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Alyssa Milano Named Her Son after Her Co-star Who She Had 'No Idea' Was Crushing on Her

Olawale Ogunjimi
Apr 26, 2022
06:00 P.M.
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"Pathology" star Alyssa Milano who was once Milo Ventimiglia's fiancèe onscreen and never knew about his crush on her. Yet, when she became a mother, the actress named her firstborn after him.


The beautiful 49-year-old celebrity Alyssa Milano has charmed many TV lovers with her impeccable acting. She knows how to bring any character to life and possesses the perfect sparkle.

Milano's most audacious role remains Phoebe Halliwell, the powerful witch and one of the three lead characters in "Charmed." She also lent her producing chops to the 1998 series, which ran for eight seasons.

Many other successful hits came two years later, including "Pathology." It was a film based on medical crimes involving medical students. 

During filming, Milano met Milo Ventimiglia, a newbie in the industry. However, they had no problem working together and eventually became close.


Years later, Ventimiglia, who starred as the actress's fiance in "Pathology," confessed that he had a crush on her since she acted in "Who's the Boss?" While speaking in an interview, he said:

"I think everybody had a crush on Alyssa Milano." 

Somehow, when he met his celebrity crush while filming, he acted composed, and in no time, they developed an inseparable bond which made things run smoothly onset and in reality.


Alyssa Milano at the Red Party 2004 Benefiting The Life Through Art Foundation in LA | Source: Getty Images


Milano has always been intentional. She puts effort into the way she looks and has creatively padded her resume over the years: both of which have earned her a place in the high echelons of the A-list celebrities in Hollywood.

But apart from all of these, she is a family-oriented woman who yearned to be a mother and have kids with the perfect man.

However, when she became pregnant in 1993, Milano aborted it—twice. It was not until more than a decade later that the actress was ready to begin a family.


Thankfully, when she met her prince charming, David Bugliari, a talent manager in LA and husband number two, he was as ready as she was. The pair married in 2009 and began plans to expand their family.

Unfortunately, things did not go as planned. She got pregnant after the first attempt but miscarried the baby. 38-year-old Milano was devastated; she could not comprehend her loss and blamed her past two abortions, believing it was karma.

Alyssa Milano and husband David Bugliari kiss at the conclusion of an NHL playoff game between the St. Louis Blues and the Los Angeles Kings at Staples Center on May 10, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. | Source: Getty Images


In 2019, the actress revealed her confidence in the past decision to abort. She did not blame it on anyone but herself. According to her:

"It was my choice. And it was absolutely the right choice for me." 


Alyssa Milano at the Women's March 4 Reproductive Rights in LA, 2021 | Source: Getty Images


Despite the credibility of her choices, when she lost her pregnancy, the "Who's the Boss?" star grieved the loss. Thankfully, Bugliari was right by her side, consoling her with his kind words.

The talent manager did not judge her; instead, he promised that they would try again, joking that they would have a "better baby" next time.

In her 2021 book "Sorry Not Sorry," Milano detailed how she felt even more confident and was determined to become a mother again. As promised by her husband, they tried again, and three months later, she became pregnant. 

Actress Alyssa Milano and son Milo Thomas Bugliari are seen on January 19, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. | Source: Getty Images


The actress confessed that managing a household with their busy schedule has never been easy, but they put in the effort. Because of their jobs, the couple sometimes stays apart. But rather than allow the distance to strain their marriage, they have found it a useful tool.

Ventimiglia knew that he shared an adorable bond with his co-star and the talent agent.

Alyssa Milano attends the Showtime Emmy Eve Nominees Celebration at Chateau Marmont on September 16, 2018 in Los Angeles, California | Source: Getty Images


When they are not together, the duo engage with each other more, including having long phone conversations and scheduled dinner dates, which works magic, as it feels like "dating again." According to details shared in her new book:

"I mean, there are benefits to it — there's something to the adage that absence makes the heart grow fonder, and the distance forced us to communicate more and be creative in that communication."


Alyssa Milano accepts the Eason Monroe Courageous Advocate Award at the ACLU's Annual Bill of Rights Dinner at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel on November 11, 2018 in Beverely Hills, California | Source: Getty Images


Milano was and is still a great friend to her "Pathology" fiance, Ventimiglia, and she has honored him with such a sweet gesture. Once the "Charmed" star welcomed her first child, a son, she named him Milo, after her buddy and former co-star. 

This was because Ventimiglia encouraged her to date her current husband, who worked for Milano's agency. Bugliari was first friends with the "Pathology" actor, but shortly after meeting Milano, they became close and eventually married.

Actor Milo Ventimiglia on set of "Four Fathers" as Jack, Kaz Womack as Kevin, Isabella Rose Landau as Kate, CaRon Jaden Coleman as Randall, Mandy Moore as Rebecca. | Source: Getty Images


According to the "Who's the Boss" star, her co-star supported her in finding love, and the best gift to him was to name her son, whom she thought looked like a "Milo" after him.

When asked if she sensed that her onscreen fiance had a crush on her, she admitted to being oblivious, adding that he had peculiar qualities. Milano said: "I had no idea. Milo Ventimiglia is such a good, smart dude." She however added:

"He just looked like a Milo to me."


Ventimiglia knew that he shared an adorable bond with his co-star and the talent agent, but he did not expect to share the same name with their firstborn.

In an honest interview with Steve Harvie, the actor shared his views on the issue. Ventimiglia explained that Milano became his close pal following their appearance on "Pathology," which was when she also met Bugliari.


He would introduce his two friends and never understood why they were often excited to see each other. But one day, while discussing a future scene in their feature, Milano confessed her feelings for the talent agent.

Ventimiglia maintained that he edged her on, and within a blink, they became engaged, married, and were expecting their first kid.


Again, the actress dropped an unexpected announcement when he visited the pair. She informed him of her decision to name their first son after him, and according to Ventimiglia, it was because he was the first person she shared her feelings with.

To date, the trio remains close friends. Ventimiglia also has a connection with his namesake. On the other hand, Milano is a great mother to two kids, her son, Milo, and daughter Elizabeth, and she is in a solid marriage with her husband of more than ten years.