Andrea Donna de Matteo (born January 19, 1972) is an American actress. She is best known for her role as Adriana La Cerva on the HBO television drama The Sopranos (1999–2006), for which she received the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series in 2004. Other notable roles include Gina Tribbiani on Joey (2004–2006), Wendy Case on Sons of Anarchy (2008–2014), Angie Bolen on Desperate Housewives (2009–2010), and Detective Tess Nazario on Shades of Blue (2016–2018).
Drea de Matteo
Andrea Donna de Matteo
January 19, 1972
New York City, U.S.
|Alma mater||New York University (BFA)|
|Awards||Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series (The Sopranos, 2004)|
De Matteo was born on January 19, 1972, in Whitestone, Queens, New York City. Her mother, Donna, is a playwright and playwriting teacher who has been on faculty at HB Studio, and her father, Albert, was a furniture manufacturer who was owner and CEO of Avery Boardman and Carlyle. She is of Italian descent, and grew up in a Catholic family.
After graduating from the Loyola School, de Matteo earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in film production from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, originally intending to become a film director. She additionally studied acting at the HB Studio.
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.
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 left Desperate Housewives at the season 6 finale in 2010, due to personal reasons.
In 2012, she guest starred in Showtime's Californication.
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. In 2015, she was cast as Det. Tess Nazario in the NBC drama series Shades of Blue, starring alongside Jennifer Lopez and Ray Liotta.
De Matteo started dating musician Shooter Jennings in 2001. They became engaged on June 11, 2009, when Jennings proposed onstage at the Stanley Theater during a show in Utica, New York. They have two children together, daughter Alabama Gypsyrose Jennings (born November 28, 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 bass guitarist Michael Devin.
|1999||Meet Prince Charming||Hilary Harris|
|'R Xmas||The Wife||New York International Independent Film and Video Festival Award for Best Actress|
|The Perfect You||Dee||as Drea DeMatteo|
|2003||Prey for Rock & Roll||Tracey|
|Beacon Hill||Cadet Ramsey|
|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|
|2009||New York, I Love You||Lydia|
|Once More with Feeling||Lana Gregorio|
|Whisper Of Fear||Diane Harkin|
|2015||Dark Places||Krissi Cates|
|Sex, Death and Bowling||Ana|
|2017||Don't Sleep||Jo Marino|
|1996||Swift Justice||Laurie Tuco||Episode: "Stones"|
|1999–2006||The Sopranos||Adriana La Cerva||Recurring role (seasons 1, 6)|
Main cast (season 2–5)
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|
|Sons of Anarchy||Wendy Case||Recurring role (seasons 1, 4–6)|
Main cast (season 7)
|2009–2010||Desperate Housewives||Angie Bolen||Main cast (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||Main cast|
|2019||A Million Little Things||Barbara Morgan||8 episodes|
|2021–present||Paradise City||Maya||Main cast; TV spinoff of American Satan|
- HB Faculty
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Andrea Donna de Matteo was born in Queens, Italian and Catholic.
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- HB Studio Alumni
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- "Desperate Housewives" Recruits "Sopranos" Vet Drea de Matteo Archived July 1, 2009, at the Wayback Machine, 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 Archived August 26, 2009, at the Wayback Machine, TV Guide Magazine, August 5, 2009
- "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
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- Fleming, Mike Jr. (May 18, 2020). "Drea De Matteo On Revisiting 'The Sopranos' & The Evolving Depiction Of Italian Women In Mob Dramas". Deadline. Retrieved June 2, 2020.
- "Drea de Matteo discusses her new podcast and why The Sopranos is still the 'richest role' of her career". standard.co.uk. October 2, 2020.
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- Nudd, Tim (November 29, 2007). "Drea de Matteo Has a Baby Girl". People. Archived from the original on January 18, 2008. Retrieved February 23, 2022.
- Orloff, Brian (June 12, 2009). "Shooter Jennings & Drea de Matteo Get Engaged – On Stage". People. Retrieved November 4, 2013.
- Michaud, Sarah (April 8, 2011). "Drea de Matteo, Shooter Jennings Welcome Son Waylon Albert". People. Archived from the original on April 7, 2018. Retrieved February 23, 2022.
- Sanz, Cynthia (July 2, 2013). "Shooter Jennings & Misty Brooke Swain Marry in the Desert". People. Retrieved November 4, 2013.
- "'Sopranos' actress reveals: 'I saw my home fall to the ground'". nypost.com. April 2, 2017.
- Sedarholm, Jillian (March 28, 2015) 'Sopranos' Star Drea De Matteo Loses Home in NYC Explosion, NBC News
- "Whisper of Fear" – via www.imdb.com.
- Drea de Matteo Exits "Desperate Housewives", Digital Spy, March 4, 2010