When Jessica Paré landed the role of secretary Megan on Season 4 of Mad Men, it was only supposed to be for four short episodes. As a matter of fact, her character’s arc had already been planned out with a clear-cut ending: Megan would sleep with Don Draper and that would be the end of it.

Of course, as fans of the show know, Jessica stuck around for a hell of a lot longer than that. Quickly becoming a favorite of both the fans and crew alike, Megan was promoted from Don’s secretary to his wife. (More importantly, Jessica got to act alongside hottie Jon Hamm every day.)

It’s a good thing it happened that way, because Jessica was thisclose to quitting the business for good. After starring in the ill-fated 2004 series Jack & Bobby (alongside fellow Mad Men star John Slattery), the French Canadian actress struggled to get the work that would keep her in the States.

“[Getting my green card] was supposed to take three months, [but it] took nine,” she reveals in the April issue of Esquire. “Any momentum I had gained from Jack & Bobby just dissipated. I was ready to move back to my parents’ place [in Montreal], ready to get a job at my friend’s bar back home, and just pack it in.”

The decision to audition for Mad Men was an easy one, especially after so much disappointment. “I had nothing left to lose,” she continues. “I went into the audition thinking, This is it. If you don't like it, that's fine. Nobody else has.’”

Of course, they did like it and Jessica’s been a large part of the show ever since. She wowed the audience with her sultry rendition of “Zou Bisou Bisou” during Season 5, not to mention that unforgettable scene of Megan cleaning the apartment in her underwear.

Jessica certainly hasn’t been shy about flaunting her body on Mad Men, and why would she be? She’s absolutely gorgeous! The actress strips down once again for a sexy shoot in Esquire, all of which can be seen over at Esquire.com!

Credit: NDN Photo: Mad Men's Jessica Pare Skinny Dips For Esquire (VIDEO)