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Andrea Donna de Matteo (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 drama series The Sopranos, a role for which she won a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series. She played Det. Tess Nazario in NBC's Shades of Blue.

Drea de Matteo
Drea de Matteo 2.jpg
De Matteo in 2005
Born
Andrea Donna de Matteo

(1972-01-19) January 19, 1972 (age 47)
NationalityAmerican
Other namesDrea De Matteo
Drea DeMatteo
Andrea de Matteo
EducationLoyola School
Alma materTisch School of the Arts
OccupationActress
Years active1996–present
Partner(s)Shooter Jennings (2001–2013)
Michael Devin
Children2
AwardsPrimetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series (The Sopranos, 2004)

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Early lifeEdit

De Matteo, of Italian descent,[1][2] was born in Whitestone, Queens, New York. Her mother, Donna, is a playwright and playwriting teacher who has been on faculty at HB Studio,[3] and her father, Albert, is a furniture manufacturer who was owner and CEO of Avery Boardman and Carlyle.[4][5] She grew up in a Roman Catholic family.[2][6]

CareerEdit

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. She additionally studied acting at HB Studio[7]. 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 (season 5) and was nominated for a Golden Globe the same year, for the same role.[9] 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.[10]

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.[11] She was promoted to a series regular for the seventh and final season.[12]

De Matteo played Angie Bolen, the mother of the Bolen family, on season 6 of the ABC show Desperate Housewives.[13][14][15][16] She officially left Desperate Housewives at the season 6 finale in 2010, due to personal reasons.[17]

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.[18] 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 lifeEdit

In 1997, de Matteo opened Filth Mart, an East Village clothing store with her then-boyfriend Michael Sportes.[19] They closed the store in 2004.[20]

De Matteo started dating musician Shooter Jennings in 2001.[21] They became engaged on June 11, 2009, when Jennings proposed onstage at the Stanley Center during a show in Utica, New York.[22] They have two children together, daughter Alabama Gypsyrose Jennings (born November 2007)[21] and son Waylon Albert "Blackjack" Jennings (born April 2011).[23] Jennings and de Matteo eventually ended their relationship without marrying.[24] 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 East Village, Manhattan buildings on March 26, 2015.[25]

FilmographyEdit

FilmEdit

Year Title Role Notes
1996 'M' Word N/A
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
Whisper Of Fear[26] Diane Harkin
2015 Dark Places Krissi Cates
Sex, Death and Bowling Ana
2017 Don't Sleep Jo Marino

TelevisionEdit

Year Title Role Notes
1996 Swift Justice Laurie Tuco Episode: "Stones"
1999–2006 The Sopranos Adriana La Cerva 56 episodes (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 special
2004–2006 Joey Gina Tribbiani Main role: 46 episodes
2005 HBO First Look Herself Episode: "Assault on Precinct 13: Caught in the Crosshairs"
2007 Aperture Episode: "Drea de Matteo/Laurie Simmons"
Al rojo vivo con María Celeste Episode: May 28, 2007
Making 'Cleaver' Adriana La Cerva Television film
2008;
2011–2014
Sons of Anarchy Wendy Case Recurring/lead role: 35 episodes
2009–2010[27] Desperate Housewives Angie Bolen Main role: 20 episodes (Season 6)
2010 Fakers Tanner's mother Television film
Running Wilde Didi Episode: "One Step Forward"
2011 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Sandra Roberts Episode: "Pop"
CSI: Miami Evelyn Episode: "Sinner Takes All"
2012 Californication Holly Episode: "Here I Go Again"
2013 The Mindy Project Kelsey Episode: "Mindy's Minute"
2015 Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Karla Faye Gideon Episode: "One of Us"
The Making of the Mob: New York Herself
2016–2018 Shades of Blue Det. Tess Nazario Series regular
2019–present A Million Little Things Barbara Morgan Recurring role

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Drea de Matteo Interview – Joey, The Sopranos, and Directing". Movies.about.com. 2010-06-17. Archived from the original on 2011-06-07. Retrieved 2010-10-18.
  2. ^ a b Jacobs, Marc (2001-06-01). "The Soprano Sings: Drea de Matteo". Paper. Archived from the original on 2010-08-02. Retrieved 2010-06-24. Andrea Donna de Matteo was born in Queens, Italian and Catholic.
  3. ^ HB Faculty
  4. ^ "Drea De Matteo Biography". Fil. 1973-01-19. Retrieved 2010-10-18.
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-04-26. Retrieved 2013-09-06.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  6. ^ "Drea de Matteo". AskMen.com. Archived from the original on 2010-06-18. Retrieved 2010-06-24.
  7. ^ HB Studio Alumni
  8. ^ Cinema Gotham and DVDTalk.com (2002-07-18). "Cinema Gotham". Dvdtalk.com. Retrieved 2010-10-18.
  9. ^ "'Arrested Development,' 'Sopranos' win Emmys". TODAY.com. Retrieved 2017-10-20.
  10. ^ "Where Are Joey Tribbiani's Sisters Now?". MTV News. Retrieved 2017-10-20.
  11. ^ "'Sons of Anarchy' Season 6: Drea De Matteo's Wendy to Return!". ScreenCrush. Retrieved 2017-10-20.
  12. ^ "Drea de Matteo on Sons of Anarchy, Missing Adriana, and Why She'd Do Joey Again". Vulture. 2014-09-17. Retrieved 2017-10-20.
  13. ^ "Desperate Housewives" Recruits "Sopranos" Vet Drea de Matteo Archived July 1, 2009, at the Wayback Machine, Entertainment Weekly, June 29, 2009
  14. ^ "Desperate Housewives" Casts Drea de Matteo as New Vixen, E! Online, June 29, 2009
  15. ^ Drea de Matteo Joins "Desperate Housewives", Los Angeles Times, June 29, 2009
  16. ^ "Desperate Housewives" Welcomes the Bolens Archived 2009-08-26 at the Wayback Machine, TV Guide Magazine, August 5, 2009
  17. ^ "Desperate Housewives" Exclusive: Drea de Matteo to Make "Explosive" Exit in May Archived March 7, 2010, at the Wayback Machine, Entertainment Weekly, March 4, 2010
  18. ^ Miska, Brad (2 March 2015). "Poster Heads to Charlize Theron's 'Dark Places'".
  19. ^ Gliatto, Tom (October 14, 2002). "Gritty Woman". People. Time Inc. 58 (16). ISSN 0093-7673.
  20. ^ Brown, Rachel (April 4, 2007). "West Watch". Women's Wear Daily. Fairchild Fashion Media. 193 (71): 18. ISSN 0043-7581.
  21. ^ a b Nudd, Tim (November 29, 2007). "Drea de Matteo Has a Baby Girl". People. Retrieved November 4, 2013.
  22. ^ Orloff, Brian (June 12, 2009). "Shooter Jennings & Drea de Matteo Get Engaged – On Stage". People. Retrieved November 4, 2013.
  23. ^ Michaud, Sarah (April 8, 2011). "Drea de Matteo, Shooter Jennings Welcome Son Waylon Albert". People. Retrieved November 4, 2013.
  24. ^ Sanz, Cynthia (July 2, 2013). "Shooter Jennings & Misty Brooke Swain Marry in the Desert". People. Retrieved November 4, 2013.
  25. ^ Sedarholm, Jillian (March 28, 2015) 'Sopranos' Star Drea De Matteo Loses Home in NYC Explosion, NBC News
  26. ^ "Whisper of Fear" – via www.imdb.com.
  27. ^ Drea de Matteo Exits "Desperate Housewives", Digital Spy, March 4, 2010

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