Drea de Matteo

Drea de Matteo


1/19/1972, Queens, New York, New York, USA

Birth Name

Andrea Donna de Matteo



Also Known As

Andrea de Matteo
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The former Catholic school girl from Queens graduated from film school at NYU's competitive Tisch School of the Arts (where she took Spanish with Rush Hour director Brett Ratner). Before her acting career took off, the avid Black Sabbath devotee tattered, studded and laced vintage rock and roll…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • Drea has tattoos of her mother's, father's and grandmother's names.

    • Paul Costanzo, who played Drea's son on Joey is only 5 years younger than her.

    • On November 28, 2007, Drea and her husband Shooter Jennings gave birth to their first child (a girl) Alabama Gypsyrose Jennings.

    • Drea was ranked #33 in Stuff Magazine's 102 Sexiest Women In The World in 2002.

    • Drea has been nominated for five SAG Awards. She was nominated for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series from 2001-2003 and 2005 and Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series in 2005 for The Sopranos.

    • In 2005, Drea was nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television for The Sopranos.

    • Drea has the same birthday as Jodie Sweetin.

    • The movie Assault on Precinct 13, starring Ja Rule, with Drea as Iris Ferry, was premiered on her 33th birthday, in 2005.

    • Drea was the eccentric neighbor of Jenny McCarthy in the movie The Perfect You in 2001. She was uncredited.

    • Drea has won 2 Awards: Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series Award (2004), in the Emmy Awards, for The Sopranos; Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series Award (2005), in the Gracie Allen Awards, for The Sopranos.

    • In 2002, Drea hosted the VH1 Music Awards Ceremony VH1 Big in 2002, alongside Michael Imperioli.

    • Drea's mother, Donna de Matteo, is an acclaimed playwright. Her father is a furniture manufacturer.

    • Drea was born in an Italian Catholic house, her parents, her two older brothers, Joe and Darren, her grandmother and a godmother.

    • Drea has a crucifix, AC/DC and a star tattoos, and also got her parents' names engraved on her right arm.

    • Drea has brown hair, and she prefers to tie it in a ponytail.

    • Drea speaks Spanish and Italian fluently.

    • Drea was starring on The Sopranos since 1999, the year when the series first aired, until 2004, when her character, Adriana La Cerva, was killed.

    • When Drea was auditioned for The Sopranos, she first got a one-time role of a restaurant hostess. Luckily, the writers liked her acting and invited her to a permanent role as Adriana La Cerva, Christopher's girlfriend.

    • Drea owns a fashion boutique in Manhattan, and have her own line of jeans.

    • When Drea was in second grade, she and her family moved to Aretha Franklin's former house in New York, near the Guggenheim Museum.

    • Drea is a professional writer, actor, clothing designer, and furniture sales representative.

    • Drea is 5' 6" (1.68 m).

    • Drea is currently dating Shooter Jennings who is the son of music legend Waylon Jennings.

    • Drea co-owns Filth Mart, a chic East Village clothing store with best friend and ex-boyfriend Michael Sportes.

    • Drea lives in New York City.

    • Won the 2004 Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama for her work on The Sopranos.

    • Drea studied and graduated the New York University Tisch School of the Performing Arts, New York.

  • Quotes

    • Drea De Matteo: (about getting married) If I found the right guy, I think I would get married. Maybe. I just feel like it's just a contract. Why sign any more contracts, really?

    • Drea De Matteo: I like to make everything my friends are involved in a little better. I should have just become a manager.

    • Drea De Matteo: (about working on Joey) I have so much fun with Matt LeBlanc that whether I love it or not really makes no difference to me because I just really have that much fun with him and playing with him. Being onstage with him is great. We all have a lot of fun together.

    • Drea De Matteo: (about her manly role on movie Assault on Precinct 13) Oh, I'm very much a tomboy. I had two older brothers, you know.