By Adam Zientarski
Alyssa Milano is still taking the world by storm at the age of 40.
Mistresses, Milano’s new television show, will be premiering on ABC on Monday, June 3rd. The show follows four girlfriends on their road to self-discovery.
When she is not actively promoting her new television projects, Milano donates and raises money for a variety of charitable causes. In 2007, Milano pledged $250,000 to the Global Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases and became the charities first spokesperson. Milano’s donation is responsible for creating the plan to eliminate lymphatic filariasis in Myanmar. Lymphatic filariasis, commonly known as elephantiasis, is contracted during childhood and leaves the victims severely disfigured later in life.
“I had not heard of [Neglected Tropical Diseases] either. And that was shocking to me. How was it possible that diseases that make life miserable for one out of every six people on earth had gone virtually unnoticed?” Milano expressed in 2007 article she wrote for the Huffington Post.
Her other philanthropic works include being spokesperson for UNICEF. However, Milano is not limited to being a spokesperson and has served alongside UNICEF field officers on numerous occasions. In 2008, Milano appeared in her iconic ad campaign for PETA, where she had a photo shoot in a dress made entirely of vegetables. The ad was to encourage readers to try vegetarianism for one month.
“We’ve seen the pictures and watched the videos with horror and dismay. To watch that kind of human suffering on television is one thing, but to truly grasp that kind of pain is something else entirely. It is unfathomable. Even the most active imagination can’t totally comprehend the big picture,” Milano said regarding the earthquake in Haiti in 2010.
Milano grew up in the spotlight as a child star playing Annie on Broadway and appeared in various television commercials. Throughout her acting career, Milano reinvented her style to win new roles on television shows and movies that targeted a more mature audience such as Melrose Place and Charmed.
Visit Alyssa’s website here: http://alyssa.com or follow her on Twitter @Alyssa_Milano
You can find more information on ABC’s Mistresses here: http://beta.abc.go.com/shows/mistresses