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DAYS Camila Banus Delivers The ‘Power Performance of the Week’

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The angst, drama, tears, and revenge continued this week on NBC’s Days of our Lives with the stirring portrayal of grief-stricken young woman; who is hell-bent on making everyone around her suffer for the loss of her husband in a fatal gunshot that left him brain-dead.  Of course, we are talking about Camila Banus (Gabi), who turned in bravura performances this week, and there are four moments that really stood out to us that showed the range and depth of Banus’ work.

In the hospital chapel, Gabi talks to God and prayed to him that he will make Stefan (Brandon Barash) whole again.  There has been one through-line for Gabi throughout her life – she seems to have everything and everyone she loves taken away from her, even if some of the decisions she makes along the way have a cause/effect that leaves her feeling completely alone, and ready to lash out at the world for what has transpired.  In the chapel, she asks God through her tears, “Why do you hate me so much?” Gabi tells God she went to Sunday school as a little girl and still she has lost God and her husband.  Gabi cannot even get herself to look at Stefan’s things when Sonny (Freddie Smith) and Will (Chandler Massey) try to share them with her as she slaps the envelope out of their hands.

In another heartbreaking scene, Gabi is in the bed she shared with Stefan. She flashes to kissing the love of her life.  Next, Gabi breaks down in tears, and throws things around in the bedroom before slumping to the floor.  She sobs and says, “Why did you give me your heart, Stefan, if you weren’t going to be around to love me with it?”

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Later, Gabi talks to Stefan in her sleep as she hugs his pillow. When she wakes up she cries as Kate (Lauren Koslow) arrives to check on her.  Gabi lets Kate have it, and at first blames Kate for the whole mess with Stefan.  Gabi lashes out that if it wasn’t for Stefan getting in between Kate’s feud with Vivian (Robin Strasser), he’d still be alive.  Kate knows Gabi is in despair and hugs her.  Then, Gabi channels her angst towards Lani (Sal Stowers) promising to make her suffer.

And on Friday’s episode, Gabi is ramping us some sort of revenge plan promising Stefan his legacy will live on. Earlier, Gabi was present with Lani and Eli (Lamon Archey) when Kayla (Mary Beth Evans) informed them that Julie (Susan Seaforth Hayes) will need a special pacemaker, even after receiving Stefan’s heart. Somehow, Gabi found a file on Visionary Bionics, the company that makes this unique medical device, and recalls Kayla saying she’ll do the procedure on Julie tomorrow. Gabi makes a mysterious call.  What is she about to do?

Through all of the emotional drama, Banus sustained a level of performance that is no easy feat. That is why Michael Fairman TV names Camila’s work The Power Performance of the Week.

Let us know if you agree with our pick, and what you thought of Camila’s performances, and what you think Gabi might do next, via the comment section below.

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Channing Capwell

Mail her the lead actress Emmy today. Given their shooting schedule, and the roller coaster of emotions she’s been asked to play, she’s been revelatory.

Colin
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Colin

I want someone to shut her up!! Who does she think she is??? Yelling and screaming at doctors and cops…ordering them around like they are her minions?! She “loved” Stefan for about 2 minutes…and despised him for 2.5 years before that. Her wailing and screeching and carrying on about him being the “love of her life” is ridiculous over the top nonsense! This is not Bo and Hope here!! Gabi has become a draining, shrill, heartless bitch that is loud, arrogant, entitled, vengeful, unforgiving, and all around unpleasant. Can the writers tone down her hatefulnes and volume a little??? She… Read more »

Violet Lemm2
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Violet Lemm2

Colin, I agree with every thing you have said, and more. Now this latest with poor Lani is the ultimate. I am putting Gabi up there with crazy Jordan. If this show gets any worse, especially with the time-jump coming, I may stop watching. I have felt for a long time that they have ruined Gabi’s character. I understand that every show has it’s own villainess, but there is more than enough on this show already. I also think Lani should tell someone like her dad for instance, that would believe her and find out what Gabi is up to.Levi… Read more »

Violet Lemm2
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Violet Lemm2

Personally, I have been so disgusted with her of late, I would like to see her gone! I used to like Gabi, but I feel they have ruined her character, starting with her chasing after Chad, and things she’s done to Abby. Also the slutty way she acts and dresses, and to give her another child would be insane. She doesn’t even take care of the one she’s got. I haven’t seen Ari in the Di Mera house one time since Gabi has been shacking up with Stephan and after they married. He was so good with Holly when she… Read more »

Gwen
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Gwen

Camila’s performance this week actually made me cry and I don’t cry at TV normally. She is amazing and I hope she gets an award!

Violet Lemm2
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Gwen
I didn’t know they had a bitch award. How interesting!

Richard Signorelli
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Richard Signorelli

yes yes and yes last week when i saw cynthia watros posted for her performance i said wait where is camila her performance was real and raw worthy of an emmy love her get brandon barash back asap days is a daily must see !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Sally Bradley
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Sally Bradley

She was phenomenal, and I felt her pain, like she was my own daughter. Bravo Camila!!!!

James R. Poissant
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James R. Poissant

Camilla blew me away with her scenes as Gabi. She’s been my favorite character on the show for years. I would be lost if Camilla left the show. I have watched Gabi take so much and I do understand the choices she makes. This week was awesome for me with her scenes!!!

Momo
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Momo

Love Gabi and Camilla.

Delonjo
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Delonjo

CB’s performance last week was indeed a revelation. I honestly did not know she had this deep well of emotion inside but she proved me very, very wrong. The scene that took me over the edge was Gabi’s diatribe against Kate while Kate was trying to console her. The second scream of “It’s not fair,” had me crying my eyes out. I rewound that scene about five times so that I could digest it all. I understand that this “love story” never existed but that’s beside the point. I can’t wait to see what Gabi will do next. I’m particularly… Read more »

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Ron Carlivati Talks on the Creation, Scenes & Cast of ‘Days of our Lives: Beyond Salem’

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‘Days of our Lives: Beyond Salem’ Stars Talk the ‘Making of’ the Limited-Series & the Moments They Loved

Five of the cast members from Days of our Lives limited-series on Peacock, Days of our Lives: Beyond Salem, chatted with Michael Fairman as a wrap-up following the conclusion of the streaming of all five episodes.

Joining Michael in a special conversation on You Tube’s Michael Fairman Channel are: Eileen Davidson (Kristen/Sister Mary Moira), Charles Shaughnessy (Shane/Drew), Peter Porte (Kyle/Dimitri), Zach Tinker (Sonny) and Rob Scott Wilson (Ben).

During the conversation, the actors share stories of the making of the series, and give insight and behind the scenes tidbits on their scenes including: how Eileen and Lisa Rinna (Billie) played recreated the ‘Amsterdam’ showdown from their time together on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, but as their Days’ characters of Billie and Kristen, how Peter learned to do the Tango from Dancing with the Stars Louis Van Amstel and Lisa Rinna, plus the drag show scenes where Zach became “Sonny Delight”, and more.

In addition, Charles Shaughnessy talks on how the series harkened back to the 80’s and 90’s campy action-adventure heyday of and the opportunity to work again with Deidre Hall and Drake Hogestyn as John and Marlena, while Rob fills-us in on trying to keep it together when working in scenes with soap vet Adrienne Frantz, when Ben and Ciara find themselves at a swinger’s party.

The interview is filled with many laughs, and candid moments that fans of the limited series will enjoy, especially the intel offered up by the cast.

Days of our Lives: Beyond Salem continues to stream on Peacock! Make sure to check it out if you haven’t, or rewatch it a second, or third time if you want to see more series like this in the future.

Below check out the interview with Eileen, Peter, Charles, Zach and Rob and make sure to subscribe to the Michael Fairman Channel for more celebrity conversations.

Now, share your favorite moments from Days of our Lives: Beyond Salem, and this video interview, via the comment section here.

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Days of our Lives Revisits ‘The Possession Storyline’ This Fall

On the heels of the streamer limited-series, Days of our Lives: Beyond Salem, the NBC daytime drama series has announced that they are set to revisit the all-time classic “Possession Storyline” from 1994.

In that, Marlena (Deidre Hall) became possessed by the devil and it became one of the most remembered stories of all-time on the soaps.

Now, DAYS is turning a return to the storyline with this promo teaser, “Something wicked is coming to Salem this Fall!”

The series is promising that “fans can look forward to twists and turns you’d never suspect as well as familiar faces returning to save the day (or not)…. this time around, the devil knows no bounds and no one in Salem is safe!”

You can check out the promo below.   More details will follow on this exciting storyline!

So, what do you think of DAYS harkening back to the possession storyline? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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