Nina Dobrev parted from the TV world last year after leaving The CW’s The Vampire Diaries. Dobrev has not been part of the show since season six, and she confirmed the news to fans on Instagram that she and Michael Trevino would be exiting.
Since leaving The Vampire Diaries, Dobrev has been raging through the movie screen. Her recent roles include xXx: Return of Xander Cage, the remake of Flatliners, and an indie comedy called Crashpad. She also has plans for more upcoming indie movies, including Dog Days, Departures, and Lucky Day.
Dearest TVD Family, 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. Elena fell in love not once, but twice, with two epic soulmates, and I myself made some of the best friends I’ll ever know and built an extended family I will love forever. There’s more to come before we wrap this up, and I promise you’ll get to hear all about my experiences over the next month as we approach the season finale (I have given an exclusive interview for the June issue of SELF Magazine that I am excited for you to see!), but until then I invite you to hop on the roller coaster ride that is Elena Gilbert’s life and join me as I celebrate her and prepare to say goodbye to her — and to my work family — as I move on to the next chapter of my life. I want to share this goodbye with all of you (this weekend’s pictures were just the beginning). 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. Love, Nina
Now, Dobrev is working on her return to television in CBS’s new comedy, Fam. According to Deadline, the former vampire will be playing a character named Clem, a funny, grounded young woman recently engaged to the love of her life, Jay. Unexpectedly, Clem’s younger half-sister Shannon (played by Odessa Aldon) shows up at Clem’s door in an attempt to escape their awful father. There’s one problem: Clem has lied to everyone, including her fiancé, that her father is dead. It is up to Clem to navigate the webs of her embarrassing family while keeping Jay by her side.
Fam’s Clem provides a more light-hearted role for Dobrev, something she was looking for after leaving TVD. “I’ve always wanted to take big risks. I started Vampire Diaries when I was 20, and I was playing a young teenage girl,” she explained. “I grew with the show and I wanted to continue to grow outside of it.”
She added, “I wanted to prove everyone wrong who said I would play this one role my whole life or be stuck playing younger roles.”
With her new movie parts already causing buzz, hopefully Fam’s Clem will be the exciting TV role she’s been waiting for.