Drea de Matteo
|Drea de Matteo|
Drea de Matteo, January 2005
|Born||Andrea Donna de Matteo
January 19, 1972
Queens, New York, U.S.
|Spouse(s)||Shooter Jennings (engaged; 2 children)|
Drea de Matteo (pron.: / /) (born January 19, 1972) is an American television actress, perhaps best 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, a role for which she won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series.
Personal life 
De Matteo, an Italian American, was born Andrea Donna de Matteo in Queens, New York, the daughter of Donna, a playwright and playwriting teacher, and Albert De Matteo, a furniture manufacturer. She grew up in a Roman Catholic family. She lives in New York City, where she owned Filth Mart, an East Village clothing store, with best friend and ex-boyfriend Michael Sportes. She is engaged to Shooter Jennings, the son of country music singer Waylon Jennings. The couple had their first child together, a girl named Alabama Gypsy Rose, on November 28, 2007. Jennings proposed onstage at the Stanley Center during a show in Utica, New York, on June 11, 2009, and confirmed the news on Twitter. "Asked Drea to marry me on stage tonight. I'm a lucky man," he Tweeted, "I'll never forget Utica, NY." On December 8, 2010, de Matteo's second pregnancy was announced. Their son, Waylon Albert "Blackjack" Jennings was born in April 2011.
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."
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.
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.
De Matteo played Angie Bolen, the mother of the Bolen family, on season 6 of the ABC show Desperate Housewives. She officially left Desperate Housewives at the season 6 finale in 2010 due to personal reasons.
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.
|1996||Swift Justice||Laurie Tuco||Episode: Stones|
|1999||Meet Prince Charming||Hilary Harris|
|1999–2006||The Sopranos||Adriana La Cerva||Episodes: 56 (January 10, 1999 – May 21, 2006)
Gracie Allen Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series (2004)
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series (2004)
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)
|'R Xmas||The Wife||New York International Independent Film and Video Festival Award for Best Actress|
|The Perfect You||Dee||as Drea DeMatteo|
|VH1 Big in 2002 Awards||Host||TV|
|2003||Prey for Rock & Roll||Tracey|
|Beacon Hill||Cadet Ramsey|
|The Ellen DeGeneres Show||Herself||Episode: October 24, 2004|
|Hollywood Trash & Tinsel|
|The Tonight Show with Jay Leno||Episode: September 21, 2004|
|The 56th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards||V;Winner: Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series|
|Rocked with Gina Gershon||Episode: April 14, 2004|
|2004–2006||Joey||Gina Tribbiani||Joey's Sister: Episodes:46 (September 9, 2004 – March 7, 2006)|
|2005||Callas e Onassis||unknown||as Andrea de Matteo|
|Assault on Precinct 13||Iris Ferry|
|The CMT Music Awards||Herself|
|The Tony Danza Show||Episode: February 10, 2005|
|The View||Episode: February 23, 2005|
|Last Call with Carson Daly||Episode: March 21, 2005|
|Live with Regis and Kelly||Episode: January 27, 2005|
|Jimmy Kimmel Live!||Episode: January 19, 2005|
|The 62nd Annual Golden Globe Awards||TV;Nominee: Best Supporting Actress in a Television Series, Mini-Series or Made for TV Movie|
|HBO First Look||Assault on Precinct 13: Caught in the Crosshairs|
|The 31st Annual People's Choice Awards||Winner|
|Farce of the Penguins||Ester||Voice|
|2007||The Good Life||Dana||as Drea De Matteo|
|Broken English||Audrey Andrews|
|The 50 Greatest Television Dramas|
|Al rojo vivo con María Celeste||Episode: May 28, 2007|
|Making 'Cleaver'||Adriana La Cerva||TV|
|2008-2012||Sons of Anarchy||Wendy Case||Season 1 Episodes: 6 (September 3 – November 19, 2008) - Season 4 Episodes: 2 (November 15–22, 2011) - Season 5 (2012)|
|2009||New York, I Love You||Lyndia|
|Once More with Feeling||Lana Gregorio|
|2009–2010||Desperate Housewives||Angie Bolen||Season 6 (20 Episodes)|
|2011||CSI:Miami||Evelyn||Season: 10, Episode: 7 "Sinner Takes All"|
|Law and Order: Special Victims Unit||Sandra Roberts||Season: 12, Episode: 259 "Pop"|
|2012||Californication||Holly (Stripper)||Season: 5, Episode: 7 "Here I Go Again"|
|2013||The Mindy Project||Kelsey (Pregnant Woman)||Season: 1, Episode: 15 "Mindy's Minute"|
- Drea de Matteo at The Internet Movie Database
- "Drea de Matteo Interview – Joey, The Sopranos, and Directing". Movies.about.com. 2010-06-17. Retrieved 2010-10-18.
- 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."
- "Drea De Matteo Biography". Filmreference.com. 1973-01-19. Retrieved 2010-10-18.
- "Drea de Matteo". AskMen.com. Retrieved 2010-06-24.
- "In Step With: Drea de Matteo". Parade Magazine. September 5, 2004.
- 01:05 PM ET (2011-01-26). "Drea de Matteo, Shooter Jennings Welcome Son Waylon Albert – Moms & Babies – Moms & Babies - People.com". Celebritybabies.people.com. Retrieved 2012-01-02.
- Cinema Gotham and DVDTalk.com (2002-07-18). "Cinema Gotham". Dvdtalk.com. Retrieved 2010-10-18.
- "Desperate Housewives" Recruits "Sopranos" Vet Drea de Matteo, Entertainment Weekly, June 29, 2009
- "Desperate Housewives" Casts Drea de Matteo as New Vixen, E! Online, June 29, 2009
- Drea de Matteo Joins "Desperate Housewives", Los Angeles Times, June 29, 2009
- "Desperate Housewives" Welcomes the Bolens, TV Guide Magazine, August 5, 2009
- "Desperate Housewives" Exclusive: Drea de Matteo to Make "Explosive" Exit in May, Entertainment Weekly, March 4, 2010
- Drea de Matteo Exits "Desperate Housewives", Digital Spy, March 4, 2010