Nina Dobrev has quit The Vampire Diaries.
The 26-year-old actress, who stars as protagonist Elena Gilbert in the supernatural drama, has announced she won’t be returning for the show’s seventh season and has already staged a party to say goodbye to the cast and crew.
On April 6, she wrote on Instagram: ”I’ve just spent the most beautiful weekend on Lake Lanier in Georgia with my own TVD Family, the cast and crew of The Vampire Diaries. I want to be the first to tell you that it wasn’t just a holiday celebration, it was a goodbye party. I always knew I wanted Elena’s story to be a six-season adventure, and within those six years I got the journey of a lifetime. I was a human, a vampire, a doppelganger, a crazy immortal, a doppelganger pretending to be human, a human pretending to be a doppelganger. I got kidnapped, killed, resurrected, tortured, cursed, body-snatched, was dead and undead, and there’s still so much more to come before the season finale in May.(sic)”
Nina—who previously dated her co-star Ian Somerhalder for three years until May 2013—also took the time to thank the program’s ”passionate” fans and promised the remainder of the sixth season will be great viewing.
She said: ”You, the wonderful fandom who gave more love, support and passion than anyone could have ever imagined seven years ago, when a young Degrassi girl from Canada showed up in LA to audition for ‘that Twilight TV show.’ 😉 I love you all. Fasten your seatbelts. If you think you know what’s coming, you don’t.(sic)”