Molly Kathleen Burnett (born April 23, 1988) is an American actress and singer. She previously portrayed the character of Melanie Jonas on the NBC soap opera Days of Our Lives.

Early life

Burnett was born in Littleton, Colorado. She has participated in school plays and musicals during her upbringing in Colorado.. She has a brother, Will and a father, David.

Burnett has always been interested in performing arts, ever since she belted out a song in the car at age three, to the shock of her parents. As she grew up, she joined the Denver theater community, taking on roles such as Hermia in A Midsummer Night's Dream, Mayzie in Seussical, Dotty in Noises Off, and as the lead character in the musical Annie.

In high school, she was not just the homecoming princess, she also joined her school's speech and debate team, where she competed in the humorous interpretation division and eventually went on to place at the national tournament.

Burnett was also a member of her school's elite jazz ensemble and was chosen to perform in the Colorado All-State Choir, the All-State Choir and the National Honor Choir in Los Angeles. Molly graduated with honors from high school and moved to New York City, where she attended Wagner College on Staten Island. Although her heart was in NYC, she realized that her dreams of acting in film and television would ultimately take her to Los Angeles.


She landed the Days of Our Lives role within a year of moving to Los Angeles. She had a small guest-starring role on the Good Luck Charlie episode called "Boys Meet Girls" in June 2010, as Madison, PJ Duncan's crush. On May 27, 2016, it was announced that Burnett would temporarily replace Kirsten Storms as Maxie Jones on General Hospital due to health reasons, she began to appear in early July.

Personal life

Her mother, Katie, died of a lung illness on December 7, 2011. Molly has been dating model Spencer Neville since 2015.


In character as Amanda James on the HBO series True Blood, Burnett performed the song "Jesus Asked Me Out Today" during the show's second season in episode "Keep This Party Going". Burnett also sings each year at the Days of Our Lives fan event "Day of Days" with some of her fellow co-stars.


List of acting performances in film and television
2008Days of Our LivesMelanie JonasMain role from 2008–2012, 2014–15, 2016
2009True BloodAmanda JaneEpisodes: "Keep This Party Going" (#2.2), "May Be the Last Time" (#7.7; voice, uncredited)
2010Good Luck CharlieMadisonEpisode: "Boys Meet Girls" (#1.11)
2011The Key ManLittle GirlUncredited
2011Venice: The SeriesSarahMain role
2012CSI: NYMolly ByrneEpisode: "Slainte" (#8.16)
2013Major CrimesKim RileyEpisode: "Jailbait" (#2.13)
2013–15JessieDarla ShannonEpisodes: "GI Jessie" (#2.26), "A Close Shave" (#4.2)
2014ParkingSarahShort film
2015LongmireSarahEpisode: "Four Arrows" (#4.4)
2015CSI: CyberNinaEpisodes: "Why-Fi" (#2.1), "Shades of Grey" (#2.10), "5 Deadly Sins" (#2.16)
2015HikerBrooke FerrioFilming
2016Ctrl Alt DeleteLexPost-production
2016General HospitalMaxie JonesTemporary replacement for Kirsten Storms starting July 2016. to August 2016
2016Relationship StatusLaura3 episodes
2016The Wedding PartyLisaPost-production


In 2010, she was nominated alongside co-star Shelley Hennig for a Daytime Emmy in the Outstanding Younger Actress category. In the same year, she was nominated for an Indie Soap Award in the Best Guest Appearance category for the role of Lisa in Empire. In 2012, she was nominated again for an Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Younger Actress in a Drama Series.

2010Daytime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Younger ActressDays of Our LivesMelanie JonasNominated
2012Daytime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Younger ActressDays of our LivesMelanie JonasNominated