Drea de Matteo

Drea de Matteo

  • Highest Rated: 71% Made (2001)
  • Lowest Rated: 3% Deuces Wild (2002)
  • Birthday: Jan 19, 1972
  • Birthplace: New York City, New York, USA
  • Popular Sopranos actress Drea de Matteo's unique blend of Italian-American sensuality and unpretentious rock & roll-girl chic has found her ascending the ranks to become one of Hollywood's hottest stars. Though de Matteo's role on The Sopranos was originally intended to be little more than a one-time appearance, her undeniable screen presence soon found her returning to the role of Jersey girl-turned-Mafioso moll Adriana La Cerva in the popular HBO crime drama. Oddly enough, it was stage legend Andrew Lloyd Webber who first sparked showbiz aspirations in the Queens native. When de Matteo was around ten years old, Rum Tum Tugger whisked her on-stage during a performance of Webber's enduring stage musical Cats; the jarring experience proved alternately petrifying and compelling for de Matteo, and the intoxicating glow of the spotlight immediately cast its spell on the young showbiz hopeful. With a mother who worked as a screenwriter, young de Matteo was no stranger to the business, and though she would become something of a wild child during her teens, she never lost sight of her starstruck dreams. When it came time to pursue higher education, she set her sights on N.Y.U.'s Tisch School of the Arts. Though de Matteo initially intended to become a director, her acting talents quickly caught the eyes of casting agents. In 1996, de Matteo made her feature debut in the romantic comedy The "M" Word, and though the film would go largely unseen, her next role provided just the breakthrough needed to boost her career. Though the actress never expected her part in The Sopranos to go beyond one episode, the casting agents were quick to make her a regular player on the Emmy-winning series. Subsequent roles in such independent films as Meet Prince Charming (1999) and Sleepwalk (2000) gained little more attention than The "M" Word had, but de Matteo was able to fulfill a lifelong dream of working with Bad Lieutenant director Abel Ferrara when she appeared in the director's 2001 crime drama 'R Xmas. If de Matteo's feature career had gone virtually unnoticed by mainstream filmgoers to this point, roles in such wide releases as Swordfish (2001) and Deuces Wild (2002) soon found her star rising. In 2003, she was finally given the opportunity to live out her rock-star dreams by strumming the bass in director Alex Steyermark's musical drama Prey for Rock & Roll. An association with actress Jenny McCarthy (whom de Matteo had previously acted alongside in 2001's The Perfect You) next led to an appearance opposite the former MTV girl and Playboy Playmate in the 2003 romantic comedy Dirty Love. In 2004, de Matteo went back in front of the camera for Steyermark in the true-crime drama West Memphis Three (which was inspired by the events covered in the documentary Paradise Lost). The following year, de Matteo could be seen in prominent roles in Ferrara's Go Go Tales and the action remake Assault on Precinct 13. Even with her frequent film roles, de Matteo remained primarily a television actress, playing Joey's sister in the short-lived Friends spin-off Joey, and later joining the casts of Sons of Anarchy and Desperate Housewives.In addition to her film and television career, de Matteo also owns Filth Mart, a popular New York City rock-chic clothing boutique.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Rating

Title

Credit

Box
Office

Year

9% Don't Sleep Jo Marino 2017
17% Sex, Death And Bowling Ana 2015
24% Dark Places Krissi Cates $0.2M 2015
14% Free Ride Sandy 2014
No Score Yet Stalkers Actor 2013
37% New York, I Love You Lydia (Allen Hughes segment) $1.7M 2009
No Score Yet Once More with Feeling Lana Gregorio 2009
12% Lake City Hope 2008
No Score Yet Walker Payne Walker's Wife 2008
64% Broken English Audrey Andrews $0.9M 2007
No Score Yet Farce of the Penguins Ester 2007
20% The Good Life Dana 2007
7% Dirty Love Actor 2005
59% Assault on Precinct 13 Iris Ferry $20M 2005
No Score Yet Love Rome Angela 2004
56% Prey for Rock & Roll Tracy 2003
3% Deuces Wild Betsy $6.1M 2002
No Score Yet Crazy Little Thing (The Perfect You) Dee 2002
65% 'R Xmas The Wife 2001
71% Made Party Girl (uncredited) $3.7M 2001
26% Swordfish Melissa Jobson 2001
No Score Yet Sleepwalk Henrieta 2000
No Score Yet Meet Prince Charming Hilary Harris 1999

TV

Rating

Title

Credit

Year

53% A Million Little Things
2018
Guest Barbara
  • 2019
88% Sons of Anarchy
2008-2014
Wendy Case Wendy
  • 2019
  • 2014
  • 2012
  • 2011
  • 2008
No Score Yet Shades of Blue
2016-2018
Shirley Flynn Tess Nazario
  • 2018
  • 2017
  • 2016
94% Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
2013
Karla Faye Gideon
  • 2015
  • 2014
No Score Yet The Wendy Williams Show
2008
Guest
  • 2013
57% Californication
2007-2014
Holly
  • 2012
No Score Yet CSI: Miami
2002-2012
Evelyn Bowers
  • 2011
No Score Yet Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
1999
Sandra Roberts
  • 2011
30% Running Wilde
2010-2011
Didi
  • 2010
66% Desperate Housewives
2004-2012
Angie Bolen
  • 2010
  • 2009
  • 2004
50% Joey
2004-2006
Gina Tribbiani
  • 2006
  • 2005
  • 2004
92% The Sopranos
1999-2007
Adriana La Cerva Adriana
  • 2004
  • 2002
  • 2001
  • 2000
  • 1999

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