Jessica Paré

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Jessica Paré
Jessica Paré (2012).jpg
Jessica Paré at a Canadian Film Centre & Variety-hosted reception for the Telefilm Canada Features Comedy Lab, in March 2012
Born (1980-12-05) December 5, 1980 (age 33)
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Occupation Actress, singer
Years active 1999–present
Spouse(s) Joseph M. Smith (m. 2007; div. 2010)

Jessica Paré (born December 5, 1980)[1] is a Canadian film and television actress and singer. She has appeared in the films Stardom (2000), Lost and Delirious (2001), Wicker Park (2004), Hot Tub Time Machine (2010), and co-starred in the vampire horror-comedy Suck (2009). She stars as Megan Draper on the AMC television series Mad Men.

Early life[edit]

Paré was born in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, the daughter of Anthony Paré, the 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 and has three brothers.[2] Paré is bilingual, speaking both English and French.[2] Her family is Catholic.[3]

Paré's parents were both actors: her father was a drama teacher and toured with a theatre company, and her mother acted in amateur productions. Paré would watch her father at rehearsals as a child and became interested in acting herself when helping him learn his lines for The Tempest.[4] She attended Villa Maria, a private Catholic girl's high school in Montreal. Paré 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.[5]

Career[edit]

Paré landed a small role in the mafia TV movie, Bonanno: A Godfather's Story, during her final year in high school, which convinced her to pursue acting as a career.[6] She also found small roles in an episode of the horror/teen TV series Big Wolf on Campus and the French film En Vacances in 1999. She dropped out of the fine arts program at Montreal's Dawson College and pursued acting for two years.[2] At one point, she worked as a photographer's assistant on automotive photo shoots.[7] After Paré auditioned for a bit part for the independent film Stardom (2000), director Denys Arcand chose her to star in the film.[2] She played a naive ice hockey player propelled to international stardom as a supermodel, co-starring with Dan Aykroyd. The comedic satire closed the 2000 Cannes Film Festival with mixed reviews from critics.[8] Paré became the Canadian film industry’s "it girl" following the film's release.[9] She was also voted one of the 25 most beautiful people in Canada by a Canadian magazine,[which?] but she did not take the title very seriously.[10]

Paré next starred in Lost and Delirious (2001), opposite Piper Perabo, a story of two young lovers set in a girls' boarding school. The film was the English-language debut of director Léa Pool and debuted to mixed reviews at the Sundance Film Festival. The performances of Paré and her co-stars Piper Perabo and Mischa Barton were, however, widely praised.[11] Paré appeared in the miniseries Random Passage in 2002, based on a series of award-winning novels by Bernice Morgan and set in Newfoundland in the 1800s.[12] Also that year, she appeared in the miniseries Napoléon as the emperor’s mistress and had a cameo as a pop singer in Deepa Mehta's Bollywood/Hollywood (2002). In 2003, she starred in the girl gang thriller Posers (2003),[citation needed] after which Paré appeared in the CTV miniseries The Death and Life of Nancy Eaton (2003), directed by Jerry Ciccoritti, in the title role of murdered heiress Nancy Eaton.[citation needed]

Paré made her Hollywood film debut in the 2004 feature Wicker Park, directed by Paul McGuigan, as Josh Hartnett's fiancee. Paré starred in Lives of the Saints that year, with Sophia Loren and Kris Kristofferson, a TV miniseries set in the 1960s. She was in the mockumentary See This Movie (2004), with Seth Meyers and John Cho, and had a role on the teen drama series Jack & Bobby that year. The WB television series was about two brothers, one who grows up to be President of the United States; Paré's character, Courtney Benedict, grows up to be First Lady. Paré shot the CBS TV pilot Protect and Serve with Dean Cain in 2007.[13] and filmed the independent French-Canadian romantic comedy Jusqu'à toi that year. Paré co-starred as Liza, along with Justin Bartha, Mélanie Laurent, and Billy Boyd.[14]

She had a small role in The Trotsky, a comedy filmed in Montreal in late-2008, directed by Jacob Tierney[15] and filmed Suck, beginning in November 2008, a vampire horror-comedy written and directed by Rob Stefaniuk.[16] Paré learned to play the bass guitar for the role.[17] Suck premiered at the 2009 Toronto International Film Festival as part of the Contemporary World Cinema programme. She was nominated for a 2010 Canadian Comedy Award for best female performance in film for the role.[18]

Paré filmed Red Coat Justice by Wyeth Clarkson in 2009.[9] She played a groupie opposite Craig Robinson in the 2010 comedy Hot Tub Time Machine.[19] That year, Paré also appears in the Canadian comedy Peepers, written and directed by Seth W. Owen, along with Joe Cobden, Paul Spence, and Ricky Mabe. The film, about pleasures in voyeurism, competed in the Just for Laughs film festival in Montreal in July 2010.[20] Also in 2010, Paré joined the cast of the AMC television series Mad Men, playing Megan Calvet, Don Draper's second wife and a Sterling Cooper Draper Price secretary.[21] Originally from Montreal, Megan is bilingual in English and French. Paré's 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[22] "Zou Bisou Bisou".[23] Her recording of the song was subsequently released as a download and on vinyl.[24]

In 2011, Paré appeared in Beholder, alongside Elaine Hendrix, Michael McMillian, and Rupak Ginn. The short film, directed by Nisha Ganatra, premiered as part of the ITVS/PBS series, FutureStates.[25] She also starred in The Way of the West, a western about the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, filmed in a remote location outside of Whitehorse, Yukon,[26] and in the comedic short, Sorry, Rabbi, directed by Mark Slutsky.[27] In 2012, Paré appeared on stage with the Jesus and Mary Chain, singing the alternative rock band's song, "Just Like Honey", for two concerts in Buffalo, New York and Toronto.[28] She filmed the romantic comedy, Standby, in Luxembourg and Ireland in mid-2012; she plays the female lead, Alice, in the low-budget feature film.[29]

Personal life[edit]

She married American writer and producer Joe Smith in 2007, but the couple has since divorced.[30] As of May 2012, she was dating Montreal musician John Kastner, lead singer for punk bands Asexuals and Doughboys.[31][32][33][34][35]

Filmography[edit]

Paré in September 2009

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2000 Stardom Tina Menzhal
2000 Holiday Carole
2000 Possible Worlds Party Guest #1
2001 Lost and Delirious Victoria "Tori" Moller
2002 Bollywood/Hollywood Kimberly
2003 Posers Adria
2004 See This Movie Samantha Brown
2004 Wicker Park Rebecca
2009 Jusqu'à toi Liza
2009 Trotsky, TheThe Trotsky Laura
2009 Suck Jennifer
2010 Hot Tub Time Machine Tara
2010 Peepers Helen
2011 Sorry, Rabbi Marie-Helene Short film
2011 Beholder Sasha Short film
2011 Way of the West, TheThe Way of the West Amethyst
2013 Standby Alice Post-production

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1990 Baby-Sitters Club, TheThe Baby-Sitters Club Episode: "Mary Anne and the Brunettes"
1999 Bonanno: A Goddfather's Story Rosalie Profaci TV film
1999 Big Wolf on Campus Tanya Episode: "Time and Again"
2002 Napoléon Eleanore Denuelle Episode: "1800-1807"
2002 Random Passage Annie Vincent (age 15) TV miniseries
2003 Death and Life of Nancy Eaton, TheThe Death and Life of Nancy Eaton Nancy Eaton TV film
2004 Lives of the Saints Rita Amherst TV film
2004-2005 Jack & Bobby Courtney Benedict Main role (21 episodes)
2007 Protect and Serve Hope Cook TV film
2007 Life Julia Episode: "The Fallen Woman"
2010-2013 Mad Men Megan Calvet Draper Regular role (31 episodes)
2013 Satisfaction Robyn Episode: "First Contact"

Discography[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Yuan, Jada (May 2012). "The Vulture Transcript: Jessica Paré on Mad Men, Being Canadian, and Ice Loves Coco". Vulture. Retrieved on May 23, 2012
  2. ^ a b c d Kirkland, Bruce (September 6, 2000). "Fresh face of Stardom". Jam!. Retrieved on October 2, 2007.
  3. ^ Hochberg, Mina (18 October 2010). [1]. AMCtv.com.
  4. ^ "Kaleidoscope". October 19, 2000. McGill Reporter. Retrieved on October 2, 2007.
  5. ^ Johnson, Brian D. (June 5, 2000). "Cannes Film Festival 2000". Maclean's. Retrieved on October 25, 2010.
  6. ^ "Flare.com Asks... Jessica Paré". December 2004. Flare. Retrieved on October 6, 2007. Wayback Machine archive
  7. ^ Hochberg, Mina. "Q&A - Jessica Paré (Megan)", AMC website, October 17, 2010. WebCitation archive.
  8. ^ Buchanan, Jason. "Jessica Paré Biography". Allmovie. Retrieved on July 10, 2010.
  9. ^ a b Wilner, Norman (September 1, 2009). "Jessica Paré". Now. Vol. 29, No. 1. Retrieved on September 6, 2009.
  10. ^ Anderson, Jason (October 26, 2000). "Shooting stars". Eye Weekly. Retrieved on October 25, 2010.
  11. ^ "Lost and Delirious". murphysmoviereviews. 21 December 2001. Retrieved 26 May 2013. 
  12. ^ Valade, Claire (Fall 2000). "From sea to sea: Montreal". Take One. Retrieved on October 25, 2010.
  13. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (March 14, 2007) "Dean Cain serving in CBS' "Protect" squad". Reuters. Retrieved on September 19, 2011.
  14. ^ Goldstein, Gregg (August 29, 2007). "Four fitted for bilingual 'Shoe'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved on October 4, 2007.
  15. ^ Bailey, Patricia (September 29, 2008). "Tierneys team up on Trotsky". Playback. Retrieved on November 10, 2008.
  16. ^ Vlessing, Etan (November 12, 2008). "McDowell, Paré, Foley sink teeth into 'Suck'", The Hollywood Reporter, November 13, 2008.
  17. ^ Demara, Bruce (December 5, 2008). "Blood, guts and rock 'n' roll". Toronto Star. Retrieved on December 10, 2008.
  18. ^ Less Than Kind leads comedy nominees". CBC News. June 22, 2010. Retrieved on July 4, 2010.
  19. ^ Burr, Ty (March 26, 2010). "'Hot Tub Time Machine' movie review". The Boston Globe. Retrieved on June 28, 2010.
  20. ^ Griffith, John (July 10, 2010). "A lean, mean laugh machine". The Montreal Gazette. Retrieved on July 11, 2010.
  21. ^ Corliss, Richard (August 20, 2010). "Mad Men Watch: Weekend Update". Tuned In. Time. Retrieved on August 20, 2010.
  22. ^ Streib, Lauren (March 25, 2012). "‘Mad Men’ Premiere: A History of ‘Zou Bisou Bisou,’ Megan’s Sultry Song to Don". The Daily Beast. 
  23. ^ Keveney, Bill (March 26, 2012). "Jessica Paré gets the world humming 'Zou Bisou Bisou'". USA Today. 
  24. ^ a b Marikar, Sheila (March 26, 2012). "‘Mad Men’ Actress Lip-Synced ‘Zou Bisou Bisou’". ABC News. Retrieved March 26, 2012. 
  25. ^ Ganatra, Nisha (March 19, 2011). "On Location: The making of "Beholder" (Part 2)". After Ellen. Retrieved on September 19, 2011.
  26. ^ MacDonald, Gayle (June 29, 2011). "With 'The Mountie,' Wyeth Clarkson gives a Canadian icon a reboot". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved on September 19, 2011.
  27. ^ Kelly, Brendan (June 17, 2011). "Did you hear the one about ...?". The Gazette. Retrieved on September 19, 2011.
  28. ^ "Mad Men' Star Jessica Pare Jams With Jesus And Mary Chain". Rolling Stone. August 6, 2012. Retrieved on April 7, 2013.
  29. ^ Cummins, Steve (August 16, 2012). "Exclusive: ‘Mad Men’ Actress Jessica Paré To Shoot ‘Standby’ In Dublin". IFTN. Retrieved on December 24, 2012.
  30. ^ Yuan, Jada (May 13, 2012). "The Boss's Wife". New York. Retrieved on February 8, 2013
  31. ^ Fraser, Malcolm (May 12, 2011). "Home and Away". Montreal Mirror. Retrieved on May 2, 2012.
  32. ^ Kelly, Brendan (April 2, 2012). "[2]". The Gazette. Retrieved on April 28, 2013.
  33. ^ Nelson, Liz Kelly (March 25, 2013). "[3]". MyDesert.com. Retrieved on April 28, 2013.
  34. ^ Di Iorgi, Katerina (April 28, 2013). "[4]". [5]. Retrieved on April 28, 2013.
  35. ^ The Gazette (June 2, 2012) P. E-3 Doroschuk says Hats' new album reflects 'general unease'

References[edit]

  • "Jessica Paré". Encore Entertainment. Retrieved on October 3, 2007.
  • Loos, Ted (November 2000). "Jessica Paré". Interview.

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