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Jessica Pare, Esquire

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Megan Draper's gone off the deep end!

Actually, that's Mad Men star Jessica Paré going for a skinny dip in the pool! The 33-year-old Canadian actress shows off her killer curves in some sexy lingerie and gets completely naked in Esquire's April 2014 issue. She also speaks candidly with the mag (on stands now) about how how she almost gave up on her acting career.

She moved from her native Montreal to L.A. in 2004 for a role in the short-lived WB series Jack & Bobby. But when that ended after one season, Paré no longer had a work visa to remain in the States. "I really struggled," she admits.

She applied for a green card to try and fix the problem, but "what was supposed to take three months took nine. I couldn't work or travel, and any momentum that I had gained from Jack & Bobby just dissipated."

"I was ready to move back to my parents' place, ready to get a job at my friend's bar back home and just pack it in," she tells Esquire. But then, a chance to land the role of a lifetime came along. "I had nothing left to lose. I went into the audition [for Mad Men] thinking,'This is it. If you don't like it, that's fine. Nobody else has.'"

Jessica Pare, Esquire

Zoey Grossman/Esquire

Paré got the part, and her character went from having a four-episode arc to becoming Mrs. Don Draper and a series regular.

Moral of the story? Never ever, ever give up!

Jessica Pare, Esquire

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