There is going to be some room for new characters in Pine Valley very soon. Soaps.com has learned that fan-favorite Leven Rambin (Lily/Ava) and love-to-hate-him hunk Billy Miller (Richie Novak) will leave All My Children before the summer is out.

We’ll focus on Leven first. Rumor have abounded for months – ever since her dual role of Lily/Ava was reduced to a few cameo appearances just before the holidays – that Leven would leave the soap for the greener pastures of LA and movies. Late last week, Leven released a statement says that it was time for her to try a few new things in her career.

“I was so fortunate to be in such an environment for the past 4 years. But, alas, much like my peers who are graduating high school around this time, it’s time to move on,” said Leven in a prepared statement. “Four long but amazing years of my life have been spent with All My Children, and I will always look back on my experience there fondly. I feel it is time for me as an actress to expand and have new opportunities.”