Jessica is no casket case yet
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