Once the queen of the ’80s sitcom scene, Alyssa Milano is all grown up now and hoping to start a family of her own. The 37-year-old Who’s the Boss and Charmed alum is set to star in the upcoming Lifetime movie, Sunday at Tiffany’s on Monday, December 6. During a conference call, Alyssa opened up to Celebrity Baby Scoop about her hopes to become a mother to “one or two children,” her Christmas plans which includes an “Italian feast,” how she’s “obsessed with being green,” and her role as UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador.
Alyssa said she’d love to become a mom one day soon.
We are going to take what god gives us. We’re not not trying, but we’re not really trying either.” When asked if she’s sick of that question, she replied, “I just wonder if there’s a double standard there because I wonder if male actors deal with this question too. I’ve never seen a baby bump watch on Brad Pitt. But whatever god gives us we’ll be grateful for. I’ve always thought maybe one or two children” She added, “If I have kids, I know that I will have a girl! When I was a teenager, wow did I put my mom through it!”
Speaking of her parents, do they want grandchildren? “Yah, I definitely think they do. Until that happens, they’ll have to be content with my fur kids – my dogs.”
The hopeful mom-to-be is already preparing for a better world for her future children. “I’m obsessed with everything green.” In fact, she said they’ll be a dual electric car family soon. “I just pre-ordered the Nissan LEAF and my husband is getting the Volt. How cute are we?!”
Alyssa went on to say that the recent oil spill changed her priorities toward a greener future.
After the oil spill, I had this strong feeling that if I ever were to be blessed in having children, I never wanted my kids to see me pumping gas at a gas station,” she said. “I think it’s our responsibility to make the changes that we need to take regardless of convenience. I know it’s more inconvenient to have an electric car, but I’ll do what I have to do. I’m also a vegetarian. I have 5 dogs and 10 horses and about 90% of them are rescues.”
In talking about her upcoming film, which she calls a “modern day fairy tale,” Alyssa reflected on her 30-year acting career and what has kept her in the industry.
“What’s kept me in the industry is I don’t know if I can do anything else!” she laughed. “I didn’t go to a regular high school I didn’t participate in college classes, so this is all I’ve ever really known since I was a little girl. I started acting when I was seven. I like the stability of television. This business is so fickle and you never really know when your next job is going to be. To have that stability allows me to enjoy my life a little bit more because I don’t have the stress about where my next job’s going to be.”
Did she ever have any other career aspirations?
“In my early 20’s I thought at some point I’d go to med school to study medicine to be able to help kids,” said the longtime actress.
Alyssa has also found the time to give back to the global village as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador.
“I’ve been an ambassador for UNICEF since 2003,” she said. “In 2000 I lived in South Africa for three months and I volunteered at a children’s hospital. I became caught up in what was going on socially in South Africa. Apartheid has recently been abolished when I was there. There was still a lot of struggle and people trying to find their place.”
She said her move back to the States was a bit of a culture shock which led to a “bout of depression.”
“When I came home – I lived in Beverly Hills at the time – I had a very hard time assimilating that person I learned about in South Africa with the person that I was in Los Angeles,” she said. “I went through a bout of depression and my mom said, ‘You should call UNICEF and see if there is anything you can do.’ Since then, I was appointed as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador in 2003. With them I’ve been to Angola and Africa in 2004, India six months after the tsunami hit and this year I went to Kosovo.”
An actress since the age of seven, Alyssa shared her thoughts on today’s child actors.
“I think it’s harder and easier in a lot of ways,” she said. “I think it’s easier because when I was a kid on television, there were very few people from my generation from TV that actually made that transition [from child into adult star]. Also, I was on TV when it wasn’t really cool to be on TV. It wasn’t until Friends and Michael J. Fox where people that were on TV were taken seriously as actors at all. I think it is easier now for kids to make that transition if they have talent.”
But she admits it can be hard to be a child actor in this day and age.
“I think it’s harder now, though, because we have this fascination with celebrity and the internet has made it very easy for that fascination to alienate the celebrities from being a normal person,” she reflected. “I think everyone is under a microscope now. That was not the case when I was coming up. I feel like the people that have had a hard time and have struggled are the people that would have had a hard time and struggled no matter what they did in their lives. I was blessed to have an amazing family that kept me grounded and made me realize what was important in life. I don’t think a lot of kids don’t have that.”
Alyssa shared her Christmas plans. Having been raised in an Italian-American family, it’s no surprise that the holidays revolve around food in the Milano household!
Every Christmas we go to my parents house, who have been married for 43 years,” Alyssa said. “My mom makes an Italian feast like you’ve never seen. She’s got an Italian course which is mainly different types of fish dishes. Them she makes an American course after that – usually turkey and ham. So we’ll eat until we’re in a food coma. My dad and brother are musicians and they jam. My dad will play the piano and my brother will play the guitar. At about 11:30 we open all the presents. Then on Saturday, we have a big Christmas brunch and we open gifts from Santa.”
Does she still have the die-hard Who’s the Boss and Charmed fans hero-worshiping her?
Alyssa said lots of people come up to her and say, “You were my first crush. It always makes me smile and gives me the giggles a little bit. I think the cool thing about what I feel is such a blessing in my career is that I grew up in people’s living rooms. I always say I’m the eternal cousin because I was such a part of people’s families. That has enabled me to have somewhat of a normal life because I’ve always been accessible. So I’ve always been able to do my own food shopping and just blend in. If people do recognize me, they don’t treat me like I’m untouchable and just go on with their day.”
But if she were to grow a baby bump, surely her anonymity would be gone? “I live so far away, they won’t be able to find me,” she laughed.
Be sure to watch Alyssa in Sundays at Tiffany’s, premiering Monday, December 6, at 9 pm (ET/PT).