

    ” I’m trying to tell you”.

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  44. Rob says:

    Since she is the only Maxie Ive known Ill miss her, I am familiar with Kirsten Storms from Dirty Soap and all I will say is I hope she is a better actress than reality star.

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  45. mae says:

    SOOO HAPPY KIRSTEN STORMS IS BACK . I’VE MISSED HER SO MUCH! HAVEN’T REALLY WATCHED GH MUCH SINCE SHE LEFT. I GUESS I ONLY KEPT WATCHING BECAUSE OF JASON COOK. I LOVE JC! SO AFTER HE LEFT, I COMPLETELY STOPPED WATCHING. SAD THOUGH THAT KS & JC MISSED OUT ON SO MANY GOOD SCENES TOGETHER. LOVE THEM! HOPEFULLY THEY CAN REUNITE ON SCREEN AGAIN SOMEDAY.

    BEST WISHES TO JL & ALL HER FUTURE PROJECTS…

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  46. Phil says:

    Count me in on the Jen team….I have never seen Storms as Maxie, but saw Storms on DAYS… Jen is a much better actor…..Come on Frank, create a new role for her on GH!

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  47. Emily says:

    There is no other Kirsten Storms, but at this point either actress could take Maxie into the future. Jen is the real deal and will be an asset wherever she ends up. Can’t say enough on how well Jen has and IS handling all of this. I honestly think Jen deserves an emmy nom for the work she has done as Maxie!!

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    Liz replied

    Agree Emily!

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  48. Marisa says:

    I want to wish you the best of luck. You did a great job filling in for Kirsten.

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  49. CTwildheart says:

    I think Jen did an absolutely fantastic job with her portrayal of Maxie – especially after she was so viciously attacked when she first took over. Sad to see her go (we will see this talented lady again), but happy to know Kirsten is well enough to return.
    We all have the challenge of accepting a new actor in a role, whether due to illness, SORAS or general recast. Each actor will bring their own spin and we fans need to respect that. I still prefer Robyn Richards Maxie, but never held it against KS.

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  50. June says:

    I thought you were amazing in the roll. At first I was thinking what happened to my Maxie that I loved. After a few weeks you were so believable. Good luck! You will go so far . You are wonderful !

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  51. Linda says:

    Jen made the part her own and deserved to keep the role. Let KS go back to Days where the acting isn’t as demanding. I never liked Kirsten’s Maxie and I now will return to watching GH in record time by adding her scenes to the FF ones…along with anything Molly, nuKristina, etc. Show needs new casting director. Who’s taking bets that KS will last for much longer in the role before a health “relapse?” Glad she’s feeling better, but endometriosis doesn’t carry that kind of long term downtime. It’s laporoscopic surgery and birth control pills. Ms. Storms, either be honest or just decline to discuss…Stop lying.

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    SZima replied

    What right do you have to call Kirsten a liar? She has never publically discussed what all was wrong with her, so where are you getting your “expert” analysis from?

    If you’re that mean spirited, then maybe you should try being sick for a while and have your job in jeopardy and see how it feels (and it did happen to me). Wouldn’t you want to know that your job is waiting for you when you’re well?

    I’m not bad-mouthing Jen Lilley either. She’s a lovely person and I hope she finds a job soon where she can truly make the character her own. Everyone out here is either Team Kirsten or Team Jen and we are entitled to our own opinions. We don’t all have to agree, but we can agree to disagree.

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    Liz replied

    SO AGREE!!! Great acting chops Jen has. She did make Maxie her own. Sign in my humble opinion of a good actor. I think we all are entitled to opinion as well. I admire the class and integrity shown by both Kristen and Jen Lily on this subject. Neither actor needs a “fan” like Linda. If they saw these posts I think it would upset BOTH not just Kristen.
    I am horrified Linda. How could you be so nasty. Do you have all the FACTS. I tend to think NOT. I was sick, VERY SICK with Endo. for over 5 years! For some it can be handle and you can get back on your feet sooner then another. In my case it cause many other problems to occur and Drs. had a terrible time treating. I had many surgeries prior to diagnosis and after no one wanted to do more surgery even exploritory. Dangerous and could have made things worse. I had to give up a 20+ yr career I loved. Pain was unbearable. I was on pan meds forever, that was horrible and then a spinal cord stimulator to control pain, adhesions grew on wires that had to come out, all kinds of pain control trials. DEPRESSION became a majot factor as well. VERY NORMAL. I had children that did NOT have a mother that they could any longer rely on for the things they had come to need me for and expect in past Things they wanted me to do with them in the past I could not do, Sometimes if I had a good day I could but theirs lives were turned upside down too. HEARTBREAKING. I was NOT lying to them or my employer. No one accused me of it either. I was blessed to finally find a Dr. who agreed to take risk with me and do another surgery and was able to make repairs and did a Hysto.. Adhesions from Endo. caused me to have a severe problem with another organ and most of it was removed too. Surgeon and surgery (risk to take) gave me back my life. It is most likely not a long term fix or me. Adhesions grow back and in my case cause pain that is unbearable. But for 2 years I have felt really well and I will take it! It is hard for anyone who has not gone through this or any other illness to understand. Each medical case for any illness is typically different case by case. Symptoms may be the same but the way disease presents itself and control of it is different in many cases. I went from an active woman, mom and employee who loved her job to having no quality of life at all. How it effected Kristen and her medical history we do not know and it is PRIVATE. Endo. can be a VERY SERIOUS condition and you should apologise for being so ignorant and calling someone a liar. Unless armed with facts about illness and Kristen (I am willing to go to Vegas and lay down big bet that you are not in possession of either) no one has the right to make such horrible statement not even a comment but a statement on your part. You are wrong on EVERY LEVEL for what you said. Endo does not dicriminate when it comes to age. You were WAY OFF on that. Yours was not an opinion, we are entitled to that, yours was a statement (of your incorrect facts.) G.H. and Kristen, Jen, none of them need a “fan” like you in their court. How could you be so nasty and angry? I wonder if maybe something else is going on with you maybe? Not sure just sounds that way in my opinion. I am so angry at your ignorance and the fact you would call someone a liar that you don’t know or the facts of her case. You are off base and I resent what you said.

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  52. Linda says:

    Endometriosis treatment is widely known, esp. by those who, um, actually HAVE it. Yes, that includes me. Menopause pretty much made it go away. There are benefits to getting older! LOL. KS’s statement about having it came from her reps and she has not contradicted it.

    Yes, agree to disagree. Jen will go on to much better stuff than a soap on verge of being cancelled all the time!

    GH going an hour earlier in Atlanta on 9/10, which allows me to watch Y&R, too. NOT Katic Couric. Time to support all our soaps, but dishonest people with squeaky voices just really annoy me. :)

    LOVING the addition of some OLTL people, but esp. Roger/Todd…he is hilariously awesome.

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    Liz replied

    Was “your” Endometriosis a mild case and that its why you assume to be authority? It can be and your symptoms perhaps were not like someone with severe endo. I am happy for you if it was! Jealous actually. Happy it “went away” after meno.. However it NEVER GOES AWAY, it needs to be removed. It is tissue that can, not always, but can grow quickly and affect other organs. Surgery is the only way for it to “GO AWAY” and has nothing to do with menopause. We don’t know Kristens history. My daughter like myself has it and she is 20 yrs old. Hers ( mine at her age) so far (thank God) has not limited her lifestyle. It took years in MY case for my case to become severe. Perhaps medical advancements today can prevent in a non invasive way from becoming more serious. Age is not a factor in the diagnosis of endo,,actually I am not sure and will look it up, but I believe is common in young women who have a genetic predisposition to it. I believe my Dr shared that with us. I know it is a infertility factor and was with me. Just additional info I thought I would share after reading you last post.

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    Linda replied

    When the estrogen disappears, the overgrown tissue usually dies and is absorbed by the body. If not, laparoscopic procedure can clean it all out thru the belly button. Down time, less than a week. Worse case scenario, hysterecttomy. That does not take almost a year to recover from! Believe me, I did tons of medical research on this. I don’t just take a doctor’s word for it! Birth control pills are usually what the doc Rx’s and it usually keeps it in hand. It can and does cause intertility, so I will repeat the advice given to me long ago: have your babies early if you want them, or you won’t be able to have any. I chose not to have any for other reasons. Oh, and fibroids go away after menopause, too. There is an upside to aging. LOL. And yes, medical science continues to advance, but a friend of mine several decades youngere is receiving the same treatment: lap. first, b.c. pills and hoping she can still have a kid. The pain is, always has been, and always will be, horrific whenever you get your period due to hormonal fluctuations. I wish you and your daughter luck and the BEST doctors around!

  53. Jeanne says:

    I was sorry to hear that you will be leaving the role of Maxie. I’ve been watching GH for over 30 years so have seen many recasts. I thought you did an amazing job in such a distinct role. I like KS in the role, she pretty much made Maxie who she is today. You were able to play a lot of her key elements, but also brought many different elements to the role that I really enjoyed. Your Maxie was much sweeter than KS’s which I kind of liked. I couldn’t even imagine KS playing out some of the situations you were in, like taking the blame for Robin’s death and going to prison for it. Anyway, I wish you the best of luck in your future endeavors!

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  54. Matt says:

    done watching GH

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  55. Liz says:

    Jen you did a GREAT job. You are a class act and wonderful actress. Kristens fans were not always kind and that was terrible. I think Kristen also was upset with her “fans.” As she said basically they were not fans of hers if they trashed talked you. I love Kristen, she is in good health and that is what is so important here too. You showed up and were ready out of the shoot to do justice to the Maxie character. Not easy.YOU DID IT! I think you were incredible in Robin storyline. Emmy worthy. I will be following you and look forward to seeing some more of your great acting chops! I wish you well. You are going on to something big I have a good feeling. Bless you and thanks for keeping Maxie on front burner and doing it so well. Liz <3

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  56. Steven Balistreri says:

    My wife Jayne and I are in our 60′s and we have been watching Gh since the 1970′s. From the first day that Jen appeared on GH we both felt that she was a very special actress, and brought much needed energy to the show. We have a niece who is also an actress and appears on the TV show Suburgatory. I will be asking her to talk to the shows producers and see if they can offer Jen a part on the show. Where ever she lands, she will be a welcomed addition. Good luck Jen.

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  57. Julie says:

    Wow, I miss Kirsten and looking forward to her coming back. Jenn you have done a great job in a difficult situation, and I thought you were blossoming well, love the fun energy of the Lulu preggers scene. Good luck and I hope you are super successful in your future endevors.

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