Biography of the day : Drea De Matteo

Drea De Matteo

Andrea Donna de Matteo (born January 19, 1972) is an Emmy-winning Italian-American actress, most famous for her roles as Adriana La Cerva on the HBO TV series The Sopranos and as Joey Tribbiani's sister Gina on the NBC sitcom, Joey.

She studied at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, originally hoping to become a director, not an actress. Her role in The Sopranos was one of her earliest, helping to launch her career. She has also appeared in several films including Swordfish, Deuces Wild, and the John Carpenter remake of Assault on Precinct 13.

She has moved from dramatic roles to portray Joey Tribbiani's sister Gina in the Friends spin-off Joey.

In 2004, de Matteo won an Emmy for Best Supporting Actress (Drama) for her role as ill-fated Adriana on The Sopranos. She was also nominated for a Golden Globe that same year for the same role.

She currently lives in New York City, where she also co-owns Filth Mart, a chic East Village clothing store with best friend and ex-boyfriend Michael Sportes. She is currently dating Shooter Jennings, son of country music legend Waylon Jennings.