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Alyssa Milano: Talent helps child stars stay on track

By Cover Media
updated 9:19 PM EDT, Mon June 24, 2013
Eight years ago, Jaden Smith was a baby-faced child star appearing with his dad, Will, in 2006's "The Pursuit of Happyness." Although he once again starred with his father in 2013's "After Earth," teenaged Jaden isn't a kid anymore. Eight years ago, Jaden Smith was a baby-faced child star appearing with his dad, Will, in 2006's "The Pursuit of Happyness." Although he once again starred with his father in 2013's "After Earth," teenaged Jaden isn't a kid anymore.
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All grown up: Child star transformations
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All grown up: Child star transformations
All grown up: Child star transformations
All grown up: Child star transformations
All grown up: Child star transformations
All grown up: Child star transformations
All grown up: Child star transformations
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STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Alyssa Milano tells Maxim magazine that not all child stars are headed for trouble
  • She attributes talent to helping her grow up in the industry
  • She points to Christina Applegate as another actress who's maintained her path

(Cover Media) -- Alyssa Milano doesn't think every child actor is bound to get in trouble with the law.

The 40-year-old actress appeared on screens as a preteen in the 1980s sitcom "Who's The Boss," and thinks her genuine gift of being an actress has kept her from going off the rails.

"I hope it's talent," she told Maxim magazine. "That was an era when TV child actors just didn't work after their show was over."

The "Mistresses" star believes that only certain people have been able to hold on to regular jobs while maintaining their wholesome image.

She counts "Married With Children's" Christina Applegate, 41, as another actress who has done well out of starting work early in life.

"I think Christina Applegate and I are the only two who maintained some sort of career path past the shows that launched us," she confessed.

Milano welcomed her first child with her CAA agent husband David Bugliari in 2011.

She thinks that troubled stars like Lindsay Lohan and Amanda Bynes didn't have much chance of have a healthy career and personal life to begin with.

"I have a great family, and I look at a lot of these kids who struggle in the industry and think they'd have struggled no matter what they did," she admitted.

Courtesy of Cover Media

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