Camila Banus—Her Days of Our Lives Exit Interview

What Did Gabi Hernandez Say When She Left 'Days of Our Lives'?

Camila Banus
Camila Banus. Courtesy: NBC/Mitchell Haaseth

Some soap stars are forever; others leave as soon as their contracts are up. The latter is the direction taken by Camila Banus who played the character of Gabi Hernandez on the popular daytime drama Days of Our Lives from October 4, 2010, to June 12, 2014. In fact, Banus was one of several 20-somethings, along with Molly Burnett (ex-Melanie), Casey Jon Deidrick (ex-Chad) and Chandler Massey (ex-Will), to leave the soap opera once her contract with the show expired. The actress decided to try her luck outside of the daytime arena. (Prior to joining Days, she played Lola on One Life to Live.) Before Banus wrapped things up, she shared some thoughts about her decision to exit Salem.

What made you decide to leave?

I've been on the show for three years. I was at the point where my contract was ending. I either needed to renew and stay or leave. I felt like it was necessary for me to go, to remove myself from least for a while. I don't know what will be up with my life as far as a couple of years from now.

What will you miss most about being on the show?

The other day I was shooting and just having these little [sharing] a joke with the stage manager or getting to say hi to everybody in the morning. I feel like that's what I'm going to miss because I've made a lot of great friendships—not only with the cast but with the crew. When you see these people day in and day out and then, all of a sudden, you don't see them again...It's going to be sad.

One of the best turns for your character was her relationship with Nick. What are your thoughts on that?

I love Gabi and Nick. A lot of Gabi's happiness has come from the time she's been with Nick. I appreciate that as somebody who's playing Gabi because we're in a soap opera where there isn't a lot of happiness happening. The little bit we do have is fun when we're playing it. It's nice when we play those moments, like Nick with the heart-shaped pillow [on the Valentine's Day episode] or going out and getting yogurt or whatever little thing we might be doing. It's those moments that are really fun. If the show was always hardcore drama it would be so negative and depressing all the time...a real Debbie Downer.

What will you miss most about playing Gabi?

Rafe and Gabi's relationship. Somebody said the other day on Twitter that it was the best brother/sister relationship on any television show, which is awesome, and I agree. I think they're amazing. [The writers] didn't play them enough, but when they did, people always responded really positively toward them.

Have you enjoyed working with your TV brother, Galen Gering?

I really have. Galen is amazing. He's just a great guy, and we have had so much fun working together. That's one of the biggest things I'm going to miss about the show—working with him.