Julie Benz is the actress who plays Rita Bennett. In response to her character being killed off, Julie Benz said the following: I was shocked because I loved being a part of the show. I loved playing Rita. I loved working with the cast and the crew and the writers. So it was quite shocking but I got over the initial, "Oh my God, I just lost my job," you're able to see it from a storytelling standpoint. It was aggressive storytelling and it needed to be done in many ways.