Camila Banus is bidding farewell to Salem.
"My main goal and hope in announcing my departure from Days of Our Lives and my beloved character of Gabi, is to allow myself new opportunities for work—whether that be movie or other TV opportunities," the 32-year-old exclusively told E! News on May 2. "Although I'm grateful for my 13 years at Days, I had a lot of restrictions, especially when it came to other job opportunities."
"Now that the Days chapter has ended," she continued, "I'm ready and eager to dive into new projects, challenge myself in unique and different roles and continue representing Latinas in this industry."
In addition to new professional ventures, Banus, whose last day on set was April 28, recently revealed she hopes to have her first child with husband Marlon Aquino in the near future.
"My husband and I are trying to start a family, hopefully," she told The Wrap, who first broke the news of Banus' exit, on May 1. "And that's another big factor in possibly just slowing down for a little bit and seeing kind of where this time takes me."
The Emmy-nominated actress also acknowledged her appreciation for her time on Days
"That's an enormous amount of time, especially in this industry where it's such an inconsistent employment process that I call it the 99 percent unemployment industry for everyone," she continued. "I've been very blessed and very lucky to have been representing Latinas and Latinos as Gabi."
Banus' final episode of Days will air later this year.
Days of Our Lives airs weekdays on Peacock. Keep reading to see more stars who left hit TV shows.
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