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: 01/19/1972 in Queens, New York, USA


Actor (39)

Shades of Blue 2015 - 2016 (TV Show)


Dark Places 2015 (Movie)

Krissi Cates (Actor)

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


Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 2015 (Tv Show)


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


Conan 2014 (Tv Show)


Free Ride 2014 (Movie)

Sandy (Actor)

Stalkers 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)


The Mindy Project 2013 (Tv Show)


Californication 2012 (Tv Show)


Free Ride 2012 (Movie)


CSI: Miami 2011 (Tv Show)


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


Running Wilde 2010 (Tv Show)


New York, I Love You 2009 (Movie)

Lydia (Actor)

Lake City 2008 (Movie)

Hope (Actor)

Once More with Feeling 2008 (Movie)


Broken English 2007 (Movie)

Audrey Andrews (Actor)

Farce of the Penguins 2006 (Movie)


Fashion Rocks 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)


Joey 2004 - 2006 (TV Show)


The Good Life 2006 (Movie)

Dana (Actor)

Assault on Precinct 13 2005 (Movie)

Iris Ferry (Actor)

Dirty Love 2005 (Movie)


Jimmy Kimmel Live 2004 - 2005 (Tv Show)


Walker Payne 2005 (Movie)


A Kid Rock Christmas 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)


Prey For Rock & Roll 2003 (Movie)

Tracy (Actor)

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


'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)


Meet Prince Charming 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)


Roberta 1999 (Movie)

Prostitute (Actor)

Feds 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)


The M Word 1996 (Movie)


Making of the Mob: New York (Tv Show)



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.


Shooter Jennings Performer

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

Waylon Jennings

Born April 8, 2011; father, Shooter Jennings

Alabama Rose

Born Nov. 28, 2007; father, Shooter Jennings

Michael Sportes

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

Albert de Matteo


Donna de Matteo



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



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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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.


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


"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


"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


"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


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


"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


"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