The former Catholic school girl from Queens graduated from film school at NYU's competitive Tisch School of the Arts (where she took Spanish with Rush Hour director Brett Ratner).
The program creator knew that nobody is similar to another and saw the importance of not generalizing the program.
"Big Huge Thank You for all the Birthday wishes," he captioned the sweet photo.
"And for all the blessings on my engagement to this kitty cat ...
I kept saying to him, 'Man, it's because you're a great actor and you can handle the material and people are going to feel for you because you're going to know how to play it out.
Drea de Matteo is currently engaged to Michael Devin.