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03/26/2014 11:00 am ET Updated Mar 26, 2014

Jessica Pare Strips Down For Esquire, With 'Mad Men' Season 7 Premiere Just Weeks Away

"Mad Men" fans have to wait just 18 more days until the Season 7 premiere of the critically acclaimed drama, but if actress Jessica Pare is your favorite part of the show, you needn't wait any longer.

The 33-year-old is taking it all off for the April 2014 issue of Esquire magazine. The Montreal-born actress looks gorgeous and carefree as she strips down for a skinny dip in the backyard pool at a home in the Hollywood Hills, before satisfying a craving for peanut butter while still in her lingerie, of course.

Pare flashes her megawatt smile in nearly every photo because, these days, life is good. But like the majority of the thousands who try to make it in Hollywood, life didn't always entail photo shoots with Esquire and hit shows on AMC.

"I really struggled," she said. As a Canadian, Pare dealt with visa issues and needed an employer to sponsor her, which meant only being able to go out for big roles, which really isn't realistic for a young actress starting out.

She says she hit a snag again in the green card application process, which would have solved the sponsorship problem; Instead of taking three months it took nine. Frustrated with the fact that any attention she'd previously gained had dissipated, Pare was ready to give up before she auditioned to be a secretary on "Mad Men."

"I had nothing left to lose," she said. "I went into the audition thinking, 'This is it. If you don't like it, that's fine. Nobody else has.'"

Needless to say, they liked it.

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Read Esquire's full interview with Jessica Pare.

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