What Happened to Vanessa Rojas on Chicago PD?

March 31, 2024

As fans of the NBC show may know, Lisseth Chavez signed on to play rookie police officer Vanessa Rojas in season 7. The character appeared to have settled into her role, forming a bond with fellow Intelligence Unit members Detective Hailey Upton (Tracy Spiridakos) and Officer Kevin Atwater (LaRoyce Hawkins). Her and Atwater had what seemed like a flirtatious relationship that was poised to become one of the new office romances on the show. However, when Chicago PD returned for season 8 following the COVID pandemic production shutdowns, Rojas was absent with no explanation as to her whereabouts or why she left the force.

A recent article by TV Line revealed that Chavez would not be returning to the series as a series regular for its eighth season, which debuts Wednesday, Nov. 11. In her place, Empire veteran Nicole Ari Parker will recur as Superintendent Samantha Miller.

Showrunner Rick Eid recently opened up a bit about the decision to write Rojas out of the show and how her absence in season eight’s first episode will be addressed.

Ultimately, it appears that Chavez decided to leave to take on the lead role of Esperanza “Spooner” Cruz on CW superhero series DC’s Legends of Tomorrow. As a result, she is not expected to return to the NBC drama in a series regular capacity at any point in the future. However, it is unclear if the producers of the show will attempt to find a way for the character’s story to be resolved on screen.

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