I've never been a huge T.V. person - no Idol, never seen a Real Housewives of anything, and can't seem to make a date with Mad Men. When I do turn it on, its usually a Nat Geo special, an episode of Barefoot Contessa or if I need a break from reality, maybe a Tosh 2.0. But over the last 6 months I'd been hearing a lot about a new show with Amanda de Cadenet called "The Conversation." Admittedly, as soon as I heard some of her guests included Gwyneth Paltrow, Ariana Huffington, and Diane Von Furstenberg, I was intrigued. Thanks to Twitter, I was reminded of the premiere last night (Thursdays at 11:00 p.m. on Lifetime. I know, I know - yes, it's on Lifetime, but don't prejudge!).
|Gwyneth Paltrow and Amanda de Cadenet on "The Conversation With Amanda de Cadenet."|
A former televsion host in the U.K. and photographer for zines like Vogue, Dazed and Confused and Rolling Stone, de Cadenet is married to Strokes guitarist Nick Valensi and has 3 children. She got the idea for "The Conversation" after becoming a mother and realizing that no one was talking about the tough issues women face. Instead, she says, "all I could find online was people talking about how happy they were and how they lost the baby weight in 3 weeks." She set out on a mission to dispell the idea that many of her celebrity friends had it easy and start conversations about the issues that we women face everyday. Interviews take place in her Studio City, CA home and topics include relationships, kids, career, sex, marriage, and money problems - nothing is off limits.
|Zoe Saldana being photographed by Amanda de Cadenet.|
As a girl who cherishes her girl friends and always feels refreshed and inspired after a good and honest chat, I really loved the format of this show. It's like you are a fly on the wall, listening to a conversation between two friends. On the premiere, Amanda chats with Gwyneth Paltrow about the death of her dad and how she's found perspective on this huge loss, asks why mothers judge other mothers (in the spirit of an honest conversation - I'm totally guilty of this. Why are we always so hard on each other!?), and they discover they both suffered from post-partum depression. Seeing them giggling together, teasing each other, and being open and honest was so refreshing and reminded me of my friends and I. De Cadenet couldn't be a more perfect host - she's funny, smart, a little quirky, and has a Da Vinci like beauty to boot. Interspersed with conversations with Sarah Silverman, Jane Fonda and Zoe Saldana (she has so much fire and spunk!) are interviews with women on the street about the same topics Amanda is discussing with her guests. The verdict: set your DVR to join The Conversation next week with Lady Gaga, Rita Wilson and Portia de Rossi and you'll be challenged to think and talk about your life in new and different ways. You can watch last night's episode right here. Did any of you watch it? What did you think? Have a great weekend everyone!