I meet a lot of celebrities and athletes. It's always funny to see which of my friends will react to which celebrity. My meeting actress Drea de Matteo got one of the biggest reactions of all celebrities I have met. I guess being in both The Sopranos and Sons of Anarchy will cause that. It also guarantees her a place on the comic con scene.
As I have written many times, being involved in a popular movie or tv franchise makes you immensely popular with collectors. Being in two just doubles that popularity and demand.
At Wizard World Fan Fest, de Matteo had a lengthy line. She made sure each of her fans was satisfied as much as possible. Obviously, time is limited, but de Matteo really tried to make each fan's experience a good one.
As usual, I liked de Matteo for her lesser known role as Gina Tribbiani (Joey's sister) on tv's Joey. Unfortunately, that show didn't last too long, but about two years later, she started on SOA. So while most of her fans talked about one of her huge shows, I talked about Joey. At least she did not have me rubbed out. I hear she has connections.
Drea de Matteo and me in Rosemont, IL-March 2015.