TV shows go through a significant transition process when a lead actor decides to step away, and one of the best examples of that is The Vampire Diaries. The hit CW vampire drama captivated audiences with its compelling pack of main characters, played by Ian Somerhalder, Nina Dobrev, and Paul Wesley. They made their way into our hearts for six years, and we just couldn't get enough of them. Unfortunately everything changed in 2015 when Dobrev announced she'd be leaving the show after Season 6.
As you can imagine, fans freaked out. We just couldn't understand what had happened. The actress explained the situation on Instagram, but that didn't stop numerous rumors from floating around online (with the most popular being that Dobrev decided to leave because of her break up with Somerhalder).
Fortunately, it's time to put those rumors to rest.
Nina Dobrev Left The Show To Seek Other Opportunities
Recently, the actress sat down for an interview with Harper's Bazaar to discuss her life and her career moving forward. There, #NinaDobrev also closed the door on speculation for her reasons to say goodbye to Elena Gilbert, and made it clear that she always planned to leave the show after her six-season contract came to an end:
"That was the plan from the get-go. If anything, the fact that [leaving] terrified me drove me even more. I needed to feel that fear of 'Oh, my God, what if I never get a job again?' That just made me want to work five times as hard to make sure that didn't happen."
Her comments echo what creator of The Vampire Diaries, Julie Plec, said last year. During an appearance in the KCRW podcast, Plec explained that the show's creative team was quite persistent in trying to get the actress back on board. Unfortunately for fans, she wanted to move on to bigger things:
"Nina had said earlier this year that she wanted to be done, and we spent a little time trying to talk her out of it," said Plec on the KCRW podcast. [We'd say,] 'Oh, look at all these great plans of how you can stay!' [...] She finally was like, 'No, I signed up for six years. I've done my six years. I'm ready to move on and spread my wings."
Moving On To Other Roles
Seeing how Dobrev hasn't been in the spotlight as much since her Vampire Diaries exit (in the past three years, she's only appeared in Let's Be Cops, xXx: Return of Xander Cage), it would be easy to argue that her career hasn't been doing well, but that's not the case. She's simply becoming much more picky with the work she takes:
"The things I want to do aren't necessarily the things that are expected of me. I don’t want to play a teenager anymore. I want to play adult roles and be challenged and work with great filmmakers and tell incredible stories, and that has meant being really picky."
Thankfully for her, that pickiness has paid off. Her big screen career will continue later this year with #Flatliners, a remake of the cult classic '80s film that follows a group of medical students who get addicted to near-death experiences to dangerous results. And the fun doesn't stop there, because she has a slew of other projects lined up. She's about to act as producer and co-writer in two films, and to top it all off, she's honing her comedic skills.
Dobrev is an incredibly talented actress with a bright future ahead of her, so I can't wait to see where her career takes her.
How do you feel about Dobrev's reasons for leaving The Vampire Diaries? Did you like how the show turned out without her? Let me know in the comments!