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Short Info

Net Worth$1 million
Date Of BirthDecember 5, 1980
SpouseJoseph M. Smith
FactHas been in a relationship with musician John Kastner since May 2012. They have a son, Blues Anthony Pare Kastner, together.

  •  Jessica Pare, born on December 5, 1980, in Montreal, gained recognition through her roles in “Stardom” and “Lost and Delirious,” leading to a successful acting career in Canada and the U.S.
  • Raised in a French-Canadian family, Jessica’s interest in acting was influenced by her parents. She attended Villa Maria Catholic High School and later Dawson College.
  • Jessica’s acting career includes diverse roles in films and TV shows, notably in “Mad Men” as Megan Draper and in “SEAL Team.”
  • She was married to Joseph Smith, with whom she has a son. She is also a musician, having learned to play the bass guitar for a film role.
  • With a net worth of around $6 million as of 2024, Jessica maintains a presence on social media, specifically Instagram and Facebook, balancing her public and private life.

Who is Jessica Pare?

Jessica Pare, a Canadian actress and musician, was born in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, on 5 December 5 1980. At 43 years old, she made her mark in the entertainment industry with her notable roles in the early 2000s. Her breakout performances in “Stardom” and “Lost and Delirious” garnered widespread attention. She continued to leave her mark with significant appearances in projects such as “Random Passage” and “Lives of the Saints.” Her portrayal in the latter was so exceptional that the entire show earned two Gemini Award nominations. Beyond her contributions to Canadian cinema and television, Jessica has also made impactful contributions to American productions with some of her finest and most critically acclaimed work.

Early Life and Ancestry: Growing Up in Quebec

Jessica was raised in a French-Canadian household, where intellectual pursuits were highly valued. Her father, Anthony Pare, served as the head of the Education department at McGill University, while her mother, Louise Mercier, established herself as a conference interpreter with a career spanning multiple decades. Growing up in the affluent neighborhood of Notre-Dame-de-Grace in Montreal, Jessica shared her upbringing with three older brothers. Her mother’s emphasis on bilingualism led Jessica to become proficient in both French and English from an early age.

The roots of Jessica’s passion for acting trace back to her upbringing, where both her parents played pivotal roles in nurturing her interest. Her mother and father were actively involved in the world of amateur productions and drama instruction. Jessica credits a significant moment with her father for igniting her interest in acting, recalling how rehearsing lines from “The Tempest” together sparked her fascination with the craft.

Jessica made her acting debut at the age of ten in an episode of “The Baby-Sitters Club.” Beyond her own achievements, Jessica hails from a lineage with its own share of prominence. Her great-grandfather, Alphonse Pare, achieved fame as an engineer, while her maternal lineage traces back to Elizabeth Griffith. This lady was an illustrious figure of the 18th century renowned for her talents as an essayist, writer, and actress.

CategoryInformation
Full NameJessica Paré
Known ForActing in “Stardom”, “Lost and Delirious”, “Mad Men”, “SEAL Team”
Profession/OccupationActress, Musician
EducationAttended Villa Maria Catholic High School; Dawson College
Net Worth (as of 2024)Approximately $6 million​​​​​​
SpouseJoseph M. Smith (m. 2007; div. 2010)
ChildrenOne son, Blues Anthony Paré Kastner
SiblingsThree older brothers
ParentsFather: Anthony Paré; Mother: Louise Mercier
Date of BirthDecember 5, 1980
Zodiac SignSagittarius
Place of BirthMontreal, Quebec, Canada
NationalityCanadian
EthnicityCaucasian
Hair ColorDark Brown
Eye ColorBlue
GenderFemale
Height5 feet 9 inches (175 cm)
WeightApproximately 132 lbs (60 kg)
Measurements35-25-35
AwardsNominated for Canadian Comedy Award for “Suck”​​
Notable Works/Awards“Stardom”, “Lost and Delirious”, “Mad Men”, “SEAL Team”
HobbiesPhotography, playing bass guitar (for role in “Suck”)
Social Profile LinksInstagram, Facebook

Education and Acting as an Option

Jessica started attending Villa Maria, an esteemed Catholic high school for girls in Montreal, in 1995. It was during her final year there that she secured a part in a modest television film named “Bonanno: A Godfather’s Story.” The positive feedback from both her peers and critics alike sparked her consideration of acting as a viable career option. Following her graduation from Villa Maria, she entered Dawson College, intending to pursue their fine arts program. However, her attendance was sporadic as she devoted much of her time to studying drama at TheatreWorks concurrently. Eventually, she made the decision to leave college altogether in pursuit of an acting career, aspiring to establish her own identity in the industry.

Jessica Pare

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

Although Jessica’s initial experience with acting occurred at the age of 10, her significant breakthroughs came with roles in “Bonanno: A Godfather’s Story” and “Big Wolf on Campus,” where she tackled two distinct yet challenging acting styles. These performances paved the way for her portrayal of Tina Menzhal in “Stardom,” a narrative centered around a young woman inadvertently drawn into the world of supermodels, glamour, and extravagant parties.

Shortly thereafter, she featured in “En vacances” (“Holiday” in English), a 2000 French film revolving around a family reflecting on their Christmas predictions from a decade prior. Her performance in “Lost and Delirious” garnered widespread acclaim for its honesty and brilliance. Following two smaller roles in French productions, she took the lead in “Posers,” a 2003 film depicting the story of girls who opt to establish a gang.

In 2004, Jessica portrayed Nancy Eaton in “Deadly Friends.” During this period, she also explored photography, occasionally assisting photographers during automotive events and photoshoots.

Continued Success: Jack & Bobby, Satisfaction, Mad Men

Jessica is also well-recognized by fans for her appearance in 21 episodes of “Jack & Bobby,” a teen drama about two brothers who frequently quarrel as children. One of the boys eventually grows up to become America’s President. Following this, she delivered outstanding performances in “Brooklyn,” “Satisfaction,” and “The Trotsky.”

Nevertheless, her most significant career milestone came with her portrayal of Megan Draper in “Mad Men,” where she starred alongside John Hamm and Elisabeth Moss, featuring in a total of 49 episodes.

In more recent times, Jessica’s professional engagements have become less frequent; however, she maintains a consistent role as Mandy Ellis in “SEAL Team“, a series depicting the perilous top-secret missions undertaken by US Navy SEALs.

She is currently working on “,” a story about a bearded girl who is tired of being considered a ‘freak.’

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

Jessica is presently not married and it’s not known if she’s in a relationship. She tied the knot with Joseph Smith, a writer and producer, in 2007, but they opted to separate in 2010. By mid-2012, Jessica was spotted holding hands with John Kastner, the vocalist of the renowned Canadian hardcore band, The Asexuals; she even made appearances alongside them in performances. On 19 March 2015, the couple celebrated the arrival of their first child, a son named Blues Anthony Paré Kastner.

During her teenage years, she attempted to secure a modeling position but was rejected on the basis of being deemed “too overweight.” Another intriguing detail about this gifted actress is her unwavering commitment to her role in “Suck” – she went to the extent of mastering the bass guitar for the part.

What is Jessica Pare’s Net Worth?

According to authoritative sources, Jessica Pare has a net worth of approximately $6 million, as of 2024, 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.

 

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Body Measurements: How Tall is Jessica Pare?

Jessica stands at a height of 5 feet 9 inches (175 centimeters) and weighs approximately 132 pounds (60 kilograms). Her body measurements are recorded as 35-25-35. She possesses captivating blue eyes and dark brown, nearly black hair.

Social Media Presence

Similar to many other actresses, Jessica recognizes the significance of social media for connecting with her fans. Nonetheless, she opts to maintain boundaries regarding her personal life online. As a result, she solely maintains profiles on Instagram and Facebook, boasting over 85,000 and 3,100 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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