Charmed beauty Alyssa Milano refuses to subscribe to one-night stands when she isn't in a relationship, because she prefers to pleasure herself.

The 31-year-old actress, who once dated Justin Timberlake, finds intercourse more pleasurable when she knows her lover well, but makes up for being single by taking herself out on 'dates', her code word for masturbation.

She says, "I'm not a prude, but it's important to me to have a connection with someone before I sleep with them.

"That's not only because that's where I'm at in my life, but also because the sex is better that way.

"I take myself out on 'dates' which is what I call masturbation. So I'll do the whole dinner thing for myself, draw myself a bath..."

26/11/2004 09:27