Drea de Matteo

Actress, Writer, Clothing designer
A cigarette-smoking, trash talking girl from Queens, Drea de Matteo looks the way her name sounds, hard hitting and full of Italian attitude. As a young girl, Drea (pronounced "Dray") often attended rehearsals with her ... Read more »
Born: 01/18/1972 in Queens, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (37)

Dark Places 2015 (Movie)

Krissi Cates (Actor)

Desperate Housewives 2009 - 2010, 2014 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

Making of the Mob: New York 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Interviewee

Sons of Anarchy 2008, 2011 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

Conan 2014 (Tv Show)

Guest

Free Ride 2014 (Movie)

Sandy (Actor)

Stalkers 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Actor

The Mindy Project 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Californication 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Free Ride 2012 (Movie)

(Actor)

CSI: Miami 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Running Wilde 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

New York, I Love You 2009 (Movie)

Lydia (Actor)

Lake City 2008 (Movie)

Hope (Actor)

Once More with Feeling 2008 (Movie)

(Actor)

Broken English 2007 (Movie)

Audrey Andrews (Actor)

Farce of the Penguins 2006 (Movie)

(Actor)

Fashion Rocks 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

Joey 2004 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

The Good Life 2006 (Movie)

Dana (Actor)

Assault on Precinct 13 2005 (Movie)

Iris Ferry (Actor)

Dirty Love 2005 (Movie)

(Actor)

Jimmy Kimmel Live 2004 - 2005 (Tv Show)

Guest

Walker Payne 2005 (Movie)

(Actor)

A Kid Rock Christmas 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Prey For Rock & Roll 2003 (Movie)

Tracy (Actor)

VH1 Big in 2002 Awards 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

'R Xmas 2002 (Movie)

The Wife (Actor)

Deuces Wild 2002 (Movie)

Betsy (Actor)

Swordfish 2001 (Movie)

Melissa (Actor)

The 2001 MTV Movie Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Meet Prince Charming 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Roberta 1999 (Movie)

Prostitute (Actor)

Feds 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

The M Word 1996 (Movie)

(Actor)

Biography

A cigarette-smoking, trash talking girl from Queens, Drea de Matteo looks the way her name sounds, hard hitting and full of Italian attitude. As a young girl, Drea (pronounced "Dray") often attended rehearsals with her playwright mother at New York City's prestigious HB Studio. But this early exposure to the world of theater served only to convince Drea that she did not want a career in acting. She kept this view through adolescence and applied to NYU's Tisch School of the Arts with the intention of becoming a director. Although Drea scored only a combined 800 on her SAT (she describes herself as "wasted out of her head" while taking them), a completed screenplay granted her admission to the elite film program. While at NYU, Drea took acting classes solely to gain perspective as a director. But she received overwhelmingly positive feedback in these classes and by the time she graduated, she had herself a manager.

Relationships

Shooter Jennings Performer

Companion
Had an on-again, off-again relationship since c. 2001 Announced engagement in June 2009

Waylon Jennings

Son
Born April 8, 2011; father, Shooter Jennings

Alabama Rose

Daughter
Born Nov. 28, 2007; father, Shooter Jennings

Michael Sportes

Companion
Born c. 1970 Co-owner of Filth Mart, Matteo's clothing store Dated in 1997 No longer together

Albert de Matteo

Father

Donna de Matteo

Mother

EDUCATION

Attended Catholic schools in New York City

New York University

New York , New York
Attended NYU's Tisch School of the Performing Arts; also studied acting and directing

Milestones

2009

Joined the cast of "Desperate Housewives" (ABC) playing the matriarch of a new Italian family for one season

2007

Co-starred with Parker Posey in Zoe Cassavetes' directorial debut, "Broken English"

2005

Starred with Ethan Hawke and Laurence Fishburne in "Assault on Precinct 13"

2004

Cast in the role of Joey Tribbiani's sister, Gina on the NBC "Friends" spinoff series, "Joey"

2002

Appeared in 1950's New York Gang movie "Deuces Wild" alongside Stephen Dorf and Johnny Knoxville

2001

Had small but memorable appearance as a club girl in "Made" (uncredited)

2001

Played the alcoholic ex-wife of Hugh Jackman in "Swordfish" starring John Travolta and Halle Berry

2001

Played a gangster's wife in the independent film "R Xmas"

1999

Cast as Adriana La Cerva, girlfriend of young mobster Christopher Molesanti on HBO series "The Sopranos"; solidified as a series regular in 2000; killed off in 2004; earned Golden Globe and SAG nominations in 2005

1999

Had a small role as restauranthostess in the pilot episode of "The Sopranos" (HBO)

1999

Opened Rock and Roll clothing store, Filthmart with boyfriend Michael Sportes in Manhattan's East Village

1998

Had guest appearance role on "Feds," a short-lived drama on CBS

1997

Had guest appearance role on "Swift Justice," a short-lived drama on UPN

1991

Accepted into the prestigious Tisch School of the Arts at New York University after writing a screenplay as part of her application

1980

Moved with family into Aretha Franklin's old apartment, next to the Guggenheim museum in New York City

Raised in Queens, New York City, NY

Bonus Trivia

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Drea has several tattoos including AC/DC on her stomach, a sacred heart on her wrist, a crucifix on her ankle and her mother and father's names on her right arm.

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She and director Bret Ratner were in the same Spanish class while both were film students at NYU.

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"I'm not one of these new young girls. I've been around the block ten thousand times. I'm an old, haggard bitch." - De Matteo to Premiere July 2001

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"To do 'The Sopranos,' I had to get the accent back, and once I started, I couldn't get out of it. My agent says, 'Quit talking like that! How am I supposed to get you work when you talk like that?' I tell her to leave me alone, I'm f***ing working. I'm Adriana." - De Matteo quoted in Esquire, April 2001

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"I don't understand why I'm so special and why everyone wants to take my picture. It's the whole sexpot thing, it's a little over-the-top for me." - De Matteo quoted in Papermag, June 2001

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Co-wrote a semi-autobiographical play with her mother called "The Heart Transplant."

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"If I had stayed in Queens, I'd have about six kids right now and I'd be stirring the sauce, sweating over the oven." - De Matteo on why she wouldn't live in Queens and date any Italian guys, to GQ September 2002

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"Goddamn! I love playing roles like that! If it's got accents and costumes and all that, I'm there. To play some straight-up girl, some Midwestern character with no point of view whose only goal is to get her guy back by the end of the movie, that would bore the shit out of me." - De Matteo quoted in Interview, September 2004

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