Jessica Pare is is a Canadian actress and singer, best Known For playing Megan Calvet Draper in the AMC period drama series Mad Men from 2010 to 2015. She is also known for her appearances in films like Stardom (2000), Lost and Delirious (2001), Wicker Park (2004), Suck (2009), Hot Tub Time Machine (2010), and Brooklyn (2015).
Jessica attended Villa Maria High School in Montreal, Quebec.
She learnt drama from TheatreWorks. She also went to Dawson College in Montreal to graduated in fine arts program, but dropped out and instead pursued acting for the next 2 years.
Father – Anthony Pare (Former chair of the education department at McGill University)
Mother – Louise Mercier (Conference Interpreter)
Siblings – She has 3 brothers.
Others – Paul (Uncle) (Comedian)
Early life and family
Pare was born in Montreal, Quebec, the daughter of Anthony Pare, former chair of the Education department at McGill University, and Louise Mercier, a conference interpreter. She grew up in the Montreal neighbourhood of Notre-Dame-de-Grâce with three brothers. She speaks both English and French.
Pare father was an actor and drama teacher who toured with a theatre company, and her mother acted in amateur productions; her uncle Paul was a comedian with the sketch comedy troupe Radio Free Vestibule. Pare would watch her father at rehearsals as a child and became interested in acting while helping him learn his lines for a production of The Tempest.
Relatives include great-grandfather Al Pare and great-great-uncles Noah and Henry Timmins. 18th-century Irish dramatist, fiction writer, essayist and actress Elizabeth Griffith is also an ancestor of Pare through her son, politician Richard Griffith.
Pare attended Villa Maria, a private Catholic high school in Montreal. She studied drama at TheatreWorks and appeared in over half a dozen amateur theatre productions as a teenager, including roles as Maid Marian in Robin Hood and Lucy in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.
Pare landed a small role in the television film Bonanno: A Godfather Story during her final year in high school, which convinced her to pursue acting as a career. She also had small roles in an episode of the horror television series Big Wolf on Campus and the French film En Vacances (1999). She dropped out of the fine arts program at Montreal Dawson College and pursued acting for two years. At one point, she worked as a photographer assistant on automotive photo shoots.
After Pare auditioned for a bit part for the independent film Stardom (2000), director Denys Arcand chose her to star in the film. She played a naive ice hockey player propelled to international stardom as a supermodel. The comedic satire closed the 2000 Cannes Film Festival with mixed reviews from critics. Pare became the Canadian film industry it girl following the film release. She was also voted one of the 25 Most Beautiful People of 2012, by People Magazine, one of only a few Canadian citizens to have ever been granted this designation, although she chose not to take the title very seriously.
Pare next starred in Lost and Delirious (2001), a story of two young lovers set in a girls’ boarding school. The film debuted to mixed reviews at the Sundance Film Festival. The performances of Pare and her co-stars were, however, widely praised. Pare appeared in the television miniseries Random Passage (2002), based on a series of award-winning novels by Bernice Morgan. Also that year, she appeared in the television miniseries Napoleon as the emperor mistress and had a cameo appearance as a pop singer in Deepa Mehta Bollywood/Hollywood (2002). The following year, she starred in the girl gang thriller film Posers (2003), after which she appeared in the CTV film The Death and Life of Nancy Eaton, in the title role of murdered heiress Nancy Eaton.
Pare made her Hollywood debut in the film Wicker Park (2004). That year, she also starred in the television miniseries Lives of the Saints, was in the mockumentary See This Movie (2004), and had a role in The WB teen drama series Jack andamp; Bobby, about two brothers, one whom grows up to be the President of the United States; Pare character grows up to be the First Lady.
Pare shot the CBS pilot Protect and Serve in 2007, co-starred in the independent French-Canadian romantic comedy Jusqu’à toi, and had a small role in The Trotsky (2008), a comedy filmed in Montreal.
She filmed Suck (2008), a vampire horror-comedy written and directed by Rob Stefaniuk, for which role she learned to play the bass guitar. Suck premiered at the 2009 Toronto International Film Festival as part of the Contemporary World Cinema programme. Pare was nominated for a 2010 Canadian Comedy Award for best female performance in film for the role.
Pare played a groupie in the comedy film Hot Tub Time Machine (2010). That year, she also appeared in the Canadian comedy Peepers, about pleasures in voyeurism. Peepers competed in the Just for Laughs film festival in Montreal in July 2010.
Also in 2010, Pare joined the cast of the AMC television series Mad Men, playing Don Draper second wife, Megan Calvet. Pare character had a prominent role in the Season 5 opener of Mad Men, in which she danced and sang a version of the 1960 Gillian Hills hit Zou Bisou Bisou. Her recording of the song was subsequently released as a download and on vinyl.
In 2011, Pare appeared in Beholder. The short film, directed by Nisha Ganatra, premiered as part of the ITVS/PBS series FutureStates. She also starred in The Mountie (also known as The Way of the West, and filmed under the working title of Red Coat Justice in 2009), a western about the North-West Mounted Police, filmed in a remote location outside of Whitehorse, Yukon, and in the comedic short Sorry, Rabbi, directed by Mark Slutsky.
In 2012, Pare appeared on stage with The Jesus and Mary Chain, singing Just Like Honey, for two concerts in Buffalo, New York and Toronto. That same year, she filmed the romantic comedy, Standby, in Luxembourg and Ireland; she plays the female lead, Alice. It was released in 2014.
In 2007, Pare married writer and producer Joseph M. Smith. They divorced in 2010.
As of May 2013, it was reported that she was dating musician John Kastner. In October 2014, Pare was reported to be expecting her first child with Kastner. On March 19, 2015, Pare gave birth to a son, who was named Blues Anthony Pare Kastner.
Pare is Catholic and a vegan. She identifies as a feminist, telling Fashion magazine, of course I’m a feminist… if you’re not for the equal treatment of men and women, then you’re a fascist.
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As a Singer
Jessica has contributed in various songs and has also performed in concerts with various bands.
Her debut song was released as “Zou Bisou Bisou” on March 26, 2012.
In 2000, she appeared in the comedy-drama film Stardom for her role as Tina Menzhal. It was her first feature film appearance.
Before that, she had appeared in a TV film Bonanno: A Godfather Story.
First TV Show
In 1990, Jessica appeared in HBO children series The Baby-Sitters Club in just one episode entitled “Mary Anne and the Brunettes.”
Jessica is a vegan.
She credits her shaped up body to strict diet. Jessica eats as much raw food as possible. For breakfast, she just eats a fruit. For lunch, she eats a salad.
She doesn’t eat wheat as well. Jessica has jokingly said that she is the world most annoying dinner guest.
She doesn’t exercise.
Jessica Pare Favorite Things
French Swear Word – Hostie
Band – The Jesus and Mary Chain
Nail Polish Color – OPI Simone Sand
Jessica Pare Facts
Jessica is fluent at English and French.
Jessica both parents have been linked to acting. Her dad was a drama teacher and her mom acted in amateur productions. But, these were not the main occupations of her parents.
Pare developed her interest in acting when she was helping her dad learn the lines in the production of Shakespeare The Tempest.
Before becoming famous as an actress, she has worked on automotive photo shoots as photographer assistant.
Jessica one of the paternal great-grandmothers was Australian.
TV series Mad Men (2010-2015) resembled Jessica in real life as well. For instance, both Megan Calvet Draper and Jessica are from Montreal, and also, her reel life and real life character dad was a college professor.