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Courtney Benedict on Jack & Bobby

Jessica Pare

Jessica Pare

Birthday: Dec. 5

Hometown: Montreal, Canada

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Jessica Paré stars as Courtney Benedict, the new girl in town who harbors a painful family secret, in The WB's Jack & Bobby.

Born and raised in Montreal, Québec, Paré grew up watching her father on stage and screen and decided to try her hand at the craft. Paré started at workshops in her teens and quickly landed a bit part in a miniseries. She followed that up with an audition for a day player for the film Stardom. Upon seeing her audition, the director offered her the lead role.

Paré also starred in the television miniseries Lives of the Saints, with Sophia Loren and Kris Kristofferson. The miniseries was set in the 1960s, and Paré played a wild love child. Paré also appeared in the television movie The Death and Life of Nancy Eaton.

Feature film credits include Lost and Delirious, with Mischa Barton and Piper Perabo, Napoleon, Posers, and See This Movie, with John Cho and Seth Myers. Next up for Paré is the feature Wicker Park.