The new Lifetime series called The Conversation with Amanda de Cadenet offers an intimate take on celebrity interviews with some of the most influential women in Hollywood and beyond.
Hosted by British television personality and renowned photographer Amanda de Cadenet, and executive produced by Demi Moore, The Conversation offers an honest, authentic and raw view of the shared issues affecting women today. The new hour-long Lifetime series features powerful and in-depth interviews with some of the world’s most famous and influential women, including Jane Fonda, Lady Gaga, Gwyneth Paltrow, Miley Cyrus, Eva Longoria, Kelly Preston, Alicia Keys, New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, Donna Karan, Ivanka Trump, Olivia Wilde and Gabby Sidibe.
In The Conversation, Amanda de Cadenet sits down with the stars to talk candidly about topics universal to all women, including sexuality, body image, career, relationships, love, loss, politics, and more. As fans will see in The Conversation with Amanda de Cadenet, some of today’s most influential women are just like most females out there in the world. In fact, The Conversation will give hope to many women through a wide range of topics de Cadenet covers with the stars.
Ahead of the April 26 debut of The Conversation, The Deadbolt spent a few minutes with Amanda de Cadenet to learn more about how she approached each star to make them comfortable and what de Cadenet learned from her time with some of today’s most influential women.
THE DEADBOLT: How were you able to build a certain level of trust in order to get the women to talk to you candidly?
AMANDA DE CADENET: First of all, I’m a woman, so a woman talking to a woman is a certain kind of conversation. Second of all, I really collaborated with my guests. I asked people what it was they wanted to talk about. I said, “Is there anything you don’t want to talk about?” I very much was there to create a space that allowed for these truthful stories.
Also, because I shot it at my home, I was able to control the environment. So it was a very relaxed environment. This is a non-promotional show, so nobody comes on the show to promote something.
In fact, we don’t let them come on if they want to promote something because that’s not what it’s about. So the person is coming there with the intention of taking part in something that they hope will be inspirational and give hope to somebody. That’s a very different intention than going somewhere to plug something.
THE DEADBOLT: What did you learn about how women handle obstacles in their lives and what it takes to be emotionally strong in such a competitive industry?
DE CADENET: Well, I don’t know if it’s about being in a competitive industry. I interview woman who are not in any specific industry as well as women who are in the entertainment industry. I interview politicians and authors and then everyday ladies.
But what I will tell you is that women process life through conversation. That’s how we deal. We talk about it.
Even when I watch my kids in the playground – like my boy will go off and bang the tree with a stick by himself. My girl will go and sit and talk with some kids, some girls, about something. Women process through conversation. We also do really well with community. A woman without a community is in trouble. I very much believe in finding your tribe.