Watch Days of Our Lives’ Camila Banus Undergo a Breathtaking Transformation That’ll Have Everyone ‘Gabi-ing’
The NBC soap actress gets glammed up in a snap and reveals her favorite person to work with.
We all know that soap stars spend time in the hair and makeup chair before heading into the studio to shoot scenes. In the case of Days of Our Lives beauty Camila Banus, one glam session went faster than the norm.
The actress shared a fun transformation video on Instagram captioned, “From Camila to Gabi.” In the first shot, Banus was dressed in a red jogger suit then with one click of her cell camera, she was in character, all set to go as Gabi, decked out in a sexy yellow and black number.
All playfulness aside, Banus explained, “Due to new protocols, getting into character now feels more like I am working on a long running theater show. I go back to ‘an actor prepares’ every morning with my rituals.” She then talked about of the “twists and turns” of the job but expressed, “I am so grateful to be an actor…” more to the point, “so grateful to work on Days of Our Lives.”
Banus revealed that one of the most common questions she’s asked by fans is who is her favorite person to work with on the NBC soap, to which she once again answered, “Hands down my answer will always be the crew. They are my family, my moms, sisters, brothers, dads, uncles, cousins, they make me love my job.”
And we are thankful for all of them! Without the actors, crews and everyone behind the scenes, we wouldn’t have our soaps!
Now is a great time to relive some of Gabi’s most memorable Salem moments in our photo gallery below.
<p>Ironically, Banus was not originally cast as Gabi, Gabriella Rodriguez was. “They told me that they wanted to go a little bit younger for the part,” Banus told TheCelebrityCafe.com. “So I put it out of my mind.” A couple of months later — wonder of wonders — the NBC soap decided that they wanted Banus after all. “I actually said no,” she recalled. But the show was so persistent that eventually, “I felt there was something there and that I had to do this.” The rest, as you well know, is history.</p>
<p>As anyone would, Gabi became smitten with local hottie Will Horton. But after they spent their first night, ya know, <em>together</em>, he pulled away. Rather than so much as glance at the writing on the wall — her boyfriend was so gay, Pride floats were already being constructed in his likeness — Gabi continued to pursue him with a tenacity that would have dinged anyone’s ego. Well, anyone <em>else’s</em>!</p>
<p>Once Gabi gave up on Will — bye, Felicia! — she retraced her steps to her ex, Chad DiMera (then Casey Diedrick), who was so into Melanie Jonas that he wouldn’t have known she was alive if he’d pressed a stethoscope to her chest. So Gabi did what any self-respecting gal would do and… wait, <em>whaaat</em>? She invented a stalker, then hired someone to play the part who was <em>so</em> perfect for it, he planted a rat in her food and took Melanie hostage. Way to commit, bro! Sick and all kindsa wrong, sure, but still… way to commit!</p>
<p>It died. Yep, Gabi had no sooner moved on with Nick Fallon than she discovered that her night of bummer sex with Will — only her second time with him <em>ever</em> — had left her with a bun in the oven. She and her new boyfriend convinced Will that it would be best for all concerned if they just let everyone think that Nick was the babydaddy. And it might have worked, too, had Chad not revealed the truth on the day of the “parents-to-be’s” wedding.</p>
<p>Gabi’s relationship with Nick continued to be a source of… well, whatever the <em>opposite</em> of comfort is. They tied the knot, only to annul the marriage after a run-in with the prison inmate who’d raped Nick. On one hand, he couldn’t handle being with Arianna’s mother; on the other, he couldn’t handle being apart from her. Ultimately, they had an altercation in the woods that left him dead — or so she thought — and, thanks to an assist from unlikely allies Kate Roberts and Sami Brady, residing at the bottom of the river.</p>
<p>… and you’re to blame. Yes, Nick, you gave love a bad name. After Gabi’s ex rose from his watery grave, he needed to be put down yet again. (No one in Salem ever seems to <em>stay</em> dead, do they?) So Gabi did the deed, afterwards owning up to it and accepting a sentence of 10 years behind bars. (Or 10 years more than <em>General Hospital</em> mobster Sonny has ever served!)</p>
<p>Owing to a sentencing error — thank you, terrible court clerk! — Gabi didn’t wind up spending a decade behind bars. Once sprung from the pokey, she dated JJ Deveraux, who cheated on her with Lani Price, then moved on with “late” bestie Abigail DiMera’s “widower,” her own ex, Chad. Big mistake. Having never read an article like this, Gabi was unaware that no one in Salem ever <em>really</em> dies, so she was completely unprepared for Abigail’s resurrection and subsequent reunion with Chad.</p>
<p>From there, things only got worse for Gabi. Her subsequent romance with Eli Grant was done in when she learned that he’d two-timed her with Lani — her <em>again</em>?!? On top of that, Andre DiMera stole from Gabi her design firm, dang it! Bad as all that was, it was only the tip of the iceberg! Gabi was sent back up the river for Andre’s murder — Abigail’s alter, “Gabby,” did the deed (and not with a cellphone, as this image suggests) — resulting in her being beaten so badly that Arianna was destined to be an only child!</p>
<p>Once freed, Gabi entered into a marriage of convenience with the Abby-obsessed Stefan DiMera that, to everyone’s surprise, turned into the real deal… just in time for him to take a meeting with his maker, courtesy of… Oh, you have <em>got</em> to be kidding! <em>Lani</em>?!? Incensed, Gabi deployed a heart-attack app (that no matter how many times we’ve looked, we’ve yet to find!) to threaten Eli’s grandma, Julie, and scare her nemesis outta going through with her marriage.</p>
<p>Gabi was stunned — and by this point in her life, it took a <em>lot</em> to even move her to <em>remark</em>! — when she caught sight of an alive-and-well Stefan… or, rather, Jake Lambert, the twin brother that neither he nor Gabi nor his mother, Vivian Alamain, had known that he had. And as rare as it is for lightning to strike the same place twice, it freakin’ <em>did</em>: Before Gabi skipped town, Jake succumbed to her charms just as surely as Stefan had!</p>
<p>The course of true love ran anything <em>but</em> smoothly for Gabi and Jake. If it wasn’t one thing (his affair with Kate), it was another (the devil slipping into Johnny DiMera’s body and daring Gabi to keep her hands off). The one thing that remained constant throughout the couple’s travails? Whether they wanted to admit, what they wanted most of all… was each other.</p>
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