I am one of the few people who doesn't watch "Mad Men," but I have been paying attention to what goes on — from the outside. While she isn't an original cast member of the show, one actor that has been getting more press is Jessica Paré.
Yesterday was the final episode for Season 5 of "Mad Men," so if you missed her on the show, you can go back and check out the reruns from the past season.
Being Don Draper's new wife has made Paré a target of good and bad reaction, based on how viewers feel about the shift in plot.
One nice touch from the creators of "Mad Men" is that Megan, Paré's character, is from Montréal and bilingual, just like Paré in real life.
Paré sang a cover of "Zou Bisou Bisou" in the Season 5 premiere (video above). This gives viewers a chance to see and hear Paré as bilingual, which can improve Americans desire to see some of Paré's lesser known work.
Depending on where you come from in the media landscape, you might know Paré from Denys Arcand's hilarious spoof "Stardom," where Paré plays a ice hockey player turned model. Or you might know her from "Lost and Delirious" about lesbian lovers in a girls' boarding school (Mischa Barton plays the awkward third roommate).
If you're a young guy, chances are you know her from "Hot Tub Time Machine" though hopefully you won't judge her acting ability by that film.
And regular readers might remember my impression of her leading role in "Suck" — which didn't suck.
While Paré can legitimately act, some focus on her sizable, er, assets. Though Paré comes up short compared to cast member Christina Hendricks. Still, in good roles, Paré has proven herself well in drama and comedy.
Paré's Canadian sensibility has kept her partially hidden, but she has had enough American exposure to make audiences more curious about her work on both sides of the border.
The fact that she carried "Stardom" at age 20 in her first significant acting role speaks wonders about her talents.