Andrea De Matteo (Drea) decided to pursue a directing career at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, perhaps because of the brief moment when, as a girl, she was brought onstage out of the audience and dazzled by the stage lights when she was seeing the play “Cats,” perhaps because of her mother’s involvement in the entertainment business. Once she was in school, however, it was the acting classes which attracted her greatest interest, and she decided on an acting career. After a screen debut in an obscure independent and a small part in a small movie, Meet Prince Charming, de Matteo auditioned for a one-episode part in the HBO series The Sopranos. She impressed the producers enough that they expanded the role, as Adriana La Cerva, girlfriend to up-and-coming Soprano family soldier Christopher Moltisanti (Michael Imperioli), and she eventually became a regular on the show. De Matteo had the right sultry beauty to portray Adriana, but her acting skills greatly fleshed out the character, making her as rich and complex a character as a slightly ditzy gangster’s girlfriend can be in the first place – humorous, even charming in a way and, ultimately, tragic. She won an Emmy award for her portrayal of Adriana in 2004. Although De Matteo’s role on the HBO series ended in 2004, in that same year she got a leading role in Joey, a spin-off of the long-running NBC sitcom Friends. Drea is also very well known for one her most recent roles, as Wendy Case in the long running TV crime drama, Sons of Anarchy.