Andrea Donna de Matteo (Queens, New York, January 19, 1972) 2 is an Emmy Award-winning American actress best known for her role in the HBO television series The Sopranos. Known for playing Adriana La Cerva, the show is played by Joey Tribbiani. sister, Gina Tribbiani. , on the NBC sitcom “Joey,” most recently playing the enigmatic Angie Bollen in “Desperate Housewives.”
De Matteo, of Italian descent, was born 3 in Queens, New York, the son of Donna, a playwright and teacher, and Albert De Matteo, a furniture maker. He grew up in a Catholic home. He graduated from the famous Loyola School of New York State. In New York, she attended New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts with the intention of becoming a director rather than an actress.
The role of Mateo on The Sopranos was her first role and helped launch her career. She has been in films such as Swordfish, Deuces Wild, Perfect You, and the 2005 remake of John Carpenter’s 1976 film of the same name, Assault on District 13. She also played Joey Tribbiani’s sister, Gina, in the spin-off of “Friends”, “Joey”.
In 2004, De Matteo won an Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for her portrayal of Adriana on The Sopranos. That year she was also nominated for a Golden Globe for the same role.
She played Wendy Keith, the drug addict girlfriend of Jax Taylor, vice president of the Sons of Anarchy Club, on the television series Sons of Anarchy. She was not featured prominently in the first season until she reappeared in the fourth season and became part of the cast in the seventh season.
She was ranked 42nd and 56th on Maxim magazine’s “100 Sexiest Women” list in 2001 and 2002, respectively.