Mona Louise Rey now lives her dreams
One of the more popular child stars today in the GMA-7 stable is Mona Louise Rey who started her show business career in the Kapuso Network’s teleserye “Munting Heredera” which ran for almost nine months.
Mona visited recently the offices of Inquirer Bandera and Radyo Inquirer where she was interviewed by Inquirer Bandera and INQUIRER.net.
Mona related that when she auditioned for “Munting Heredera” before director Maryo J. de los Reyes, she did so without a script and was just told to act out what was on her mind. She ended up besting the over 200 others who auditioned for a role in the teleserye and that started her career as one of the rising young stars of GMA-7.
According to Mona, she draws inspiration in her acting from her older sister who works in Bahrain. She said she’s very close to her sister and that she misses her so much.
Competition with Jillian Ward
With Mona in another current GMA7 teleserye, ‘‘My BFF’’, is Jillian Ward, another rising young star in the television network. Mona stressed that she has no personal conflict with Jillian and that there’s no one between them is on top as far as acting is concerned. She added though that she is not really that close to Jillian and that they seldom talk to each.
Studies and showbiz work
Mona is a Grade 5 student in a regular school but often has to skip classes when there’s taping. But she says her classmates have been good to her and sometimes lend her school materials and even treat her out.
On being diabetic
It’s no secret that the 10-year-old star suffers from diabetes and has to be watched on her diet. Mona says her doctor has told her she can eat anything but to take them in moderation. She says she has willed herself to do this and always seeks her mother’s counsel on food she’d like to eat.
Mona added she has been taught by her doctor how to inject insulin by herself if there’s no one to do it for her. She said she prefers to see herself being injected with insulin rather than while she’s asleep.
She said the disease was not inborn but she got it probably from drinking iced tea during breaks in the taping of ‘‘Munting Heredera.’’ She said as a kid, she loved the sweet flavor of iced tea and almost made it as her water daily for nine months.
At her young age, Mona said she has asked God why of all people she got afflicted with diabetes. But she added that even if God seemed not to have given an answer, she has come to accept it and realize how lucky she is by having many things other people without diabetes don’t have.
Dream to work with
She dreams to work in the future with the likes of Carla Abellana and Marian Rivera. She described the latter as kind and happy, not a snob and rude as depicted by other people.
Loomband and singing talent
Dreams for career and family
Mona actually dreams of becoming a doctor but stressed acting is her first love. She also wants to buy a house for her family and to buy each one of them a car, if given the opportunity in the future.
Message for sick children
Mona’s advice to sick children: Don’t let sickness prevent you from pursuing your hopes and dreams. You will achieve these if you don’t give up and face up to every challenge in life.
She said she has dreamed of becoming an actress early in life and recalls that at the age of three, she chose to enter television because she thought it was the way to go.
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