Many of us know the name Drea de Matteo from her movies and TV shows like The Sopranos, Sons of Anarchy, Assault on Precinct 13, among others, as well as, currently, on Shades of Blue as Detective Tess Nazario. And, if there's one thing we know about most of her characters on TV and film, it's that Drea has been a bit of a badass.
We've got a feeling that it's not on accident, either. Funny thing is, in real-life, it could be argued that Drea de Matteo fits a similar persona, too — which is one reason why we adore her so much.
Well, we got a chance to talk with de Matteo recently about something vaping, which has started to replace straight-up smoking as the way to scratch a tobacco fix. Teaming up with Cue Vapor System, Drea told us why she thinks vaping is every bit as satisfying as smoking, why she switched and helped clear up some perceptions about it.
FHM: We know you switched from straight tobacco to vaping, what was the reason behind the change?
Drea de Matteo: "I come from a family of smokers, and I started smoking cigarettes when I was young. When vaping first became popular, I wasn’t really into it. I resisted it for a long time, because I love to smoke and I wasn’t into all the technology. But I now live with my boyfriend, who's an ex-smoker, and he can’t stand the smell. Like, he will not tolerate it. So I had no choice. I had to figure it out and find an alternative.
"When my girlfriends introduced me to Cue I gave it a try, and I absolutely love it. It’s really simple, so I have an easy time using it, and it’s satisfying. I get to choose my nicotine level — I personally go with zero nicotine — and I just think of all the vaping options out there, Cue is the best one. I love the look, I love the choices and how easy it is, and my boyfriend’s happier because my cigarette breath is gone."
FHM: Do you think there's a more "socially acceptable" feeling to vaping over smoking cigarettes in public?
Drea: "Totally! Smoke smells, man. Not only does the act of smoking smell, but as a smoker you carry that smoker smell around. Like I didn’t even smell myself until I stopped. With vaping, there are also mints, fruits and dessert flavors, and those produce a great aroma. And, let’s be honest, it's way better than lighting up — at least as far as passersby are concerned."
FHM: What's the biggest concern that people should know about vaping?
Drea: "Vaping's an alternative to smoking. I think vaping is better for social reasons, but there is still a lot of research to be done."
FHM: On the contrary, what's the one misconception that you think people make about vaping?
Drea: "People think it’s not going to be as satisfying as smoking. That might be true of some vapor products, but I found that satisfaction with Cue. I encourage all smokers to try it."
FHM: For someone who's never vaped before, what do you think's the one basic piece of info they should know?
Drea: "Don’t waste your time with all of the complicated options out there. Go with Cue. Simple and satisfying. If you’re like me, you just want to plug it in and vape.
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