“She has major daddy issues.”

When Jen Lilley sauntered into Salem as Theresa, sneaking tokes with a teenager and causing Jen grief, we couldn’t have been more excited to have another bad girl on the block. Lilley spoke with Soaps.com about Theresa’s new friendship with Anne (“We are like an evil Lucy and Ethel.”) as well as how it feels to shake up the Horton clan and why her parents are to blame for all of it.

Soaps.com: So were you a fan of the show before you got to Salem?

Lilley: No, I wasn’t not a fan, I just didn’t watch soaps growing up. And then when I did, I was just watching “General Hospital” clips. But I’m a huge fan now and it really took me by surprise. I watch “Days” now even when I’m not on to see what’s happening. I love it.

Soaps.com: Why don’t you tell us a little bit about Theresa and who she is.

Lilley: She is Shane [Charles Shaughnessy] and Kimberly’s [Patsy Pease] daughter, and the background there is that Kimberly Brady was off and on, and off and on, with Shane Donovan, who is Theresa’s biological father. And Kimberly was a prostitute, and she was with Victor Kiriakis [John Aniston]. Shane, as my understanding has it, was a spy and he was sent to take down the Kiriakis family. Theresa knows her mom’s background, and her dad was absent. Her whole childhood she grew up without a dad because Shane left when she was about 1 year old. Being a woman, you can relate on some level that girls who didn’t grow up with dads or who don’t have a father figure in their life, often they are looking for approval in other men. Oftentimes, not in healthy situations. And I think that Theresa is very promiscuous and I think that she is attracted to older men because she has major daddy issues.

Also, she knows that Kimberly was a prostitute. And that’s hard because Kimberly put herself together and created a new Kimberly as a put together child psychologist, which is also awful. Theresa has grown up with this person who was a prostitute and now she’s trying to act all prim and proper and wear Kate Spade clothing and analyze all of her thoughts, which is hard. But then to justify Kimberly’s actions, I can’t imagine being a single parent. Kimberly is compensating for two parents so she is being overly strict which, is a formula for trouble.

I think that Theresa is really troubled. I think that she uses drugs and sex as an escape. She doesn’t want to deal with her mom’s psychoanalysis, which is probably true. And I think that she feels really unloved and has dealt with a lot of rejection. Second, she sets people up to not like her because she can’t deal with rejection. So she is going to have people reject her before they even say two words to each other.

She’s an interesting character, but at the same time she makes poor choices and I think that she is really nasty and mean spirited on the inside. I think she’s really jaded and I don’t give her many excuses for that.