Drea de Matteo (born January 19, 1972) is an Emmy Award-winning American actress, best known for her roles as Adriana La Cerva on the HBO TV series The Sopranos, Joey Tribbiani's sister Gina on the NBC sitcom Joey and as Angie Bolen on ABC's Desperate Housewives.
De Matteo, an Italian American, was born Andrea Donna de Matteo in Queens, New York, the daughter of Donna, a playwright and playwriting teacher, and Albert De Matteo, a furniture manufacturer. She grew up in a Catholic family. She came out as bisexual in 2005. She lives in New York City, where she owned Filth Mart, an East Village clothing store, with best friend and ex-boyfriend Michael Sportes. She is engaged to Shooter Jennings, the son of late country legend Waylon Jennings. The couple had their first child together, a girl named Alabama Gypsy Rose, on November 28, 2007. Jennings proposed onstage at the Stanley Center during a show in Utica, New York, on June 11, 2009, and confirmed the news on Twitter. "Asked Drea to marry me on stage tonight. I'm a lucky man," he Tweeted, "I'll never forget Utica, NY." On December 8th, 2010, de Matteo's second pregnancy was announced. She's due in spring 2011.
Is good friends with Desperate Housewives co-star John Barrowman who played her ex-lover and eco-terrorist partner Patrick Logan. She told him that he was her long lost brother and joked that she'd love to be a surrogate for his children. Barrowman mentions her in his autobiography, saying: