Former THE SOPRANOS star Drea de Matteo had never seen an episode of Friends before landing a starring role in the sitcom's upcoming spin-off JOEY.

The actress admits she only got around to seeing the show's finale in May (04) when she heard she was in the running to play the sister of the show's character JOEY TRIBBIANI in the new comedy.

She says, "It's not like I never wanted to see it. I was always running around and had no idea what times shows are on. So I watched the finale. I wanted to know what all the hype was about."

De Matteo's long-running character in The Sopranos, ADRIANA, was killed off in the last series of the mobster drama.

23/08/2004 08:26