Speaking with Entertainment Weekly, the 29-year-old actress opened up about her decision.
“I love the art. And I felt like, creatively, there were things I wanted to do differently, and I wanted to explore other avenues of film and TV,” Crystal explained. “I wanted to jump into different characters. You know, I’m 29. So I think the age difference was something I wanted to change as well because she’s 17. I love the show so much. So I went to Jeff [Davis] and talked about it and he said, ‘We’ll write you a great ending.’”
Crystal continued, “It was really difficult [to leave]. The last week was really hard because I have spent so much time with these people and with the crew and with the cast. I didn’t expect for it to be as difficult as it was. I remember driving to do a scene, we were supposed to shoot in Long Beach, and I was crying the entire way and I remember calling Jeff and saying, ‘I don’t think I can do this. I don’t think I can let her go.’ And he said, ‘It’s going to be great’ and said the most beautiful things to me. Still, it was really difficult. It’s so hard for me to say goodbye to her. I really love her.”
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