Entertainment TV & Film Biography of Actress Kate Mansi Mansi Played Abigail Deveraux Dimera for Four Years Share PINTEREST Email Print Vivien Killilea/Getty Images TV & Film TV Shows Dramas Comedies Documentaries Shows For Kids Movies By Janet Di Lauro Janet Di Lauro has covered soap operas for more than three decades. Previously, she was an editor for Daytime TV magazine and Soap Opera Stars. our editorial process Janet Di Lauro Updated February 14, 2019 Kate Mansi played Abigail Devereaux DiMera on "Days of our Lives" beginning in 2011 until she departed the show in late 2016. She was born Sept. 15, 1987, in Calabasas, California. Her other acting roles included Amanda on the sitcom "How I Met Your Mother," and Maria in the 2016 film "Muse." Weird and Unusual Facts About Kate Mansi Mansi once went by the stage name Kate Morris.Extremely flexible, she was nicknamed “Gumby” by her first dance teacher, and it stuck throughout high school.She has a large collection of music boxes.She is second cousins with Chicago White Sox first baseman Paul Konerko.A natural brunette, she originally dyed her hair dark blonde for the role of Abigail, but after four years on the job went back to her natural color.She cites her most embarrassing "Days " moment as the shower scene she shot with James Scott (ex-EJ) for 2-1/2 long hours. "That was uncomfortable," says Mansi. Biography of Kate Mansi Mansi studied film and public relations at Pepperdine University, although college wasn’t exactly her choice. "My parents really wanted me to go," she says. She agreed to attend until she landed work as an actress. "I didn’t book anything and thought, 'Oh shoot! I’m stuck here.'" Mansi, however, made the most of her college experience. As a sophomore, she placed second in the National Womack Speech Competition. During her senior year, she traveled to the Dominican Republic and Haiti to volunteer with Orphanage Outreach. Upon graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree, Mansi realized college was the best thing for her. “I feel like it’s such a privilege to be an educated woman, especially in today’s society," she said. "I so appreciate the fact that my parents pushed that on me." Kate Mansi's Performing Career A bona fide California girl, Mansi grew up in a large Italian-Irish family. Her mother, an accomplished dancer, introduced Mansi to dancing as a child. "She put me in class, and I continued with it and started going the competition route," she recalls. "I really fell in love with it." At age 15, Mansi joined the Pacific Festival Ballet, where she was a principal dancer in performances of "The Nutcracker," "Bambi," "Peter Pan" and the contemporary ballet "Heaven and Hell." It was in high school that Mansi developed an interest in acting, which was nurtured by her drama teacher, Bill Garrett. He cast her as the lead in a theatrical production of "The Mouse That Roared." After college, Mansi decided to focus solely on her acting career. She appeared in several national commercials and print ads. In 2008, she landed a guest spot on the sitcom "How I Met Your Mother" and was asked to screen test for the role of Melanie on "Days", but lost the job to Molly Burnett. Three years later, she auditioned for the part of Abigail Deveraux and landed the job. In her free time, the single actress enjoys dancing, yoga and horseback riding. She also loves to spend time with her beloved dog, Leighla May.