"Ayoko pa po maging teenager. Gusto ko baby pa rin ako," said Mona Louise Rey who will be turning 13 years old on August 19.
In an interview with PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) while on the set of Hahamakin Ang Lahat, the tween star said she has yet to embrace the next stage of her life: adolescence.
Smiling, she continued, "Sinasabi nga po ni Mommy na ibahin ko na raw ang kilos ko kasi magiging teenager na ako.
"Matagal pa naman po iyon kaya baby pa muna po ako."
Does she already have a crush in showbiz?
"Wala po talaga akong crush dito sa atin.
"Isa lang po ang gusto ko, si John Cena, yung wrestler.
"Parati ko kasing pinapanood ang mga videos niya.
"Wala pa po akong nagiging crush na artista sa atin.
HEIGHT. Mona Louise and Jillian Ward are the same age, but the latter is taller.
Mona Louise has type 1 diabetes.
According to an article published in ABCnews.go.com, "If a child with diabetes has very good blood glucose control, growth, and development should be normal.
"But if the child has a lot of high blood sugars and has a lot of episodes of ketoacidosis [the body does not make enough insulin], it can have a serious effect on growth and development.
"Growth can be slowed and the child eventually could cross those percentile lines and end up short. And in terms of development, puberty can be delayed."
Her mom Fatima Marbella already consulted Mona's doctor, who said it's not the diabetes that's causing the slow growth.
She said, "Late bloomer lang daw po si Mona. Hindi pa kasi siya nagkakaroon.
"Pareho kami ni Mona noong mag-teenager ako. Maliit din ako noon.
"Late din ako nagkaroon ng period noon.
"Pero noong magkaroon na ako, bigla akong lumaki. Baka gano’n din mangyari kay Mona."