Drea de Matteo joined OnlyFans in part because she refused to get vaccinated against COVID-19.
The “Sopranos” alum, 51, shared in a recent interview with PKB Digital that her career took a serious hit after her agent dropped her and she “almost” lost her home due to of his decision not to comply with Hollywood’s vaccination mandates.
“I didn’t know that this was going to have to be a life change, you know, all of a sudden, during a time where I’m supposed to be relaxing a little bit, I would have to change careers and find new things because that my own industry thinks I’m, you know, a savage,” she said.
“I guess you could say I was a bad girl because I didn’t follow the rules a few years ago. So I never want to be at the mercy of mandates or strikes or anything like that again.”
De Matteo, who regularly posts her controversial views on vaccines on X (formerly Twitter), explained why she ultimately decided to strip down and join the subscription platform.
“I was like, ‘OK, so everyone is in their underwear and being s*xy on Instagram and I’m not doing that, but I can do it and get paid for it.’ …I don’t know why I didn’t think of it sooner,” she shared.
Last month, De Matteo announced that she was creating an OnlyFans account, which charges $15 per month and simply reads “THE SOPORNOS ;-).”
She also saw the s*xy site as a way to support her children, daughter Alabama Gypsyrose, 15, and son Waylon Albert “Blackjack,” 12, whom she shares with ex Shooter Jennings.
“My children have always been my number one priority,” she shared. “If I had known that I could work my whole life in my closet, I would never have [believed].
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“I know this may sound crazy and somewhat lazy, but I am a very big supporter of stay-at-home moms and women who truly love raising their children. I balanced everything and did everything.
The ‘Sons of Anarchy’ actress shrugged off criticism over her sharing bikini snaps.
“I know some people have said nasty things about me joining OnlyFans,” she said. “But, you know, the way we see things in this house is that mom is a warrior, not accepting defeat.”
De Matteo, who also co-hosts a podcast and collaborates with Nocking Point Wines, claimed she never made much money acting despite her roles in the “Friends” spinoffs “Joey” and ” Desperate Housewives.
In a 2021 interview with Page Six, she revealed that she was only paid $500 per episode for the first season of “The Sopranos.” However, after De Matteo joined the main cast in season 2, she saw her salary increase.
“Then I made a few thousand and probably at the end I started doing show quotes, but that money was coming and going immediately,” she said, adding that actors didn’t get of residue from the series, which ran from 1999 to 2007.
“I didn’t spend enough time on the show to really make any money,” she admitted.
In the crime drama TV series, the mother of two played Adriana La Cerva – the long-suffering girlfriend opposite Michael Imperioli’s Christopher Moltisanti. De Matteo won the 2004 Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for her work on the HBO series.