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Day of 'Days' Interview: Camila Banus On Gabi Hernandez's Newfound Freedom

Camila Banus at the Day of Days event on November 14, 2015. Photo Credit: Jessica Weisel
The annual "Day of Days" event was held on Saturday, November 14 at Universal Citywalk. Mandy Lynn Denaux covered the event for Serial Scoop and chatted with the cast of Days of our Lives about the 50th anniversary of the iconic soap opera, and much more. Camila Banus–who plays Gabi Hernandez–shared her thoughts on Gabi's newfound freedom after being released from prison, her love of working with the twins that play her daughter, and her new approach to Instagram.

Read the interview below.

SERIAL SCOOP: We know you can't share too much of the upcoming storyline, but if you had to summarize in one word what your character has been up to, what would that word be?
CAMILA BANUS: Freedom. Gabi’s been in prison, so she’s happy to be out. That’s going to encompass good and bad things.

SERIAL SCOOP: What has been the biggest shift for you with the regime change?
CAMILA BANUS: [Speaking from Gabi's perspective] Being in prison will change you … will change a person. Spending a night in jail will probably change you; make you not do things. And so imagine spending a whole year in a facility that you cannot leave, where you have to follow specific rules. Where you have to be with people you don’t want to be with. You have to not see your family. It is very traumatizing. So you are going to see a little difference in Gabi … maturity. She’s going to grow. Think about it. Think about the nights she spent alone, thinking about her child … crying about her child. So for her to be out and with her and holding her … you're going to see all of that.

SERIAL SCOOP: If you could play any other character on Days, regardless of age or gender, who would you want to play?
CAMILA BANUS: I think I'd play Ari. I love to talk about those children [twins Sydney & Harper Udell, who play Ari] whenever I can because they’re alien babies. They do everything perfect. I’ve never seen them cry. We’ve had the same children since we had the baby. Usually they change them up because they’re fussy or they want to age them up. But they know what they’re doing. As soon as they get there, I’m in their dressing room … playing with them, taking them to get popcorn or taking them to the makeup room. They love blus.

SERIAL SCOOP: How has social media impacted your experience as an actor?
CAMILA BANUS: I don’t know if you guys follow my Instagram or not, but for the last several months there’s been a little change in my account. People will ask me why are you doing all of these shoots, and here’s my answer to anyone who is asking. I am an actor, and I think people forget that what we do is … we are in images, images that move. That’s all we do. So it’s really important for me to get back to the basics of the '20s and '30s film, where you have all these dynamic characters, you have all these dynamic looks. Sometimes when you reach a really big audience, you can’t read everyone’s imagination, so sometimes you have to make it easy for them.

For me, I have a love affair with cameras. I love taking photographs, I love being in videos and in films. So for me this has been a wonderful way to express myself artistically. I’m only going to be 25 once. My body is going to be as good as it is now … as much as I work on it… and I’m proud of it. So I’m using it more as a means to grow with my followers, especially the younger generation. I would like to reach out to them and teach them a little more about what art can be … encompassing things that they do like, like sexuality. Because so many people that are young enjoy sexuality.

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