VIRGINIA BEACH -- One of the stars of the ABC soap opera General Hospital is in Virginia Beach this weekend.

Jen Lilley, who plays Maxie Jones, is in town to visit some of her family. She grew up in Roanoke and her father, the Honorable Vincent Lilley, was raised in the resort city. Her aunt is a kindergarten teacher with Va. Beach Public Schools.

She used to come to Va. Beach every summer. This time around, she's helping her cousin host a bridal shower

Lilley took over the role in September 2011 after actress Kirsten Storm became ill. Her character is currently in jail.

She says she thinks there's a place in TV for daytime dramas, despite so many being cancelled.

If you're not a soap fan, you may have seen her in guest shots on 'Two and a Half Men,' 'Criminal Minds,' ABC's 'Castle' and 'iCarly.'

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