Home and Away spoilers follow.
Home and Away's Sarah Roberts has admitted she was "reluctant" to leave the show.
The star – who played Willow Harris for more than three years – appeared for the last time on Australian screens earlier this month, with her character hoping to reconcile with her ex Alex Neilson in Queensland.
Speaking to Stellar on Friday, Sarah said she would have been happy to continue on the Summer Bay soap.
"I was open to staying on the show," she said. "Home and Away really did become my family, and I was reluctant to say goodbye.
"But I had a feeling the time was up for my character and I was happy that she got a happy ending. She didn't get killed off, so there's always a possibility of return."
Sarah added that she found her final day on set "hard", but has since had time to reflect on her stint on the Australian soap.
"My last day filming was very emotional," she said. "It was hard saying goodbye to everyone.
"Home and Away is all-consuming. We've been filming for six days a week for three years, so it was scary to think about walking away from that.
"But now I've had space to decompress and realise there's a life outside the show."
Sarah also recently discussed meeting her husband James Stewart, who plays Justin Morgan, on set.
Home and Away airs weekdays at 1.15pm and 6pm on Channel 5 (UK) and Mondays to Thursdays at 7pm on Channel 7 (Australia). Selected classic episodes are available via Amazon Prime Video in the UK.
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