Drea de MatteoThe Sopranos," Drea stepped on to the red carpet and refuses to get off, though she has confessed she doesn't fare well with the Hollywood splendor, and instead parties like the average male with beer, chips and rock music. Raised by her Nicaraguan nanny, who she now takes care of, Drea grew up in the New York Catholic school system where she spent her free time driving around in stolen cars.
Drea is the real deal when it comes to New York bad girls, donning a gallery of tattoos on her body, including her parents' names on each arm, and swearing up a storm every chance she gets. After scoring only an 800 on the SAT test she took drunk, Drea was still accepted into NYU's Tisch School of the Arts where she had aspirations of becoming a film director. When her instructors realized her incredible acting potential, Drea changed gears and began the long, hard road to Hollywood, though her first big job came quicker than she thought, thrust into fame as Adriana La Cerva on HBO's "The Sopranos." Aside from her work on the show, Drea is continuing to pursue a film career through numerous roles in indie flicks and small parts in mainstream films. During her downtime Drea always goes back to help out at HB Studios where her mother has taught playwriting for over 25 years, and is always developing and looking for new writers and projects. Drea's got a lot of work to do before she hits it big, but she's got the looks and sincerity that you rarely find in the up-and-coming actresses of today.
Drea de Matteo on the Web
The ever-growing list of TV and film appearances.
TV Guide: Drea de Matteo
Drea de Matteo Videos, Interviews and More on TV Guide's Online Video Guide
The standard childhood to fame biography that Yahoo! likes to crank out.
Woman on the Verge
This site features an extensive interview with Playboy magazine that covers everything from Drea's career to her off-screen lifestyle.
Drea de Matteo Buddy TV
Drea de Matteo proflie, news, bio, photos and more
The Soprano Sings
Another first-rate interview with Drea, this time by Paper Magazine that covers some more interesting topics.
Drea de Matteo on the Screen
Aside from her recurring role as Adriana La Cerva on "The Sopranos," Drea has appeared in a number of independent films over the past few years, as well as some smaller cameos in such mainstream films as "Made," "Deuces Wild" and "Swordfish." With the building success of "The Sopranos" and a hot new sitcom about to get off its feet, Drea should have no problem maintaining her Hollywood status for a while.
Since kicking the can out in the woods on the last season of "The Sopranos," Drea can currently be seen alongside Matt LeBlanc in the second season of "Joey." She will also appear in the crime-drama "West Memphis Three," "Go Go Tales," and the currently filming drama "Walker."
On being a sex symbol:
"I really don't think I'm sexy. All of that is so bizarre to me."
On her dating life:
"I love men, and they're who I go out with, but every now and then... well, I can't say I've never been with a woman."