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Friday, February 5, 2016

Meet Alyssa Milano Tomorrow at Macy’s

Posted By on Fri, Feb 5, 2016 at 11:00 AM

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While most widely known as a character whose name is best rendered as “Suh-MAN-thuh” and spoken in Tony Danza’s heavy Brooklynese accent, Alyssa Milano has starred on Charmed, Melrose Place, and made dozens of films. (She played a teenage sex worker in the movie that launched Will Smith’s career, too.)

A politically engaged, proudly feminist philanthropist who’s #feelingthebern, and the head of a women’s sports apparel line called Touch that’s the only company to be licensed by nearly every major sports league, Milano will be at Macy’s tomorrow, Saturday, Feb. 6 from 2-3 p.m., for autograph signings and to promote Touch’s Cold Weather Accessories Collection. (When asked if the hats and scarves were unisex, she replied, “It’s women’s, but my best friend is a guy and he’s wearing it now. But you know how licensing works: It’s all very specific to categories, so Touch is just female fan apparel.”)

Milano sure knows how licensing works. After seven years, Touch has negotiated deals with the NFL, the NHL, the NBA, the MLB, college sports, MLS, and even NASCAR. In interviews, she’s referred to a woman’s body as “the perfect machine” — and now she’s clothing it. And while touch is mostly casual, it’s not as if Milano resists the idea of a little glamour every now and again. She once wore a dress made from vegetables for a PETA event.

“It was basically vegetables glued to my body. They put it on me and I had to shimmy to the mark on set and basically not move — or else I’d lose some asparagus.”

Since the Touch event is timed with one of the biggest sports in San Francisco history, I asked if she’s rooting for the Panthers or the Broncos.

“I’m rooting for Peyton,” Milano said. “This is going to be his last year.”

But she’s really rooting for Kathryn Smith of the Buffalo Bills, the first woman named as a full-time coach in NFL history.

“It’s such a great thing, and having a daughter that’s able to grow up in this world where there really are no boundaries is pretty awesome.”

And considering that San Francisco’s most beloved ’80s sitcom gave into the pressure of nostalgia and is set to come back after a 21-year absence, is there any chance that Who’s the Boss? might follow in Full House’s footsteps?

“We all do keep in touch, and I don’t think any of us are against it — but it would have to be a super-special project for us to come back together and continue on what we had achieved back then. Because I think we all feel it was a special time.”

Alyssa Milano, Saturday, Feb. 6, 2-3 p.m., in the Locker Room by LIDS Shop, Fourth Floor, Macy’s Union Square.

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Peter Lawrence Kane

Peter Lawrence Kane is SF Weekly's Arts Editor. He has lived in San Francisco since 2008 and is two-thirds the way toward his goal of visiting all 59 national parks.

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