Jes­sica is no cas­ket case yet

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JES­SICA Pare

Mad Men: the pro­gram re­turned in the US this year by per­form­ing a sexy ver­sion of Gil­lian Hills’ French tune Zou Bisou Bisou in char­ac­ter (pic­tured) at Draper’s birth­day party.

Thurs­days, 8.30pm; re­peats Satur­days 4pm and Mon­days 10.30pm; pay TV chan­nel Movie Ex­tra. had no idea how big a part she had landed when she was first cast as Jon Hamm’s re­cep­tion­ist on the hit TV show Mad Men and from episode to episode, was con­vinced her char­ac­ter would be fired. The ac­tress was brought in as ad­ver­tis­ing ex­ec­u­tive Don Draper’s of­fice as­sis­tant Me­gan in the fourth sea­son of the pe­riod drama and the two char­ac­ters em­barked on a love af­fair which re­sulted in mar­riage, bring­ing Pare back for the cur­rent sea­son five. But Pare says she wasn’t wor­ried about be­ing writ­ten out of the pro­gram – she was con­tent just watch­ing Hamm and his other co-stars from the side­lines. ‘‘Ev­ery time I did an episode, I didn’t know if I would be back,’’ she says. ‘‘I was just happy to sit in the back­ground if they did a scene in the re­cep­tion area.’’ And when pro­duc­tion on Mad Men was shut down in 2011 be­cause of a con­tract dis­pute be­tween the show’s cre­ator, Matthew Weiner, and bosses at US TV net­work AMC, Pare was sure Me­gan would be killed off at the start of the new sea­son. ‘‘I kept say­ing, ‘Two words: closed cas­ket’. It (the sea­son pre­miere) opens on a closed cas­ket. Pan up to Don, be­reaved, winks at a blonde down the aisle. Bye-bye, Me­gan.’’ In­stead, Pare stole the show when

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