In an interview with W Magazine, the 39-year-old actor revealed Who’s The Boss–era Milano as his childhood dream girl. “When I was a kid it was totally Alyssa Milano,” Ventimiglia told the magazine. “I think everybody had a crush on Alyssa Milano.”
Milano, 44 — who costarred with Ventimiglia in the 2008 horror film Pathology as his fiancée — remained oblivious to this infatuation, even after becoming close enough friends to name her first child after him.
“I had no idea,” Milano tells PEOPLE. “Milo Ventimiglia is such a good, smart dude.”
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Ventimiglia became the namesake for Milano’s son after he encouraged her to date her now-husband David Bugliari, whom she has two children with: 5½-year-old son Milo Thomas and daughter Elizabella Dylan, 2½. Bugliari worked for the agency representing Milano, which made her question whether she should pursue a relationship.
“I used to confide in Milo Ventimiglia and say, ‘Is that weird if I date an agent that’s at my agency?’ and he was very, like, ‘No, if you’re compatible, you should go for it,’ ” Milano says.
“So I feel like he was responsible for my husband and [me] getting together,” she continues.
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Adds Milano of the moniker, “I loved that name, but when Milo was born, he just looked like a Milo to me and I thought it would be a lovely homage to Milo Ventimiglia for encouraging me to find my love.”
As close as she may be to Ventimiglia, Milano — who will appear in Netflix’s Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later in August — refuses to watch him in his hit drama This Is Us for one simple (and relatable) reason.
“It makes me cry and I cry from other things too much nowadays, so I can’t watch that show,” she admits.