Does Jessica Paré from “Mad Men” have any plans to record an album? I bought her “Zou Bisou Bisou” single on iTunes.
—Bessie Zerman, Athens, Ga.
Paré, 32, is not a professional singer, and prior to singing “Zou Bisou Bisou” on “Mad Men,” her vocal experience consisted mainly of private performances in her car, the shower and around a few bonfires, but she says she really enjoyed the opportunity of going into a recording studio and laying down tracks.
“I think I have a bit of a rock fantasy, which I guess a lot of us do,” she says. “So it was definitely a thrill and such a gift to be given the opportunity to actually go and professionally record a song.”
Paré was greatly helped out in learning “Zou Bisou Bisou” by the fact that she is bilingual, so since she speaks French, she was able to understand the lyrics, instead of having to learn them phonetically.
And if the producers want the Montreal-born actress to sing again in the upcoming sixth season of the series, Paré is definitely up for it, saying, “It was an unfamiliar challenge. But one that I really wanted to meet, so yes, I absolutely hope that I have another opportunity to do something like that.”
She has no additional recording plans at this time with the continued focus being on acting. Paré comes by her love for the craft naturally. Her father was a drama teacher and her mother acted in amateur productions, so following graduation from a Catholic high school, she studied drama at TheatreWorks and launched her career in Canada.
She worked there predominantly until 2004, when she landed a role in the U.S. in “Wicker Park.” She went on to do the TV miniseries “Lives of the Saints,” the TV series “Jack & Bobby,” and the film “Hot Tub Time Machine,” before landing the role of Megan on “Mad Men.”