Brooklyn born Alyssa Jayne Milano is an American actress, liberal activist, producer and former singer. She was born on December 19, 1972 and grew up as a Roman Catholic. She was just seven years of age when without informing her parents, her babysitter took her to an audition for one of the four leading parts in a national touring company of Annie. She was among the four selected from a competition of over 1500 girls.
Milano doesn’t feel that growing up in front of the camera hurt her childhood. She has said, “I love my family very much – they’ve really backed my career. I consider myself to be normal. I’ve got to clean my room, and help in the kitchen.” In August 1984, Milano made her movie debut in the coming-of-age drama Old Enough, which according to her was a “great” way for “starting out.” The movie was screened at the Sundance Film Festival and it had won the first prize.
During the early 1990s, Milano gave auditions for almost every film that fell in her age bracket, including the B-movies, and she tried to get rid of her “nice girl” image by posing nude in a number of erotic films aimed at adults, such as Embrace of the Vampire, Deadly Sins and Poison Ivy II: Lily. During an interview in 1995, she clarified her intentions for some of the explicit scenes in Embrace of the Vampire: “I’m not going to say that I was manipulated into doing things that I didn’t want to do. I did it because it was a woman director and I felt protected. And I learned a lot as far as knowing where the camera is and what coverage they need so that it’s not all explicit.”
Milano was in a relationship with The Lost Boys actor Corey Haim from 1987 to 1990. Milano and her parents, along with Haim’s manager of the time, unsuccessfully tried getting Haim help for his addiction.
In the year 1993, Milano got engaged to actor Scott Wolf, but, they called off the engagement the following year. On January 1, 1999, Milano got married to singer Cinjun Tate, and they divorced early next year. Between 2001 and 2003, she had a relationship with her Charmed co-star Brian Krause.
After a year of dating, Milano became engaged to Creative Artists Agency agent David Bugilari in December 2008, and they got married on August 15, 2009 at his family home in New Jersey.
Milano is best known for her appearances in Who’s the Boss?, Melrose Place, Charmed, My Name is Earl, Mistresses and the Netflix series’ Wet Hot American Summer: 10 Years Later and Insatiable.