Age is nothing but a number. Just ask Alyssa Milano. The 40-year-old Milano has been gracing our screens for nearly 30 years since appearing as a child star on Who’s The Boss, but fans of Milano will get to see a sexier side of the actress in the upcoming issue of Maxim magazine. Wearing a flannel shirt and posing without a bra, Milano talked to Maxim about growing up in the spotlight and her new ABC soap opera Mistresses.
Milano acknowledged to Maxim that her upbringing as a child star was unusual, but that she “didn’t know anything else.” However, she said that her natural teenage insecurities were heightened when producers began incorporating her puberty into the script. “It only got embarrassing when the show would take what was going on with me and write it into the show, like 'Samantha's First Bra.' It was like, OK, guys, do we really need to do this?" she joked. "But what an awesome time stamp!"
Milano acknowledged how fortunate she is to continue working in Hollywood since many of her child star contemporaries have long since faded from the spotlight. “That was an era when TV child actors just didn’t work after their show was over,” she said of her work in the ‘80s. “I think Christina Applegate and I are the only two who maintained some sort of career path past the shows that launched us. But… I look at a lot of these kids who struggle in the industry and think they’d have struggled no matter what they did.”
Since her time on the Tony Danza sitcom, she’s gone on to star in hit shows including Charmed and My Name Is Earl. Milano’s personal life has also been thriving; she married CAA agent Dave Bugliari in 2009 and gave birth to their first child, a boy named Milo, in 2011.
Her latest show Mistresses, a revamp of the popular drama on the BBC, features her taking on the lead role of married attorney Savannah Davis. The show premiered earlier this month to strong critical reviews. "I love playing women that are flawed, and right from the pilot, she makes a decision that has some heavy consequences, so I knew that that exploration would be really challenging and fun to play," she said to Us Weekly. “The foundation of the show is the friendship between the women and… combined they make the perfect woman.”
However, the big question on everyone’s mind is how she maintains that killer body. Milano said that she stays in shape through intense workouts that include daily three-mile runs, regular spinning classes, and weight training sessions at least twice a week.