Drea de Matteo

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

    Early life

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


    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 was 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 played the role of Wendy Case in the FX original series Sons of Anarchy. The pilot episode aired September 3, 2008 and De Matteo continued making regular appearances into the series' sixth season. She was promoted to a series regular for the seventh and final season.

    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, the main character of the FOX comedy Running Wilde, appearing in Season 1, Episode 9. De Matteo co-starred as Krissi Cates in the film adaptation of Dark Places (2015), with Charlize Theron, Chloë Grace Moretz, and Nicholas Hoult.

    Personal life

    In 1997, de Matteo opened Filth Mart, an East Village clothing store with her then-boyfriend Michael Sportes. They closed the store in 2004.

    De Matteo started dating musician, Shooter Jennings, in 2001. They became engaged on June 11, 2009, when Jennings proposed onstage at the Stanley Center during a show in Utica, New York. They have two children together, daughter Alabama Gypsyrose Jennings (born November 2007) and son Waylon Albert "Blackjack" Jennings (born April 2011). Jennings and de Matteo eventually ended their relationship without marrying. In July 2015, de Matteo became engaged to Whitesnake bassist Michael Devin.

    De Matteo lost her apartment home of 22 years, as did dozens of other residents, when a gas explosion and raging fire destroyed three New York City buildings on March 26, 2015.



    Year Title Role Notes
    1996 'M' Word unknown
    1999 Meet Prince Charming Hilary Harris
    2000 Sleepwalk Henrieta
    2001 Made Club Girl uncredited
    Swordfish Melissa
    'R Xmas The Wife New York International Independent Film and Video Festival Award for Best Actress
    2002 Deuces Wild Betsy
    The Perfect You Dee as Drea DeMatteo
    2003 Prey for Rock & Roll Tracey
    Beacon Hill Cadet Ramsey
    2004 Love Rome Angela
    2005 Callas e Onassis unknown as Andrea de Matteo
    Assault on Precinct 13 Iris Ferry
    2006 Walker Payne Lou Ann
    Farce of the Penguins Ester Voice
    2007 The Good Life Dana as Drea De Matteo
    Broken English Audrey Andrews
    2008 Lake City Hope
    2009 New York, I Love You Lyndia
    Once More with Feeling Lana Gregorio
    2013 Free Ride Sandy
    2015 Dark Places Krissi Cates


    Year Title Role Notes
    1996 Swift Justice Laurie Tuco Episode: Stones
    1999–2006 The Sopranos Adriana La Cerva Episodes: 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)
    2002 VH1 Big in 2002 Awards Host TV
    2004 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 Main role: 46 episodes
    2005 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
    2007 Aperture Herself
    The 50 Greatest Television Dramas
    Al rojo vivo con María Celeste Episode: May 28, 2007
    Making 'Cleaver' Adriana La Cerva Television film
    2008–2014 Sons of Anarchy Wendy Case Recurring role: 22 episodes; Lead Role: 13 episodes
    2009–2010 Desperate Housewives Angie Bolen Main role: 20 episodes
    2010 Fakers Tanner's mother Television film
    2011 CSI:Miami Evelyn Season: 10, Episode: 7 "Sinner Takes All"
    Law and Order: Special Victims Unit Sandra Roberts Season: 12, Episode: 11 "Pop"
    2012 Californication Holly Season: 5, Episode: 7 "Here I Go Again"
    2013 The Mindy Project Kelsey Season: 1, Episode: 15 "Mindy's Minute"
    2015 Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Karla Faye Gideon Season: 2, Episode: 13 "One of Us"


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