‘Chicago P.D.’ Actress Lisseth Chavez Exits Series Ahead of Season 8

CHICAGO P.D.- “Infection Part III” Episode 707 — Pictured: Lisseth Chavez as Vanessa Rojas — (Photo by: Matt Dinerstein NBC)

Lisseth Chavez, who played Intelligence Unit rookie Vanessa Rojas for one season on Chicago P.D., will not be returning to the NBC series. Instead, she is joining DC’s Legends of Tomorrow as a series regular in the upcoming sixth season, Warner Bros. Television announced Saturday during DC FanDome.

The actress will play alien authority Esperanza “Spooner” Cruz on The CW superhero series, WBTV said.

According to the official character description, “Spooner Cruz lives off the grid, devising ingenious tech for the detection of — and defense against — space aliens. And while some might call her paranoid, she calls it being prepared. A survivor of a childhood alien encounter, Spooner now believes she has the ability to communicate telepathically with aliens — making her the perfect recruit for Waverider captains Sara Lance, Ava Sharpe and the Legends who, in season six, will be hunting down extraterrestrials who have been displaced throughout history.”

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Chavez joined Chicago P.D. in season 7 as an undercover officer who was recruited by Sgt. Hank Voight to join the Intelligence Unit. According to Deadline, the show’s creative team decided not to move forward with her character. It is unclear how the series will address her absence. Chicago P.D. is scheduled to return to NBC for Season 8 on Wednesday, Nov. 11, at 10/9c.

DC’s Legends of Tomorrow  is produced by Berlanti Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television. The series returns for its sixth season in 2021 on The CW.