The 'Mistresses' actress recounts her experience of growing up as a child star, comparing her 1980s era to nowadays where many young stars have it much harder.
Alyssa Milano sizzles as she flaunts her age-defying beauty on the front page of Maxim. The 40-year-old mother of one who's happily married to CAA agent David Bugliari ditches her bra as she poses in an unbuttoned flannel shirt and shows off her tone legs in white lace boy shorts.
The former child actress, who made her debut on the big and small screens in the 1980s, opens up what it was like to grow up in front of the camera. "It wasn't weird, because I didn't know any different," she explains in an interview with the magazine for her cover story.
"I went through puberty like everyone else; 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 says. "But what an awesome time stamp!"
The former "Charmed" actress realizes that she's one of the lucky former child stars as many other stars attain fame earlier in life have it much harder. Comparing now and then, she says, "That was an era when TV child actors just didn't work after their show was over," adding that she has "a great family."
"I look at a lot of those kids who struggle in the industry and think they'd have struggled no matter what they did," she adds. "I think Christina Applegate and I are the only two who maintained some sort of career path past the shows that launched us."
The ex-"Melrose Place" star now has a new TV show "Mistresses", based on a British series of the same name. "Honestly, after the first few episodes, the title is kind of irrelevant," she says. "In the first episode, my character cheats on her husband but the rest of the season is about her dealing with the fallout."