Drea de Matteo

Drea de Matteo

de Matteo in January 2005
Born Andrea Donna de Matteo
(1972-01-19) January 19, 1972
Queens, New York, United States
Nationality American
Other names Drea De Matteo
Drea DeMatteo
Andrea de Matteo
Education Loyola School
Alma mater Tisch School of the Arts
Occupation Actress
Years active 1996–present
Partner(s) Shooter Jennings (2001-?)
Michael Devin (?-Present)
Children 2
Awards Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series (The Sopranos, 2004)

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, Wendy Case on FX series Sons of Anarchy, 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. She currently stars as Det. Tess Nazario in NBC's Shades of Blue.

Early life

De Matteo, of Italian descent ,[1][2] 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.[3][4] She grew up in a Roman Catholic family.[2][5]


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.[6]

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.[7][8][9][10] She officially left Desperate Housewives at the season 6 finale in 2010, due to personal reasons.[11]

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.[12] In 2015, she was cast as Det. Tess Nazario in the NBC drama series Shades of Blue, starring alongside Jennifer Lopez and Ray Liotta. It premiered on January 7, 2016.

Personal life

In 1997, de Matteo opened Filth Mart, an East Village clothing store with her then-boyfriend Michael Sportes.[13] They closed the store in 2004.[14]

De Matteo started dating musician Shooter Jennings in 2001.[15] They became engaged on June 11, 2009, when Jennings proposed onstage at the Stanley Center during a show in Utica, New York.[16] They have two children together, daughter Alabama Gypsyrose Jennings (born November 2007)[15] and son Waylon Albert "Blackjack" Jennings (born April 2011).[17] Jennings and de Matteo eventually ended their relationship without marrying.[18] In July 2015, de Matteo became engaged to Whitesnake bass guitarist 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.[19]



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
Sex, Death and Bowling Ana


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
2004–06 Joey Gina Tribbiani Main role: 46 episodes
2005 HBO First Look Assault on Precinct 13: Caught in the Crosshairs Herself
2007 Aperture
Al rojo vivo con María Celeste Episode: May 28, 2007
Making 'Cleaver' Adriana La Cerva Television film
2008–14 Sons of Anarchy Wendy Case Recurring role: 22 episodes; lead role: 13 episodes
2009–10[20] Desperate Housewives Angie Bolen Main role: 20 episodes (Season 6)
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"
The Making of the Mob: New York Herself
2016 Shades of Blue Det. Tess Nazario Series regular


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  2. 1 2 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.
  3. "Drea De Matteo Biography". Fil. 1973-01-19. Retrieved 2010-10-18.
  4. http://godesigngo.com/where-in-the-ddb/avery-boardman-founder-albert-de-matteo-dies-at-81/
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  6. Cinema Gotham and DVDTalk.com (2002-07-18). "Cinema Gotham". Dvdtalk.com. Retrieved 2010-10-18.
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  8. "Desperate Housewives" Casts Drea de Matteo as New Vixen, E! Online, June 29, 2009
  9. Drea de Matteo Joins "Desperate Housewives", Los Angeles Times, June 29, 2009
  10. "Desperate Housewives" Welcomes the Bolens, TV Guide Magazine, August 5, 2009
  11. "Desperate Housewives" Exclusive: Drea de Matteo to Make "Explosive" Exit in May, Entertainment Weekly, March 4, 2010
  12. Dark Places
  13. Gliatto, Tom (October 14, 2002). "Gritty Woman". People. Time Inc. 58 (16). ISSN 0093-7673.
  14. Brown, Rachel (April 4, 2007). "West Watch". Women's Wear Daily. Fairchild Fashion Media. 193 (71): 18. ISSN 0043-7581.
  15. 1 2 Nudd, Tim (November 29, 2007). "Drea de Matteo Has a Baby Girl". People. Retrieved November 4, 2013.
  16. Orloff, Brian (June 12, 2009). "Shooter Jennings & Drea de Matteo Get Engaged – On Stage". People. Retrieved November 4, 2013.
  17. Michaud, Sarah (April 8, 2011). "Drea de Matteo, Shooter Jennings Welcome Son Waylon Albert". People. Retrieved November 4, 2013.
  18. Sanz, Cynthia (July 2, 2013). "Shooter Jennings & Misty Brooke Swain Marry in the Desert". People. Retrieved November 4, 2013.
  19. Sedarholm, Jillian (March 28, 2015) , NBC News
  20. Drea de Matteo Exits "Desperate Housewives", Digital Spy, March 4, 2010

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