Gabriela Adrianna Josephina “Gabi” Hernandez DiMera (formerly Fallon) is a fictional character from the NBC soap opera Days of Our Lives. The role was introduced by the show’s then head writers Dena Higley and Christopher Whitesell on November 20, 2009. Gabriela Rodriguez won the part after successfully auditioning.
However, months into her portrayal, the decision was made to age Gabi. In July 2010, it was announced that Rodriguez was replaced by former One Life to Live actress Camila Banus. Banus had previously auditioned for the role but was turned down, and rejected her first offer to return before finally accepting. She first aired on October 4, 2010.
Originally described as a sweet, innocent and loving girl, a number of events since Gabi’s arrival on the series have caused her to suffer from mental health issues. Both actresses have admitted to sharing similarities with Gabi. In 2012, the character experienced a huge personality shift, which would reveal her manipulative side that was called “crazy” and obsessive.
Her story-lines have included the death of her sister Arianna Hernandez (Lindsay Hartley), finding out that her first love was gay, and romances with Chad DiMera (Casey Deidrick, Billy Flynn) and Nick Fallon (Blake Berris). After Gabi’s recent crimes, making Abigail Deveraux think she’s gone crazy to attempting to murder Julie Williams, she became the psycho-town troublemaker and the most hated woman in Salem, even more so than Kate Roberts herself.
Gabi is of Latin descent, and Banus has expressed her pride to represent the Hispanic community through her portrayal. Banus’ portrayal of Gabi earned her a Daytime Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Younger Actress in a Drama Series in 2015.