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Drea de Matteo

Drea de Matteo, January 2005
Born Andrea Donna de Matteo
January 19, 1972 (1972-01-19) (age 38)
Queens, New York, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 1996–present
Spouse(s) Shooter Jennings (engaged; 1 child)

Drea de Matteo (born January 19, 1972) is an American actress, best known for her roles as Adriana La Cerva on the HBO TV series The Sopranos, Wendy Case on the FX drama Sons of Anarchy, and as Joey Tribbiani's sister Gina on the NBC sitcom Joey. She currently portrays Angie Bolen on the ABC show Desperate Housewives.[1]

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Personal life

De Matteo, an Italian American(both side of her family come from Naples),[2] 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.[3][4] She grew up in a Catholic family.[5] She lives in New York City, where she owned Filth Mart, an East Village clothing store, with best friend and ex-boyfriend Michael Sportes.[citation needed] She is engaged to Shooter Jennings, the son of late country legend 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."

Career

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 2005 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.[6]

In 2004, de Matteo won an Emmy for Best Supporting Actress (Drama) for her role as Adriana on The Sopranos. She was nominated for a Golden Globe that 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.

Drea de Matteo is playing the role of Wendy Case in FX original series Sons of Anarchy. The pilot episode aired September 3, 2008.

Drea de Matteo is playing the mother of the Bolen family, Angie Bolen, on season 6 of the ABC show Desperate Housewives.[7][8][9][10]

Drea de Matteo is officially leaving Desperate Housewives.[11]

Filmography

Year Film Role Notes
2009–2010[12] Desperate Housewives Angie Bolen Season 6
2009 New York, I Love You Lyndia
2009 Once More with Feeling Lana Gregorio
2008 Sons of Anarchy Wendy Case Episodes: 5 (September 3-November 19, 2008)
2008 Lake City Hope
2007 The Good Life Dana as Drea De Matteo
2007 Broken English Audrey Andrews
2007 Aperture Herself
2007 The 50 Greatest Television Dramas
2007 Al rojo vivo con María Celeste Episode: May 28, 2007
2007 Making 'Cleaver' Adriana La Cerva TV
2006 Walker Payne unknown
2006 Farce of the Penguins Ester Voice
2005 Callas e Onassis unknown as Andrea de Matteo
2005 Assault on Precinct 13 Iris Ferry
2005 The CMT Music Awards Herself
2005 The Tony Danza Show Episode: February 10, 2005
2005 The View Episode: February 23, 2005
2005 Last Call with Carson Daly Episode: March 21, 2005
2005 Live with Regis and Kathie Lee Episode: January 27, 2005
2005 Jimmy Kimmel Live! Episode: January 19, 2005
2005 The 62nd Annual Golden Globe Awards TV;Nominee: Best Supporting Actress in a Television Series, Mini-Series or Made for TV Movie
2005 HBO First Look Assault on Precinct 13: Caught in the Crosshairs
2005 The 31st Annual People's Choice Awards Winner
2004–2006 Joey Gina Tribbiani Episodes:46 (September 9, 2004 – March 7, 2006)
2004 Love Rome Angela
2004 The Ellen DeGeneres Show Herself Episode: October 24, 2004
2004 Hollywood Trash & Tinsel
2004 The Tonight Show with Jay Leno Episode: September 21, 2004
2004 The 56th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards V;Winner: Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
2004 Rocked with Gina Gershon Episode: April 14, 2004
2003 Prey for Rock & Roll Tracey
2003 Beacon Hill Cadet Ramsey
2002 Deuces Wild Betsy
2002 The Perfect You Dee as Drea DeMatteo
2002 VH1 Big in 2002 Awards Host TV
2001 Made Club Girl uncredited
2001 Swordfish Melissa
2001 'R Xmas The Wife
2000 Sleepwalk Henrieta
1999–2006 The Sopranos Adriana La Cerva Episodes: 56 (January 10, 1999 – May 21, 2006)
1999 Meet Prince Charming Hilary Harris
1996 Swift Justice Laurie Tuco Episode: Stones
1996 'M' Word unknown

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Drea de Matteo
File:Drea de Matteo
Drea de Matteo, January 2005
Born Andrea Donna de Matteo
January 19, 1972 (1972-01-19) (age 39)
Queens, New York, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 1996–present
Spouse Shooter Jennings (engaged; 1 child)

Drea de Matteo (born January 19, 1972) is an Emmy Award-winning American actress, best known for her roles as Adriana La Cerva on the HBO TV series The Sopranos, Joey Tribbiani's sister Gina on the NBC sitcom Joey and as Angie Bolen on the ABC show Desperate Housewives.[1]

Contents

Personal life

De Matteo, an Italian American,[2][3] 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.[4][5] She grew up in a Catholic family.[3][6] She came out as bisexual in 2005. She lives in New York City, where she owned Filth Mart, an East Village clothing store,[7] with best friend and ex-boyfriend Michael Sportes.[citation needed] She is engaged to Shooter Jennings, the son of late country legend 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."

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."

Career

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.[8]

In 2004, de Matteo won an Emmy for Best Supporting Actress (Drama) for her role as Adriana on The Sopranos (series 5) and also nominated for a Golden Globe the same year for the same role. De Matteo was killed off in the same series during the episode "long term parking" where she was shot by Silvio Dante following the revelation that she was passing information to the F.B.I. 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.

Drea de Matteo is playing the role of Wendy Case in FX original series Sons of Anarchy. The pilot episode aired September 3, 2008.

Drea de Matteo played the mother of the Bolen family, Angie Bolen, on season 6 of the ABC show Desperate Housewives.[9][10][11][12] She is officially leaving Desperate Housewives as of 2010 for personal reasons.[13]

Filmography

Year Film Role Notes
2010 Fakers Tanner's mother TV
2009–2010[14] Desperate Housewives Angie Bolen Season 6
2009 New York, I Love You Lyndia
Once More with Feeling Lana Gregorio
2008 Sons of Anarchy Wendy Case Episodes: 5 (September 3-November 19, 2008)
Lake City Hope
2007 The Good Life Dana as Drea De Matteo
Broken English Audrey Andrews
Aperture Herself
The 50 Greatest Television Dramas
Al rojo vivo con María Celeste Episode: May 28, 2007
Making 'Cleaver' Adriana La Cerva TV
2006 Walker Payne unknown
Farce of the Penguins Ester Voice
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
2004–2006 Joey Gina Tribbiani Joey's Sister: Episodes:46 (September 9, 2004 – March 7, 2006)
2004 Love Rome Angela
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
2003 Prey for Rock & Roll Tracey
Beacon Hill Cadet Ramsey
2002 Deuces Wild Betsy
The Perfect You Dee as Drea DeMatteo
VH1 Big in 2002 Awards Host TV
2001 Made Club Girl uncredited
Swordfish Melissa
'R Xmas The Wife
2000 Sleepwalk Henrieta
1999–2006 The Sopranos Adriana La Cerva Episodes: 56 (January 10, 1999 – May 21, 2006)
1999 Meet Prince Charming Hilary Harris
1996 Swift Justice Laurie Tuco Episode: Stones
'M' Word unknown

References

External links








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