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'Sopranos' star Drea de Matteo blasts Hollywood as 'cesspool,' says OnlyFans saved her after being blacklisted for refusing vaccine
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'Sopranos' star Drea de Matteo blasts Hollywood as 'cesspool,' says OnlyFans saved her after being blacklisted for refusing vaccine

"The Sopranos" star Drea de Matteo blasted Hollywood as a "cesspool" and said that she was blacklisted from the industry after refusing to take the COVID-19 vaccine. The actress credited OnlyFans for helping her recover from nearly losing her house after financial ruin.

De Matteo, 52, told the Daily Mail in a recent interview, "I mean, that place [Hollywood] is a freaking cesspool."

"I'm not gonna lie. TV sucks," she added. "There's nothing great. 'Sopranos' opened the door for [me] 100 percent," said De Matteo — who starred as Adriana La Cerva in the massively popular HBO mob series between 1999 and 2006.

De Matteo recalled a recent meeting with "The Sopranos" showrunner David Chase and executive producers Terence Winter and Matthew Wiener.

"They were doing a panel and they basically were like, 'We don't even trust the audience anymore because it's all of this stuff that societies cram down people's throats,'" she said and added, "It's like, I don't even know that it's the audience. I think it's more the industry."

"The industry has just... everything that our generation has pushed for, whether it be better television, whether it be human rights, body sovereignty, all of these things, they took it and made an aberration out of it," de Matteo said of Hollywood. "And the same thing went for television. Television is so saturated. Streaming doesn't help anybody except for the big corporations."

De Matteo is bitter toward Hollywood after she was reportedly blacklisted from the industry after refusing to get the COVID-19 vaccine.

After not being able to work as an actress in Hollywood for refusing to get vaccinated, de Matteo said that she fell on hard economic times.

"They put me into foreclosure and my house had flooded, so I was trying to sell the house quickly," she told the British outlet. "I wanted to try and sell it before they took it."

She added, "At the same time, I lost my mom, and my other mom, who has dementia, had run out of money for her caregiver. I didn't know which way was up."

In September, de Matteo said she had just $10 in her bank account.

Without the option of acting, de Matteo turned to OnlyFans to help bail her out of financial ruin.

"I did it, but I didn't want to do it," she explained. "I got a lot of heat for doing it and it went f***ing viral and people went nuts."

De Matteo said she and her boyfriend did a podcast on the subscription-based platform that typically caters to sexual content.

She admitted that some racy content did include her boyfriend rubbing her feet "because you have to add a little something for OnlyFans in there."

De Matteo previously told Fox News, "I figured, ‘OK, so everybody’s in their underwear and being sexy on Instagram and I don’t do that, but I can do that and get paid for it.’ … I don’t know why I didn’t think of this sooner."

A subscription to de Matteo's OnlyFans page costs $15 a month.

De Matteo said, "OnlyFans saved my life, 100 percent. I can't believe I'm saying that, but it really did save us."

The "Sopranos" actress said she was able to get her home out of foreclosure within "five minutes" of starting her OnlyFans account because of subscriptions.

Speaking about criticism of joining the website known for risque adult content, de Matteo proclaimed, "I know some people have said some nasty things about me having joined OnlyFans. But, you know, the way we see it in this house is mommy's a warrior, not accepting defeat."

When asked if she would ever return to Hollywood, de Matteo said, "It would have to really be something that was meaningful to me."

She added, "I'd rather bet on myself than bet on the man at this point."

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Paul Sacca

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