Drea de Matteo

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Drea de Matteo
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Drea de Matteo, January 2005
BornAndrea Donna de Matteo
(1972-01-19) January 19, 1972 (age 42)
Queens, New York, U.S.
Years active1996–present
Partner(s)Shooter Jennings (2001–2013)
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Drea de Matteo
Drea de Matteo 2.jpg
Drea de Matteo, January 2005
BornAndrea Donna de Matteo
(1972-01-19) January 19, 1972 (age 42)
Queens, New York, U.S.
Years active1996–present
Partner(s)Shooter Jennings (2001–2013)

Drea de Matteo (/dr də məˈt/; born January 19, 1972) is an American television actress, known for her roles as Angie Bolen on ABC's Desperate Housewives, Joey Tribbiani's sister Gina on the NBC sitcom Joey, and as Adriana La Cerva on the acclaimed HBO TV series The Sopranos,[1] a role for which she won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series.

Early life[edit]

De Matteo, an Italian American,[2][3] was born Andrea Donna de Matteo in Queens, New York. Her mother, Donna, is a playwright and playwriting teacher, and her father, Albert A. De Matteo, was a furniture manufacturer who was owner and CEO of Avery Boardman and Carlyle.[4][5] She grew up in a Roman Catholic family.[3][6]


After graduating from the Loyola School, she studied at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, originally hoping to become a director, not an actress. De Matteo's role in The Sopranos was one of her earliest, helping to launch her career. She has appeared in several films including Swordfish, Deuces Wild, The Perfect You, Prey for Rock & Roll and the 2005 remake of John Carpenter's 1976 action film Assault on Precinct 13. She had the starring role in Abel Ferrara's R Xmas for which she received some very positive reviews.[7]

In 2004, de Matteo won an Emmy for Best Supporting Actress (Drama) for her role as Adriana on The Sopranos (season 5) and also nominated for a Golden Globe the same year for the same role. She was ranked #42 and #56 on the Maxim Hot 100 Women of 2001 and 2002, respectively.

From 2004 to 2006, de Matteo portrayed Joey Tribbiani's sister Gina in the Friends spin-off Joey. The show was cancelled after two seasons.

De Matteo plays the role of Wendy Case in the FX original series Sons of Anarchy. The pilot episode aired September 3, 2008 and De Matto continues to make regular appearances into the series' 6th season. She has been promoted to a series regular for the seventh and finale season of Sons of Anarchy.

De Matteo played Angie Bolen, the mother of the Bolen family, on season 6 of the ABC show Desperate Housewives.[8][9][10][11] She officially left Desperate Housewives at the season 6 finale in 2010 due to personal reasons.[12]

De Matteo played the stepmother of Steve Wilde, who is the main character of the FOX comedy, Running Wilde. She appeared in the 9th episode of Season 1 of the show.

Personal life[edit]

De Matteo began dating singer/songwriter Shooter Jennings in 2001.[13] They became engaged on June 11, 2009, when Jennings proposed onstage at the Stanley Center during a show in Utica, New York.[14] They have two children together, daughter Alabama Gypsyrose Jennings (born November 2007)[13] and son Waylon Albert "Blackjack" Jennings (born April 2011).[15] Jennings and de Matteo eventually ended their relationship in or before 2013 without marrying.[16]

De Matteo lives in New York City, where she owned Filth Mart, an East Village clothing store,[17] with best friend and ex-boyfriend Michael Sportes.[citation needed]

She is good friends with Desperate Housewives co-star John Barrowman who played her ex-lover and eco-terrorist partner Patrick Logan. She told him that he was her long lost brother and joked that she'd love to be a surrogate for his children. Barrowman mentions her in his autobiography, saying:

"Drea was brilliant to work with. When we first met, we hit it off immediately. She said something smart-ass tinged with a few expletives, I replied with something equally funny and we were off."



1996'M' Wordunknown
1999Meet Prince CharmingHilary Harris
2001MadeClub Girluncredited
'R XmasThe WifeNew York International Independent Film and Video Festival Award for Best Actress
2002Deuces WildBetsy
The Perfect YouDeeas Drea DeMatteo
2003Prey for Rock & RollTracey
Beacon HillCadet Ramsey
2004Love RomeAngela
2005Callas e Onassisunknownas Andrea de Matteo
Assault on Precinct 13Iris Ferry
2006Walker PayneLou Ann
Farce of the PenguinsEsterVoice
2007The Good LifeDanaas Drea De Matteo
Broken EnglishAudrey Andrews
2008Lake CityHope
2009New York, I Love YouLyndia
Once More with FeelingLana Gregorio
2013Free RideSandy
2014Dark PlacesKrissi Cates


1996Swift JusticeLaurie TucoEpisode: Stones
1999–2006The SopranosAdriana La CervaEpisodes: 56 (January 10, 1999 – May 21, 2006)
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series (2004)
Gracie Allen Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series (2004)
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series (1999)
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film (2004)
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series (2004)
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series (2000-2004)
2002VH1 Big in 2002 AwardsHostTV
2004The Ellen DeGeneres ShowHerselfEpisode: October 24, 2004
Hollywood Trash & Tinsel
The Tonight Show with Jay LenoEpisode: September 21, 2004
The 56th Annual Primetime Emmy AwardsV;Winner: Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
Rocked with Gina GershonEpisode: April 14, 2004
2004–2006JoeyGina TribbianiMain role: 46 episodes
2005The CMT Music AwardsHerself
The Tony Danza ShowEpisode: February 10, 2005
The ViewEpisode: February 23, 2005
Last Call with Carson DalyEpisode: March 21, 2005
Live with Regis and KellyEpisode: January 27, 2005
Jimmy Kimmel Live!Episode: January 19, 2005
The 62nd Annual Golden Globe AwardsTV;Nominee: Best Supporting Actress in a Television Series, Mini-Series or Made for TV Movie
HBO First LookAssault on Precinct 13: Caught in the Crosshairs
The 31st Annual People's Choice AwardsWinner
The 50 Greatest Television Dramas
Al rojo vivo con María CelesteEpisode: May 28, 2007
Making 'Cleaver'Adriana La CervaTelevision film
2008-PresentSons of AnarchyWendy CaseRecurring role: 21 episodes Lead Role: Season 7
2009–2010[18]Desperate HousewivesAngie BolenMain role: 20 episodes
2010FakersTanner's motherTelevision film
2011CSI:MiamiEvelynSeason: 10, Episode: 7 "Sinner Takes All"
Law and Order: Special Victims UnitSandra RobertsSeason: 12, Episode: 259 "Pop"
2012CalifornicationHolly (Stripper)Season: 5, Episode: 7 "Here I Go Again"
2013The Mindy ProjectKelsey (Pregnant Woman)Season: 1, Episode: 15 "Mindy's Minute"


  1. ^ Drea de Matteo at The Internet Movie Database
  2. ^ "Drea de Matteo Interview – Joey, The Sopranos, and Directing". Movies.about.com. 2010-06-17. Retrieved 2010-10-18. 
  3. ^ a b Jacobs, Marc (2001-06-01). "The Soprano Sings: Drea de Matteo". Paper (magazine). Retrieved 2010-06-24. "Andrea Donna de Matteo was born in Queens, Italian and Catholic." 
  4. ^ "Drea De Matteo Biography". Filmreference.com. 1973-01-19. Retrieved 2010-10-18. 
  5. ^ http://godesigngo.com/where-in-the-ddb/avery-boardman-founder-albert-de-matteo-dies-at-81/
  6. ^ "Drea de Matteo". AskMen.com. Retrieved 2010-06-24. 
  7. ^ Cinema Gotham and DVDTalk.com (2002-07-18). "Cinema Gotham". Dvdtalk.com. Retrieved 2010-10-18. 
  8. ^ "Desperate Housewives" Recruits "Sopranos" Vet Drea de Matteo, Entertainment Weekly, June 29, 2009
  9. ^ "Desperate Housewives" Casts Drea de Matteo as New Vixen, E! Online, June 29, 2009
  10. ^ Drea de Matteo Joins "Desperate Housewives", Los Angeles Times, June 29, 2009
  11. ^ "Desperate Housewives" Welcomes the Bolens, TV Guide Magazine, August 5, 2009
  12. ^ "Desperate Housewives" Exclusive: Drea de Matteo to Make "Explosive" Exit in May, Entertainment Weekly, March 4, 2010
  13. ^ a b Nudd, Tim (November 29, 2007). "Drea de Matteo Has a Baby Girl". People. Retrieved November 4, 2013. 
  14. ^ Orloff, Brian (June 12, 2009). "Shooter Jennings & Drea de Matteo Get Engaged – On Stage". People. Retrieved November 4, 2013. 
  15. ^ Michaud, Sarah (April 8, 2011). "Drea de Matteo, Shooter Jennings Welcome Son Waylon Albert". People. Retrieved November 4, 2013. 
  16. ^ Sanz, Cynthia (July 2, 2013). "Shooter Jennings & Misty Brooke Swain Marry in the Desert". People. Retrieved November 4, 2013. 
  17. ^ "In Step With: Drea de Matteo". Parade Magazine. September 5, 2004. 
  18. ^ Drea de Matteo Exits "Desperate Housewives", Digital Spy, March 4, 2010

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