Actress Jessica Pare finds fame with TV's "Mad Men"

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By Jill Serjeant

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - With her coquettish French song "Zou Bisou Bisou" and her sex scenes with new screen husband Don Draper, little-known French-Canadian actress Jessica Pare was the breakout star of TV advertising drama "Mad Men" last season.

Pare, 30, returns on Sunday as Megan Draper, the most vibrant of Don Draper's mysterious assets, while her character forges ahead with her new career as an actress in late 1960s New York.

Reuters spoke with Pare about playing Megan, how she deals with her new found fame, and the hardest thing about being part of "Mad Men."

Q: You were the delightful surprise of last season and your character is now becoming a star in her own right. What's it like being back again?

A: Last season was nerve wracking for me because I felt like the stakes were a lot higher, whereas before I had nothing to lose ... I was nervous to do really well and that people would like me. (After a while) because I was on set almost every day of the week I was too busy to be thinking about those things and what the audience might think. That's not my job. I am there to tell Megan's story.

Q: How would you describe Megan as a person?

A: She is very optimistic. She is very joyful, vibrant and passionate about life. I think that last season we saw her make a really interesting choice to pursue her passion for performing, despite the fact that she had a very comfortable, very interesting job and she was good at it.

(In the new season) she has the acting job, she is finally working. She has the career of her dreams and the man of her dreams. She sees a Don that nobody else sees. She sees this amazing, romantic, handsome, dynamic, fun, interesting person and somebody warm and loving, and nobody else sees him that way. But then she is not able to see that other side of him that everybody else sees.   Continued...

Actress Jessica Pare, from the television drama series "Mad Men," arrives at the 64th Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles, September 23, 2012. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni