It seems like everywhere you turn, there’s a new take on the celebrity interview. The interviewer and the star are getting drunk in the desert or taking trapeze lessons together, or somehow getting at the heart of how this rich and beautiful person feelsÂ about the world. But as fun as these profiles are to read, we’re left feeling like someone tried to pull the wool over our eyes. So when we heard that LifetimeÂ had a new series called The Conversation with Amanda de CadenetÂ premiering in April, we were initially suspicious.
However, some research reveals that Amanda has been interviewing since she was 14, on various British shows, and that her experience in Hollywood as a photographer and actress has allowed her to actually make relationships with the celebrities whose paths she crosses. See what else we found out about Amanda and decide for yourself if she’s the real deal.
1.Â The ConversationÂ is “an alternative new interview series” that seems to cast Amanda not in a hard-hitting journalist role but instead as a friend to these stars. As you’ll see in the video below, Amanda — perched on a sofa sleepover-style with ZoĂ«Â SaldanaÂ –Â doesn’t really lead the conversation so much as prompts ZoĂ« to articulate her problems with how women are regarded in Hollywood and society as a whole. The cynic in me wonders how much of this is calculated, but regardless, it’s still an interesting dynamic to witness.
2.Â You’ll notice in the video that Amanda is curvier than, say, an interviewer like Giuliana Rancic. Although she’s thankfully not crash-dieting her way to a skinnier frame, Amanda candidly admitted in a Harper’s BazaarÂ interview that she regularly struggles with body image. When asked how she feels about her body, she said,
You know, not great. From an aesthetic standpoint, I battle with it. It’s an ongoing challenge for me that I don’t think my body looks how I want it to. If I could wave a magic wand, I would be a size 6 and still be able to eat cake every day.
3.Â Not only has Demi MooreÂ been one of her celebrity subjects, but they’re besties. Demi is an executive producer on The Conversation, and she recently tweeted a photo of the two of them with the captionÂ @amandadecadenet I love your friendship &I think this is beautiful &so special. U really inspire me. Demi definitely leaned on Amanda during her divorce from Ashton KutcherÂ and her whip-it overdose/rehab drama.
4. Amanda is an accomplished photographer, having worked on the Lemondrop advertising campaign starring Ali LarterÂ and Converse ads, as well as portraits.Â She photographed Kim KardashianÂ for theÂ PeopleÂ cover story about her 30th birthday back in 2010, when she declared, “I’m ready for love!” (Soon after, she fake-married Kris Humphries,Â but at least Amanda’s rep wasn’t tainted by that association.)
5.Â This is how you know that Amanda is a bonafide celebrity: She and The StrokesÂ guitarist Nick ValensiÂ got married in a secret wedding in 2006.
The Conversation with Amanda de CadenetÂ airs on Lifetime tonight at 11 p.m. EST.
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