For Banus, developing into Salem’s devious bad girl has been a turn she’s welcomed. “I love it,” smiles the actress. “For me, it’s been really fun to play the reverse role of what I had been doing my last eight years on DAYS.
“You get a tool box in your head, or at least I do, when you get a scene to play,” continues Banus.
“It’s so interesting, because I feel I get more tools to play with when I’m portraying a bad girl or playing a situation where I get to manipulate or be a hypocrite… all these things that encompass negative things in the character. I love that.”
Fans Weigh In
Most fans seem to enjoy the turn in Gabi, too. “It’s the most commented thing – ‘You’re so good at being bad,’” notes Banus. “Thank you. I didn’t know it.”
However, there have been some viewers who have taken issue with her character. Mainly Chabby fans, who hate everything Gabi did to poor Abigail.
“There have been a few,” admits Banus. “And it was mostly during the part when Gabi was drugging a pregnant woman. That was a bit difficult for people to understand.”
In Gabi’s Corner
Yet, Banus stands behind her character and all her actions, revealing she isn’t totally happy Gabi’s plotting against Abigail has all wrapped up and come to fruition.
“No, not necessarily,” announces Banus. “In Gabi’s mind, the scales haven’t been balanced. Abigail got to leave [Bayview] and go be with her children and live her life. Gabi gets to be here and never gets to have children again.
“Abigail has scarred her. She’s left Gabi altered from how she was before. And Abigail’s fine. She’s not altered. She’s great.
“So those are Gabi’s worries,” adds Banus. “Those are her frustrations. Those are her real-life women’s issues.”
One turn Banus did like was Abigail deciding not to press charges against Gabi. “I think that’s something that was perfectly timed and perfectly done,” maintains Banus. “Because how long can this cycle go for? How long can we be getting each other back for stabbing each other in the back?
“It’s literally a never-ending cycle. It was nice for Ron (Carlivati, DAYS’ head writer) to establish some sort of closure… at least with Abigail dropping the charges.”
But, of course, Stefan, hasn’t really done anything to make amends with Gabi. And he was the driving force behind everything that happened to her, which is why Gabi still owes him.
“Right now, there’s a lot judgment [towards Gabi]… a lot of resentment from other people. It’s going to be a little bit of a dark time for her,” says Banus.
Then, expect her to rise up and start plotting, bigger and better than ever.
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