Actress, Humanitarian, Philanthropist, #MeToo Activist,
Actress Alyssa Milano has spent almost her entire life in the public eye. A famous child actor, she has continued to work throughout her adulthood in both television and film.
Alyssa is currently seen as the host Lifetime’s Project Runway All Stars. Since joining the series in 2013, she has hosted four seasons. She was recently seen on the ABC series, Mistresses, the sexy drama series follows four women and their sometimes scandalous romantic lives.
Alyssa has a history of starring in long running successful television series. She starred on the hit WB series Charmed for nine years. The series’ debut was the highest-rated premiere in the network’s history. The show’s international appeal has brought it to more than 100 territories, spanning Europe, Asia, Africa and Australia. She also starred on the Fox cornerstone series Melrose Place and ABC’s Who’s the Boss, which aired for eight years. On the big screen Alyssa’s credits include Hall Pass, New Year’s Eve, Hugo Pool, Fear, and Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star.
On October 15, 2017, Alyssa tweeted a request to her followers: “If you’ve been sexually harassed or assaulted write ‘me too’ as a reply to this tweet.” Within 24 hours, her post generated thousands of replies, comments and retweets and inspired thousands more original posts on social media, with women and men from around the world sharing personal stories.In the weeks after Milano’s tweet, the #MeToo movement became a widespread battle cry for those seeking to show that sexual harassment is not an isolated incident, and nor is sexual assault rare.
Her other role is outside the world of Hollywood, as a philanthropist. UNICEF invited Alyssa to become a National Ambassador, recognizing her charitable work on behalf of children. She is currently working with UNICEF to educate American youth to the issues crucial to that country’s evolution. She has worked on UNICEF’s pivotal “Trick or Treat” campaign as an official spokesperson, and has plans to work with UNICEF on numerous projects in the future.
International Relief Work
International relief work is not new to the actress. Alyssa hosted a photography exhibition and auction in 2002, in Los Angeles raising money for Nkosi’s Haven, an organization that runs care centers in South Africa for AIDS-afflicted mothers and children. Alyssa was honored for her efforts with a humanitarian award from Sri Chinmoy: The Peace Meditation at the United Nations.
The Global Network for Neglected Tropical Disease Control (GNNTDC), an alliance of international partnerships based in Washington D.C. dedicated to treating, controlling and eliminating neglected tropical diseases (NTD) in the world’s poorest countries named Alyssa the organization’s founding ambassador.
The John Wayne Cancer Institute at Saint John’s Hospital and Health Center and the Associates of Breast & Prostate Cancer Studies presented Alyssa with the Spirit of Hollywood Award in 2004, which honors individuals from the entertainment industry for their personal dedication and commitment to making a positive difference in the lives of others.
Alyssa also has her own clothing and jewelry line, TOUCH by Alyssa Milano. An avid baseball fan, she was unhappy with the disappointing selection of fashionable options. She partnered with Major League Baseball to design and distribute a line of juniors’ ladies MLB apparel. The line’s success caught the eye of the NFL, NBA, NHL, NCAA, Major League Soccer, Minor League Baseball and The Kentucky Derby and enlisted Alyssa to make TOUCH available to their fans as well.
Her recently released book, Safe at Home: Confessions of a Baseball Fanatic, chronicles Alyssa’s passion for baseball and how her love for the game has helped shape who she is. In 2014, she released her first graphic novel, Hacktivist, which explores the modern world of hacking and global activism.