Interview with Amanda De Cadenet
How did the idea for The Conversation come about?
The Conversation came from my own need to find answers to real questions that I was having in my own life around parenting, being a wife, having a career, sexuality, and body image. I couldn’t find authentic stories or information anywhere, and I began to feel very isolated in trying to find solutions to these challenges. I thought that there have to be other women around the globe dealing with these same struggles, and felt a platform must be created where honest stories with solutions could be aired. That was the genesis of The Conversation… it’s really built on the ancient form of storytelling told through contemporary media.
Amanda De Cadenet
How would you describe The Conversation? A talk show? An interview show? A biographical profile?
The Conversation is an interview series featuring women talking about everyday life issues that women around the world face. Although the series does feature high-profile women, it is not a celebrity talk show. Rather, The Conversation brings together a mix of voices from known to unknown in a way that you’ve never seen or heard before.
Has it been difficult to get people to do the show?
The Conversation is very much a collaboration between the women involved. It’s a vehicle to support women by providing solutions to various struggles we all face. In the next series, I’d love to get Hillary Clinton to participate.
Can you tell us who will be interviewed in the upcoming season? Who was the most revealing interview?
Audiences will hear from Lady Gaga, Gwyneth Paltrow, Zoe Saldana, Sarah Silverman, Diane von Furstenberg, Olivia Wilde, Ivanka Trump, Arianna Huffington, Kelly Preston, Alicia Keys, Gabby Sidibe and Jane Fonda, among others.
I look at the interview as authentic more than ‘revealing’, and felt that everyone who sat down with me was authentic in the stories they shared.
Did you learn anything about any of the interviewees that surprised you?
I wasn’t surprised by the topics we discussed, but every woman I sat down with taught me something. It was also very comforting to learn that we are all dealing with the same issues.
Was it difficult getting the interviewees to go deep and reveal things about themselves?
When developing The Conversation, I didn’t sit down and think, ‘What can I get these women to reveal?’ The format of the show was truly a collaboration, and I left it up to the subject to determine what she wanted to talk about.
What do you love most about this project, and why do you think women will find it appealing?
From the very beginning, this project was centred around something that I am personally interested in. I feel very fortunate to have been able to speak with women that I deeply admire and get answers to the questions I ask in my own life. I feel phenomenally blessed to be able to do this job and create a forum for this type of storytelling that women everywhere can access. Irrespective of whether the subjects in The Conversation are known or not, our challenges – from body image to career to loss to parenting – are universal.