Long gone are the days of playing Don Draper's docile secretary. Now that Sesaon 5 has wrapped up, Jessica Pare is known as the woman who exhibits an impressive amount of control over her on-screen husband.
"We know that Don has certain proclivities in his sexual life, and here he is with a woman who is his match that way," Pare told The Los Angeles Times of playing Megan Draper. "She has a grip on him, and we're not used to seeing Don like that. I love seeing a woman express herself so fearlessly in a physical, sexual, powerful way."
Powerful she may be, but Pare wasn't always so confident of her position on the AMC drama. "Every time I did an episode, I didn't know if I would be back," Pare revealed to New York Magazine in May of her early episodes on the series. "I was just happy to sit in the background if they did a scene in the reception area."
When Don proposed to Megan at the end of the Season 4, Pare was nervous. Not only because Don has a reputation for being flighty with women, but because she was facing a larger role in such a well-known cast.
"I was definitely a bit intimidated," Pare admitted in a conference call with HuffPost TV and other journalists. "But they're a very warm, really genuine, very open cast. So it was actually a really nice experience to get to know everybody."
Despite the cast's warmth, Pare still remembers that "Zou Bisou Bisou" routine, which made her an overnight sensation, as one of the scariest things she's ever done.
"Doing a song-and-dance routing in front of the whole cast, people I had just gotten to know when we wrapped 18 months earlier was terrifying," she told the L.A. Times.
For more on Pare, click over to The L.A. Times.
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