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Men may be going mad for her now, but who was Jessica Paré before "Mad Men?"
The actress has attracted a fair bit of buzz after her super-sexy rendition of the '60s hit "Zou Bisou Bisou" on the "Mad Men" season premiere, but the 29-year-old native Montrealer is actually a 13-year veteran of the screen.
Paré reportedly caught the acting bug from her parents; her father taught drama and toured with a theatre company while her mother acted in amateur productions. When Paré helped her dad learn his lines for "The Tempest," she realized that she, too, wanted a career in acting.
After studying drama with a New York touring production company, Paré appeared in a handful of amateur shows before landing a role in the 1999 mafia TV movie "Bonanno: A Godfather's Story." After a small role in the YTV teen series "Big Wolf on Campus," the actress got a break in the Canadian film "Stardom," playing a teenage hockey player who makes the A-list after landing a modeling contract.
Paré's next big-screen venture, the Canadian film "Lost and Delirious," earned plenty of praise from the critics for its heartbreaking tale of young love at a girls' boarding school. She co-starred with "Coyote Ugly" actress Piper Perabo and a pre-"O.C." Mischa Barton.
A year later, Paré showed off a talent for dance as a pop star in the opening credits of "Bollywood/Hollywood" -- though this time, she was lip-synching instead of using her real voice.
In 2004, Paré became somewhat ubiquitous in the U.S., thanks to her American film debut in the psychological thriller "Wicker Park" and a recurring role in the WB series "Jack & Bobby" as the teen version of the future first lady. Sadly, the series lasted only one season.
Three years later, Paré returned to Canada to appear in the vampire comedy "Suck," playing a bass player in a band that suddenly finds success after her character is turned into a blood sucker.
But, finally, after 13 years in show business, the French Canadian finally hit the big time south of the border in 2010. After a very memorable topless scene in the comedy "Hot Tub Time Machine" (sorry, fellas, you'll have to Google that yourselves!), Paré landed the high-profile role of Megan, Sterling Cooper Draper Price copywriter and Don Draper's new wife.
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