Chris DeRose plays a Jersey mob boss Joey Gammarra on Desire who belongs in jail. The actor Chris DeRose in real life has actually spent some time in jail. The actor is a huge animal rights activist and has spent time in jail for his work protesting animal testing and animal experimentation.
DeRose is actually the founder of three animal rights organizations:
The Sunset Greens
New Hope for Animals Foundation
Last Chance For Animals
You can learn more about Last Chance for Animal, an organization DeRose is the president and Founder on their website.