Known for movies

Short Info

Net Worth$1 million
Date Of BirthDecember 5, 1980
SpouseJoseph M. Smith
FactOn Mad Men (2007), her character is from Montreal, as Jessica is in real life.


Who is Jessica Pare?

Born on 5 December 1980, in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, under the archer’s sign of Sagittarius, Jessica Pare is a 38-year-old Canadian actress and musician. She first attracted the attention of the wider public with her role in 2000’s “Stardom”, and subsequently in “Lost and Delirious” in 2001. Her other significant appearances have been in “Lives of the Saints”, and also “Random Passage”, in which her performance was so good that the whole show was nominated for a Gemini Award twice. In addition to Canadian films and shows, Jessica is active in American productions, where she has some of her best and most critically-acclaimed performances.

Early Life and Ancestry: Growing Up in Quebec

Jessica was born into a French-Canadian family – her father, Anthony Pare, was the head of the Education department at McGill University, and her mother Louise Mercier was also an intellectual, with a multi-decade-long career in conference interpreting. She grew up in one of the more affluent neighbourhoods of Montreal – Notre-Dame-de-Grace, with three older brothers. Due to her mother’s insistence, she learned both French and English as a child. If you’re looking for the reason why Jessica chose acting, look no further than her mother and father, who dabbled in amateur productions and teaching drama, respectively. Jessica said that she really became interested in being an actress when she rehearsed lines from “The Tempest” with her dad. Her first acting credit was in “The Baby-Sitters Club “, in the episode “Mary Anne and the Brunettes”, when she was only ten years-old. Unbeknownst to most, her ancestors were also celebrities – Alphonse Pare, her great-grandfather was a famous engineer, while her mother is descended from Elizabeth Griffith, an 18th century Welsh-Irish actress, writer and essayist.

Education and Acting as an Option

In 1995, Jessica enrolled at Villa Maria, a prestigious all-girl Catholic high school in Montreal. During her senior year, she managed to land a role in a small-time television movie called “Bonanno: A Godfather’s Story”, which was well-received by her friends and critics alike, which prompted her to think about acting as a legitimate profession in life. After matriculating from Villa Maria, she enrolled at Dawson College, with a focus on their fine arts program, but rarely attended classes, mostly because she studied drama at TheatreWorks at the same time. Pare eventually dropped out of college to pursue a career in acting, and hopefully make a name for herself.

Jessica Pare

Career Beginnings: TV Movies, Big Wolf on Campus, Stardom

While she had a foray into acting at the age of 10, Jessica’s first big roles were in “Bonanno: A Godfather’s Story” and “Big Wolf on Campus”, where she tried her hand at two dissimilar but both very difficult styles of acting. This propelled her to the role of Tina Menzhal in “Stardom”, which tells the tale of a young girl being inadvertently ‘sucked into the world of supermodels, glamour and wild parties. Almost immediately afterwards, she appeared in “En vacances” (“Holiday” in English), a 2000 French movie centered around a family looking back at their Christmas predictions from ten years ago. Her role in “Lost and Delirious” was widely praised as ‘candid and brilliant’, then after two smaller roles in French shows, she was the star of “Posers”, a 2003 film about girls who have decided to form a gang. 2004 saw Jessica take on the role of Nancy Eaton in “Deadly Friends”.

Around this time, Jessica also tried her hand at photography, sporadically working as an assistant photographer during automotive events and photoshoots.

Continued Success: Jack & Bobby, Satisfaction, Mad Men

Fans also remember Jessica for her role in21 episodes of “Jack & Bobby”, a teen drama about two brothers who argue a lot when they’re kids, but one ends up being the President of the United States. Afterwards, she delivered excellent performances in “Satisfaction”, “The Trotsky” and “Brooklyn”. However, her greatest career achievement was the role of Megan Draper in “Mad Men”, co-starring alongside John Hamm and Elisabeth Moss, appearing in a total of 49 episodes. In recent years, Jessica has been less active, however, her one constant role is in “SEAL Team”, as Mandy Ellis, a series about the most dangerous top secret missions by US Navy SEALs.

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Personal Life: Is Jessica Pare Married? Does She Have Any Children?

Jessica Pare is currently unmarried; in 2007 she married Joseph Smith, a writer and producer, but they decided to split-up in 2010. In mid-2012, Jessica was seen holding hands with John Kastner, the singer of popular Canadian hardcore band, The Asexuals; she even performed with them on a number of occasions. On 19 March 2015, the couple welcomed their first child into the world, a boy named Blues Anthony Paré Kastner.

When she was a teenager, she applied for a modeling job, but was dismissed because she was ‘too fat’. Another fun fact about this talented actress is that she was so determined to ace her role in “Suck”, that she actually learned how to play bass.

What is Jessica Pare’s Net Worth?

According to authoritative sources, Jessica Pare has a net worth of approximately $2 million, as of mid-2019, accumulated through appearances in a wide array of movies and TV shows, both in Canada and in the US. If she continues picking the right parts, we might see her wealth rise in the near future.

Body Measurements: How Tall is Jessica Pare?

Jessica Pare is 5ft 9in (175cm) tall, weighs around 132lbs (60kgs), and her vital statistics are 35-25-35. She has blue eyes and dark brown, almost black hair.

Social Media Presence

Like every actress, Jessica understands the importance of social media as a marketing tool and as a way to engage with her audience. However, she doesn’t want to share too much about her private life online. Thus, she only has profiles on Instagram and Facebook, with 50,000 and 2,600 followers, respectively.

General Info

Full NameJessica Paré
Net Worth$1 million
Date Of BirthDecember 5, 1980
Height1.75 m
ProfessionActor, Singer
EducationVilla Maria, Dawson College
NationalityCanadian

Family

SpouseJoseph M. Smith
ChildrenBlues Anthony Paré Kastner
ParentsAnthony Paré, Louise Mercier
PartnerJohn Kastner

Accomplishments

NominationsScreen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series, Canadian Comedy Award for Multimedia / Best Female Performance in a Feature
MoviesLost and Delirious, Hot Tub Time Machine, Stardom, Wicker Park, Bollywood/Hollywood, Bonanno: A Godfather's Story, Lives of the Saints, The Way of the West, The Death and Life of Nancy Eaton, The Trotsky, Suck, See This Movie, Posers, Random Passage, Jusqu'à toi, Possible Worlds, Standby, Peepers, ...
TV ShowsMad Men, Jack & Bobby

Social profile links

Quotes

#Quote
1I'm very much at home in drama and I identify as melodramatic. But I want to do everything. For me the thing that I gravitate toward, other then character and writing, is collaboration. I love the collaborative aspect of television and film, and I like the marriage of technology and craft and art. I just want to keep working.
2When the time comes when nobody cares about me anymore and nobody wants to see my face anymore, then that's fine, too. It's totally normal.

Facts

#Fact
1Gave birth to her 1st child at age 34, a son named Blues Anthony Paré Kastner on March 19, 2015. Child's father is her boyfriend, John Kastner.
2Has been in a relationship with musician John Kastner since May 2012. They have a son, Blues Anthony Pare Kastner, together.
3While being interviewed on Conan (2010), she joked that she's a stereotypical Canadian because she'll say "I'm sorry", even when bumping into inanimate objects.
4One of her paternal great-grandmothers was Australian.
5Currently resides in LA to be able to film her new WB series, Jack & Bobby (2004). [July 2004]
6According to Paré's own pronunciation on a DVD commentary for a Mad Men (2007) episode, her last name is pronounced the same way the name "Perry" would be in American English.
7Is a vegetarian.
8Ranked #37 in "The Annual Independent Critics List of the 100 Most Beautiful Famous Faces From Around the World" for 2010.
9On Mad Men (2007), her character is from Montreal, as Jessica is in real life.
10On Mad Men (2007), her character mentions that her father is a college professor. In real life, Jessica's father is a college professor.
11She attended Montreal College.
12Jessica speaks French.
13Her father, Anthony Paré, is chair of the Department of Educational Studies at McGill University. Her mother is Louise Mercier, a translator.

Pictures

Movies

Actress

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Meditation Park2018pre-productionDylan
Someone Else's Wedding2017filmingCarrie
Queen BeeannouncedQueen Bee
Lovesick2016/ILauren
The Interestings2016TV MovieAsh Wolf
Mad Men2010-2015TV SeriesMegan Draper Megan Calvet
Brooklyn2015Miss Fortini
Standby2014/IAlice
Robot Chicken2014TV SeriesKristy Thomas Betty Ann Karin Lane ...
Jessica Paré Can Eat Whatever She Wants2014Short
Satisfaction2013TV SeriesRobin
Sorry, Rabbi2011ShortMarie-Helene
The Way of the West2011Amethyst
Futurestates2011TV SeriesSasha
Peepers2010Helen
Hot Tub Time Machine2010Tara
Suck2009Jennifer
The Trotsky2009Laura
Jusqu'2009Liza
Protect and Serve2007TV MovieHope Cook
Life2007TV SeriesJulia
Jack & Bobby2004-2005TV SeriesCourtney Benedict
Lives of the Saints2004TV MovieRita Amherst
Wicker Park2004Rebecca
See This Movie2004Samantha Brown
The Death and Life of Nancy Eaton2003TV MovieNancy Eaton
Posers2003Adria
Napoléon2002TV Mini-SeriesEleanore Denuelle
Bollywood/Hollywood2002Kimberly
Random Passage2002TV Mini-SeriesAnnie Vincent (age 15)
Lost and Delirious2001Victoria 'Tori' Moller
Possible Worlds2000Party Guest #1
En vacances2000Carole
Stardom2000Tina Menzhal
Big Wolf on Campus1999TV SeriesTanya
Bonanno: A Godfather's Story1999TV MovieRosalie Profaci
The Baby-Sitters Club1990TV SeriesKathi

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Mad Men2012TV Series performer - 1 episode

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Brooklyn: Featurette2016Video shortHerself / Miss Fortini
CBS News Sunday Morning2015TV Series documentaryHerself
The Hollywood Reporter Roundtables2014TV SeriesHerself
Conan2014TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Jimmy Kimmel Live!2014TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Live with Kelly and Michael2013TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon2013TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The 11th Annual Canadian Comedy Awards2010TV SpecialHerself - Presenter / Nominee
Down to the Crossroads or How to Make a Movie 'Suck'2010TV Movie documentaryHerself

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Brooklyn: Deleted Scenes2016Video shortMiss Fortini (uncredited)
Weird Sex and Snowshoes: A Trek Through the Canadian Cinematic Psyche2004TV Movie documentaryVictoria 'Tori' Moller

Awards

Won Awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovie
2013Lucy AwardWomen in Film Lucy AwardsMad Men (2007)

Nominated Awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovie
2013ActorScreen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama SeriesMad Men (2007)
2012Gold Derby TV AwardGold Derby AwardsBreakthrough Performer of the YearMad Men (2007)
2012OFTA Television AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest Actress in a Drama SeriesMad Men (2007)
2011Chainsaw AwardFangoria Chainsaw AwardsBest Supporting ActressSuck (2009)
2011ActorScreen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama SeriesMad Men (2007)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia
Author

Benjy is currently a reporter for BiographyPedia based in Adelaide, Australia. Prior to joining BiographyPedia in July 2019, he was a Bizarre TV reporter and theatre critic at TheSun. Benjy has also written for DailyMail and TMZ. Benjy studied journalism at Goldsmiths University of London, graduating in 2009. You can contact him at [email protected]

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