Amanda Seyfried: Exiting Big Love

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The big screen is calling a star of Big Love.

Amanda Seyfried, who has portrayed Bill Paxton’s oldest child Sarah since the drama debuted in 2006, will be leaving to pursue a burgeoning film career.

"She's been exploring her movie career for a couple of years now, and we've been giving her a lot of room to do that,” Big Love creator Will Scheffer told TV Guide Magazine. “I know having a commitment to a show for six months definitely cuts into her ability to pursue that career."

Amanda Seyfried on Big Love

In the season's eighth episode - there will only be nine total this year - Sarah will leave the family, Scheffer confirms, saying simply: “She's moving away."

Until that point, Seyfried will have plenty to do on the HBO hit: her character will be getting hitched in the third episode, which causes series drama involving her disappointed parents.

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Big Love Quotes

Sarah: Why can't we just hire a babysitter like everyone else?
Barb: Because we're not everyone else

Margene: Does that mean you miss me more?
Bill: Officially... I miss you guys all the same.