The Conversation: Talks on Career, Wellness + Sexuality (etc.)

Have you watched this?


My friend Antonia recommended The Conversation to me about a year ago, and I’ve been continually intrigued and impressed. It’s like a series of open, juicy conversations with your closest girlfriends—except instead of your girlfriends, it’s people like Zoe Saldana and Diane von Furstenberg and Sarah Silverman and Melissa McCarthy. The host, Amanda de Cadenet (a British-born photographer who lives in L.A.), interviews women one-on-one in her home, on topics ranging from equal rights to body image to motherhood to self expression to sex positions.

De Cadenet describes the show as being “here to share and support the universal language of women.” While I’m generally wary of overly gendered categorization (a lot of men might want to talk about these topics, too, and not all women are interested in discussing motherhood and body image, right?), I also believe that talking openly about our personal beliefs, challenges, and transformations—whether you’re a guy, a girl, transgendered, or otherwise—deepens our sense of human connection. And the subject matter does, undoubtedly, resonate with a lot of women (though I encourage dudes to check it out too.)

De Cadenet is the kind of interviewer that asks questions you can tell she genuinely wants to know the answers to herself. And she isn’t afraid to relate to what the women are saying by sharing aspects of her own journey, so the interview flows in a very real way, less like an interview and more like a…conversation. The kind you want to eavesdrop on. It’s fascinating.

The show’s on Lifetime, but you can also watch episodes on the website, here.

A few favourites:

♥ Portia de Rossi. She opens up about struggling with her sexuality and eating disorder. (3rd interview in this video.)

♥ Zoe Saldana. She is fierce on the equality of women and how that truth guides her.

♥ Glenda Bailey. The editor-in-chief of Harper’s Bazaar on how she got to where she is. Her perspective of choosing to start “at the top” is inspiring. (Last interview on this video.)

♥ Jane Fonda on sex at 73. (3rd interview in this video.)

♥ Yana Kamps on finding a sisterhood that helped her express her transgendered identity. (Last interview in this video.)

I hope you enjoy these insightful conversations…let me know what resonates for you, I’d love to hear about it!



5 responses

  1. Thanks for the reminder about this site Tait! I remember hearing about it but haven’t checked it out until today. The perfect accompaniment to unpacking (did you know we moved?!). I felt like I was sitting on the couch too; and it made me crave some serious ladytime!

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