Camila Banus Talks Days of Our Lives Return, Exit, Upcoming Projects and More (EXCLUSIVE!)

Camila Banus reveals what led to her exit and her return to Days of Our Lives, talks upcoming projects and more. Learn more here--->>

Camila Banus spent the last 10 years wowing viewers with her superb portrayal of the youngest Hernandez sibling, Gabi! To say she's talented is an understatement.  She earned a Daytime Emmy Award nomination in the category of Outstanding Younger Actress in a drama series in 2015 for her work on the NBC daytime drama. Next week, on August 28, she will vacate the role of Gabi Hernandez DiMera but only temporarily as she is set to return on set next month when the show resumes production!  Soap Opera News caught up with Banus who told us about her brief exit and what made her return to the show. Read below!

Banus exited the show early this year stating, "When I initially took a break, there was a mixture of things going on. I was exhausted and needed to take some time off and wanted to be more available for other opportunities.  And then COVID happened and changed the game of not only the entertainment world but our entire planet!" With regard to returning to the show, she noted, "Part of the reason for my return has been that things are just so different right now, I know Days is shooting and I miss acting and my normal world so much.  They are a constant home for me, a constant place of peace and creativity. I love going back and I am excited for the future. 

Coming next week, viewers will see Gabi say farewell to Salem along with her dad Eduardo (A. Martinez) and brother Rafe (Galen Gering). Banus teased, "It's kind of sudden for fans. It kind of just stops everything but I can't wait for you guys to see where it leaves off because it's definitely going to leave people wanting more."

In this pandemic, Banus has been keeping busy. "I have been very creative!  Together with my boyfriend I painted a mural in my house - it's something I wanted to do for quite some time. We also painted some of the interiors of the house, although to be honest he did most of it”.  We have also spent time outdoors, hiking, and especially getting creative with working out. On my Instagram @camila, I post a lot of fitness because it’s my passion. I got into jump roping. And, I'm not going to lie, I watched a lot of television. There's a lot of good stuff to watch, so I'm not mad at it." She did continue, "And I literally cannot wait to go to the theater either, that's my favorite thing to do."

Did she ever think that fans would love Stefan (Brandon Barash) and Gabi as much as they did? "Actually, absolutely not!" She continued, "When we were first introduced (please do not get offended Brandon!) I had doubts. I was like, I don't know. I don't know if this is the right person. I don't feel like this is it. I felt like we weren't connecting. But, then something happened, something along the way, it just clicked. From that day on, we have been the best of friends. The minute that we started being so comfortable with each other, I knew it was going to be a great time."

Barash is now back playing Stefan's twin brother, Jake DiMera and Banus shared, "When I first hear I was over the moon that he was there." She was happy about Barash's return but, "then I heard he was going to be a different character and I was like 'Oh, that's interesting'." She also noted, "He came in as a character that had an accent and he was so different from Stefan, but it worked! It's funny! I think it's just our chemistry and I think we work so well with each other. I think we know how we work already so we feed off of that and I love it!"

We asked Banus if she would love to see Jake and Gabi end up together and she said, "Here's the thing with that. When we're together, that's the end of the story. That becomes the happily ever after. And, it kind of kills things off. The interesting thing is the chase, the conflict, the triangles. So, sometimes when you do get to the end of the road where they're happy and everything is so good, there isn't really much to pull from for storylines and it becomes kind of boring. So, obviously yes, I do want that. I would want that even for Stefan and Gabi but of course, that's not going to happen. Bu then againt, there will be conflict if we get together, there will be so many things. So, I definitely want that to happen - we'll see!"

In 2019,  Barash's character, Stefan was killed off and Banus delivered some amazing work. She said, "It was really tough. Simply because I did not want Brandon to leave, I was not happy with what was happening at the time. I did the preparation that I needed to do emotionally for that day, that week, and everything. It was tough, it was really physically and emotionally demanding. Especially with him, he was just lying there for a number of scenes and I remember him telling me, 'Camila, I was fighting back the tears. I’m supposed to be a dead person, how does a dead person just start crying?'"

Could we possibly see more of the Hernandez family back or does Banus want to see more of them included on the canvas? "Of course!," she exclaimed and continued, "Not only family members." She would also love to see much more. "I would also like to see more representation of Latinos, all different types of ethnicity, all different races, sexuality, orientations, all different types of people in general on our show. Just because that's life! Even now when we get back, it would be great for us to incorporate what's happening right now - wearing masks, our daily lives, our daily struggles, what we're dealing with, the pandemic, all those things are so prevalent and relevant. I don't know if that's what they're going to be writing about but I hope so."

A big question was what did she learn through playing the role of Gabi. "I think the most important thing that I've learned throughout the years of playing Gabi is that I have a strength inside of me that I was unaware of – had never tapped into it in any capacity." She went on further to share, "I also didn't know that I was so brave and courageous. In my daily life, I fight for people, I fight for myself, I definitely stand up for whoever I can when I see an injustice. I didn't really realize that as a possibility growing up, especially as a young teenager, I didn't know if I had that kind of voice. But, playing Gabi has really opened my eyes and just knowing the influence that a person like me could have makes me feel that responsibility and confidence and that's awesome."

So, what would her perfect role look like? "I really, really love the role of the Bond Girl in the Bond movies. I think they are just a great combination of beauty, strength, power, seduction and all of these mysterious qualities that a Bond girl possesses through her strength and confidence."

Banus heads back to work in a couple weeks, however, she has not seen the new scripts and has no idea of what the future holds for Gabi. "I have no idea what's next for Gabi especially right now with COVID happening. I don't even know how we're going to be shooting come next month, so we'll see what happens." She further stated, "But, I am very open on my social media platforms. I am not on Twitter anymore. But, on my Instagram, I will be posting what the experience is going to be like. So please tune into my live and my reel and IG TV because I'm going to be posting."

Banus is ecstatic to return to work although she disclosed, "hopefully some time in September." She couldn't disclose the status of her return as she told us, "I'm not allowed to say what it is," in regards to a contract. "But I will be there for a good amount of time and I hope everyone enjoys it as much as I will," she revealed.

As for what fans can look forward to outside of her daytime work, she said, "I will be coming out in another Lifetime movie. I did Killer Caregiver and this next one is called Deadly Bridenapping. It will be coming out soon. I got to work with another daytime star, Brittany Underwood who played my cousin on One Life to Live and it was so nice to work with her again!"

She couldn't leave without leaving behind a strong message, "I just want to say something if I can.  I am very vocal and open on my social media. Everybody knows that I don't really hold back. I want to say thank you to the people that write positive things and that can express themselves whether they agree with me or not without aggression.  I really appreciate all the positive people and all the support, as well as engaging in dialogue with those whose opinions differ from mine.  I love that, and I love my fans so much. Thank you for supporting Gabi although she's a wild character that people love to hate and thank you for watching the show!"



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Soap Opera News: Camila Banus Talks Days of Our Lives Return, Exit, Upcoming Projects and More (EXCLUSIVE!)
Camila Banus Talks Days of Our Lives Return, Exit, Upcoming Projects and More (EXCLUSIVE!)
Camila Banus reveals what led to her exit and her return to Days of Our Lives, talks upcoming projects and more. Learn more here--->>
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