You’re probably familiar with Gabi Hernandez on NBC’ hit soap opera, Days of Our Lives, played by Camila Banus. While in Dallas for the shows 50th anniversary tour and book signing, we partnered with Banus for an exclusive portrait session that’s effortless.
These acting tips by Emmy actor, Camila, are concrete advise for up-and-coming actors.
Sergio Garcia: Tell us about your background and how you got introduced into acting.
Camila Banus: I’m a Cuban-Spanish-American actor that grew up in Miami. I’ve been in this industry for 15 years and cannot see myself in any other business! I’ve been acting my whole life – to my parents, to get out of going to school or to teachers, to get out of being in class! My mother has been my biggest supporter in my career. She has done everything she can to make sure we’re always heading down the right direction. My sister and I were fortunate to have an artist as a mom, she made sure we were always staying creative whether it was through dance, art, poetry or a variety of other great skills. We started out doing many regional and national commercials, then moved on to bigger roles on tv shows and films. Eventually we moved to New York while I was working on my first soap “One Life To Live”
SG: In such a competitive field, do you believe it comes down to strictly talent? Or would you say that looks or other factors may come into play?
CB: I definitely think that other factors are involved – not only looks but some luck and money, honestly. A girl with a really good quality headshot would mostly likely be called into the room instead of someone that could not afford such a high quality. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle is very important, that encompasses not only your weight but your skin, clothes etc.
SG: Do you trust anyone with your life?
CB: Yes – Both my mother and my sister. They are my everything. We all live together and have always been very united. I would do anything for my mom and I know she would do the same for me.
SG: You mentioned having a strong memory muscle – that’s quite handy when you’re attempting to remember your lines, no? What suggestions do you have for actors who are struggling with this?
CB: Work on material every single day. I cannot stress this enough. Even if it’s by yourself, there’s an app now that can read you back your lines! If you don’t have a scene partner work on a monologue or anything else really. Working on that muscle everyday is the only way!
SG: How do you balance a busy work schedule with every day life? Do you divide up the two, or is it just one big mush?
CB: It’s a big mush, haha! I often forget to sit down and actually enjoy my food and I find that I overbook myself very often. I attend a 24 hour gym just because sometimes I have to go at odd hours.
SG: Ugly and live forever or attractive and die in a year?
CB: Umm neither both seem insane.
SG: What is one thing you wished someone would of told you before going into this field?
CB: IT TAKES TIME.
SG: Where were you and what was your immediate feeling after learning you were nominated for an Emmy?
CB: It was super early in the morning and I had just woken up. I received a text and I was just … speechless really. I was overtaken by a tremendous wave of happiness, followed by happy tears and a lot of jumping up and down.
SG: If you could wake up tomorrow in another actors body, who would you pick and why?
CB: Right now it would be Tom Hardy! He is at the top of his game and it must be exhilarating.
SG: Do you have anyone you go to for advice – whether it be life or career?
CB: My mom is number one! I call her for anything and I’m not embarrassed to admit that. She’s my rock.
SG: What’s the best compliment you have received?
CB: “It’s an honor to be working with you.”
SG: Are you still learning who you are as a person and actor? Are they different individuals or a synchronized pair?
CB: Ha! Yes, I’m still learning and I guess we are always learning about ourselves. Its not that they are separate but they are two different energies that live in my body. One is a high impact, high stakes, in your face ADHD 12 year old and the other is sophisticated, sexy and passionate.
SG: What suggestions do you have for aspiring actors reading this who want to pursue a serious career in your industry?
CB: Not only should you learn about acting but learn about a million other things as well. The act of acting is to tell a story. So, make some stories to tell!