At a petite 5'2," Alyssa Milano looks like your typical Los Angeleno in jeans, sporting tattoos in various places. But the 35-year-old actress is anything but an average
She recently returned from one of her trips on behalf of UNICEF, and last year, as founding
ambassador, donated $250,000 of her own money to the Global Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases Control.
Her humanitarianism includes South Africa, where she raised nearly $50,000 for South African women
and children with AIDS by selling her own photography along with the works of others.
Milano was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., and her performing career began as a child, when she toured with the musical "Annie" when she was 7 years old. She followed Broadway with her breakout television role on ABC's "Who's The
Boss?" which ran for eight seasons.
After growing up in front of the
television-viewing audience, the actress branched
out into film, until Aaron Spelling brought her
back to the small screen by casting her on "Melrose
Place" in 1997. Then came "Charmed," another Spelling
Last year, Milano combined her passion for sports and clothes into a women's fashion apparel brand
named Touch, designed for the female sports fan.
Bankrate: How do you ensure your own longevity?
Alyssa Milano: I don't know if I think that far in advance. I'm more the
type of person who lives in the moment, so I'm a healthy, well-rounded human being and I find that to be the key to
my happiness. The important thing is to live an honest, good and healthful life.
Bankrate: You are a self-confessed workaholic, so what do you do during
Alyssa Milano: I read a lot. I'm constantly on the Internet searching for
different information about humanitarian efforts that I might be able to pursue. I really spend a lot of time with my
family when I'm not working because, when working, it's hard to find time for family; you're with cast and crew members
so much. I go to movies. I do just normal stuff.
Bankrate: And probably attending a sporting event?
Alyssa Milano: I love hockey. My brother played it and I'm so excited that
it's back. But yes, I also love going to basketball games, football games, baseball. That's one of the reasons I got
involved with the Touch fashion line.