Nina isn’t the first starlet to leave the spotlight of her own show. HollywoodLife.com has gathered a list of the biggest leading ladies who’ve left their shows. Grab your tissues.
Who else is still in mourning over Nina Dobrev, 26, leaving The Vampire Diaries? All of you? OK, cool. Nina is just the latest of many major female leads who’ve left their mega-popular TV shows. From Mischa Barton, 29, to Hilarie Burton, 32, it’s time to take a trip down TV memory lane.
Nina Dobrev Quits ‘Vampire Diaries’ & More
Nina has been the center of attention in Mystic Falls by playing both Elena Gilbert and Katherine Pierce. The characters are completely different, but Nina has played both flawlessly. Seriously, can someone get an Emmy for Nina?
Seriously, can someone get an Emmy for Nina? Everyone remembers Nina sassing it up as Katherine at the Masquerade Party in season two. Goodness, when she had Damon and Stefan in the same room as her, sparks were flying.
Then, Elena made us sob more than we knew we could at the end of season three when she saved Matt’s life by sacrificing hers.
Despite the praise she’s received for tackling two of TV’s most iconic roles, Nina has decided to leave The Vampire Diaries at the end of season six. We will miss her dearly, but she is ready to move on with her career. If anyone can do it, Nina can.
Mischa Barton, Hilarie Burton & More Who’ve Left TV
For all of you who were teens in the ’00s, no one will ever forget when Mischa left the role of Marissa Cooper on The O.C. No one saw it coming. We cried so many tears when Ryan held her in his arms as she died after a car wreck at the hands of Volchok. Mischa’s career never really recovered after leaving the show, but we’ll always The O.C.
Hilarie was another TV show starlet who opted to leave her mega-hit series. The actress, better known as Peyton Sawyer, left One Tree Hill at the end of season six and took Chad Michael Murray with her. That was one heck of a blow for OTH fans. We’re still not over it.
HollywoodLifers, which leading lady do you miss the most? Let us know!
— Avery Thompson