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Drea de Matteo almost didn’t get the role of Adriana

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Adriana La Cerva is one of the most notable roles in the show but she almost wasn’t played by Drea de Matteo! The actress auditioned for the role of Adriana but Chase turned her down, citing that she didn’t look Italian enough. He did hire her to play an unnamed waitress in the pilot episode, though. When the show went to series, he reauditioned de Matteo for the part and, this time, she wasn’t going to lose it. She teased her hair up, wore a necklace spelled had her name in diamonds, and pumped up her accent to nail what Chase was looking for. It worked out and she was officially Adriana!

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