Drea de Matteo Biography
Birth name - Andrea Donna de Matteo
Date of birth - January 19, 1972
Queens, New York, New York, USA
Sometimes Credited As: Andrea de Matteo
Height - 5' 6" (1.68 m)
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Andrea Donna de Matteo, called Drea (pronounced "dray"), was born on January 19, 1972 in Queens, New York, into an affluent family, the youngest of three children and the only girl. De Matteo's father is a furniture manufacturer and her mother, Donna, is a playwright and teaches playwriting at HB Studio in New York. De Matteo spent her early childhood in Queens, and the family then moved to the Upper East Side in Manhattan, into Aretha Franklin's former townhouse.
De Matteo decided to pursue a directing career at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts, perhaps because of the brief moment when, as a girl, she was brought onstage out of the audience and dazzled by the stage lights when she was seeing the play "Cats," perhaps because of her mother's involvement in the entertainment business. Once she was in school, however, it was the acting classes which attracted her greatest interest, and she decided on an acting career. After a screen debut in an obscure independent and a small part in a small movie, Meet Prince Charming (1999), de Matteo auditioned for a one-episode part in the HBO series "The Sopranos" (1999). She impressed the producers enough that they expanded the role, as Adriana La Cerva, girlfriend to up-and-coming Soprano family soldier Christopher Moltisanti (Michael Imperioli), and she eventually became a regular on the show. De Matteo had the right sultry beauty to portray Adriana, but her acting skills greatly fleshed out the character, making her as rich and complex a character as a slightly ditzy gangster's girlfriend can be in the first place - humorous, even charming in a way and, ultimately, tragic. She won an Emmy award for her portrayal of Andriana in 2004.
Although De Matteo's role on the HBO series ended in 2004, in that same year she got a leading role in "Joey" (2004), a spin-off of the long-running NBC sitcom "Friends" (1994). She has also appeared in several movies since starting on "The Sopranos" - regardless of the caliber of the production, de Matteo has consistently shown her strong acting skills, such as her award-winning lead in Abel Ferrara's 'R Xmas (2001) and her supporting role in Prey for Rock & Roll (2003).
Although De Matteo describes herself as shy, she also says she was and remains a wild, multi-tattooed party-girl who peppers her conversation with strong language and prefers jeans to dressing up. She owned a rock and roll vintage clothing store in the East Village called "Filth Mart" for several years but has closed it and is considering re-opening it in the Los Angeles area. She has said that she considers actor Vince Vaughn to be like a brother to her.
More Interesting Information for Drea de Matteo
Grauduate of NYU's Tisch School of the Arts
Speaks fluent Italian and Spanish.
Has an AC/DC tattoo.
Her character on "The Sopranos" (1999) was orignally written for only one episode.
Has her mother's, father's and grandmother's names tattooed onto her body.
Has closed her clothing store Filth Mart in Manhattan and is opening one in Los Angeles
Drea's father was a furniture manufacturer and her mother was a playwright. She was raised in Queens primarily by her grandmother and a Nicaraguan nanny. She now takes care of her nanny, who had a heart transplant.
At NYU, she originally intended to study to be a director, but got attention for her acting.
Ranked #33 in Stuff magazine's "102 Sexiest Women in the World" (2002)
Is of Italian descent
Assault on Precinct 13 (2005) opened on her 33rd birthday.
Is, to the day, one year younger than Shawn Wayans.
Drea de Matteo Filmography
Actress - filmography
(In Production) (2000s) (1990s)
Go Go Tales (2006)
Movie Summary: A screwball comedy about a Manhattan lap dance club owner (Keitel) and the dancers who work for him.
Broken English (2007)
Movie Summary: Nora Wilder is freaking out. Everyone around her is in a relationship, is married, or has children. Nora is in her thirties.
"Joey" .... Gina Tribbiani
- Joey and the Dad (2006) TV Episode .... Gina Tribbiani
- Joey and the Snowball Fight (2006) TV Episode .... Gina Tribbiani
- Joey and the Christmas Party (2005) TV Episode .... Gina Tribbiani
- Joey and the High School Friend (2005) TV Episode .... Gina Tribbiani
- Joey and the Bachelor Thanksgiving (2005) TV Episode .... Gina Tribbiani
"The Sopranos" .... Adriana La Cerva (1999-2004)
- Members Only (2006) TV Episode .... Adriana La Cerva
- All Due Respect (2004) TV Episode .... Adriana La Cerva
- Long Term Parking (2004) TV Episode .... Adriana La Cerva
- Cold Cuts (2004) TV Episode .... Adriana La Cerva
- Unidentified Black Males (2004) TV Episode .... Adriana La Cerva
Walker Payne (2006)
Assault on Precinct 13 (2005) .... Iris Ferry
... aka Assaut sur le central 13 (France)
Love Rome (2004) .... Angela
Prey for Rock & Roll (2003) .... Tracy
Beacon Hill (2003) .... Cadet Ramsey
Deuces Wild (2002) .... Betsy
... aka Deuces Wild - Wild in den Straßen (Germany)
The Perfect You (2002) .... Dee
... aka Crazy Little Thing (USA: video title)
Made (2001) (uncredited) .... Club Girl
Swordfish (2001) .... Melissa
'R Xmas (2001) .... The Wife
... aka Christmas (France)
Sleepwalk (2001) .... Henrieta
Meet Prince Charming (1999) .... Hilary Harris
- Stones (1996) TV Episode (as Andrea de Matteo) .... Laurie Tuco
'M' Word (1996)
Filmography as: Actress, Herself
Herself - filmography
The CMT Music Awards (2005) (TV) .... Presenter
"Last Call with Carson Daly"
- Episode dated 21 March 2005 (2005) TV Episode .... Herself
- Episode dated 5 March 2004 (2004) TV Episode .... Herself
- Episode dated 23 February 2005 (2005) TV Episode .... Herself
"The Tony Danza Show"
- Episode #1.99 (2005) TV Episode .... Herself
11th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards (2005) (TV) .... Herself - Nominee: Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series/Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series
"Live with Regis and Kathie Lee"
... aka Live with Regis (USA: new title)
... aka Live with Regis & Kelly (USA: new title)
- Episode dated 27 January 2005 (2005) TV Episode .... Herself
"Jimmy Kimmel Live"
- Episode dated 19 January 2005 (2005) TV Episode .... Herself
The 62nd Annual Golden Globe Awards (2005) (TV) .... Herself - Nominee: Best Supporting Actress in a Television Series, Mini-Series or Made for TV Movie
"HBO First Look"
- Assault on Precinct 13 (2005) TV Episode .... Herself
"Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show"
- Episode dated 20 October 2004 (2004) TV Episode .... Herself
Hollywood Trash & Tinsel (2004) .... Herself
"The Tonight Show with Jay Leno"
- Episode dated 21 September 2004 (2004) TV Episode .... Herself
The 56th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards (2004) (TV) .... Herself - Winner: Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
"Late Show with David Letterman"
... aka Late Show Backstage (USA: title for episodes with guest hosts)
... aka The Late Show (USA: informal short title)
- Episode dated 24 May 2004 (2004) TV Episode (uncredited) .... Herself
- Episode dated 5 September 2002 (2002) TV Episode .... Herself
VH1 Big in 2002 Awards (2002) (TV) .... Host