camila banus returns as gabi DAYS
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Camila Banus is heading back to Days of Our Lives as Gabi Hernandez DiMera next week, beginning on Tuesday January 19, as detailed in our Days spoilers. The actress already returned once since the announcement came late last year that she would be exiting the role. We last saw the character on November 30, 2020 when Gabi decided to leave Salem to be with her daughter Ari in Arizona — after spying Jake in bed with Kate and learning that he had real feelings for the older woman.

Gabi finds Jake and Kate in bed on Days of Our Lives

So what can fans expect when Gabi hits Salem? Headwriter Ron Carlivati explained during our 2021 Days Preview interview, Gabi’s got her eye on the prize… and that prize is Jake! Banus admits that seeing Stefan’s brother with Kate was like a knife to her heart. “Of all people, Kate?” she sighs. “That hurt Gabi. She covers it with a lot of anger, but Kate is kind of the only real mother figure that she’s had in the last 10 years. So that was a kind of devastating blow to her heart.”

Jake and Kate are busted on Days of Our Lives

Despite how close the two women are, that doesn’t mean that Gabi isn’t going to fight for the guy. “Her first instinct was to sort of turn away,” says Carlivati. “But since leaving town, she’s regrouped. Now, she’s back and more determined than ever to fight for Jake. And she might just play dirty!”

So, hang on to your hats, fans, it sounds as though it’ll be a bumpy ride! Look back through our gallery and view photos of other Days of Our Lives actors who have recently returned.

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