Daytime fan-favorite Jen Lilley (ex-Theresa, DAYS OF OUR LIVES; ex-Maxie, GENERAL HOSPITAL) is starring in a romantic new movie just in time for Valentine’s Day — A Dash of Love, airing on Saturday, Feb. 11, at 9 p.m. ET on Hallmark Channel!
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Lilley plays Nikki Turner, an aspiring chef who accepts a job at a prominent restaurant run by one of her idols, Holly Hanson, played by Peri Gilpin. “She’s brilliant and lovely and amazing and beautiful,” Lilley enthuses to Soaps In Depth. “It was so awesome working with her.”
Of course, things become complicated when she begins falling for the head chef, played by Brendan Penny. And that’s not to mention the fact that Holly is secretly stealing Nikki’s recipes to pass off as her own! “It’s so cute, and it’s so me,” Lilley says of the movie. “I totally get this character! I was laughing the whole time reading it, and thinking, ‘This character is me.’”
A chef herself, Lilley admits she loved baking for everybody on the DAYS set and is a huge fan of Valentine’s Day. “It’s my favorite holiday of all time, probably even more than Christmas,” she confesses. “When I was at DAYS, I would get every single cast and crew member personalized chocolates!”
The actress believes that soap fans will absolutely love this romantic confection. “Everything about this movie is amazing,” Lilley declares. “The fans are gonna love it. It’s very funny. I really hope Hallmark hires me again because I really like working for them already, and I love Hallmark movies.”
Preview A Dash of Love in the special gallery below and be sure to tune in when the romantic comedy airs on Saturday, Feb. 11!
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Jen Lilley and Brendan Penny sharing a laugh in the kitchen set
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Peri Gilpin as Holly Hansen giving Nikki a talking to
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Kandyse McClure as Angela with Lilley and Penny
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Lilley's character showing off one of her culinary creations
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Lilley and Penny struggle to hide their growing attraction since workplace romance is frowned upon!
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McClure's Angela tries to help Lilley's character face her fears
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Could Lilley and Penney be any cuter?