Sharing truthful girl talk with celebs

Sharing truthful girl talk with celebs

Honest girl talk - that is what British television host Amanda de Cadenet is offering in her new TV interview series.

In her show, The Conversation With Amanda de Cadenet, the former actress- model-photographer will have frank tete-a-tetes with guests including Jane Fonda, Gwyneth Paltrow and Lady Gaga. Issues they talk about range from body image to career disappointments to post- partum depression.

Girl talk is sorely lacking in mainstream television, says the 41-year-old host.

"Everywhere I looked, I found stories that were not true. They were fabricated, they were embellished, they were not authentic and it worries me because if you have women who are comparing themselves to people's lives that they think are a certain way... no wonder that we're all feeling bad about themselves," she says in a telephone interview from Los Angeles, where she is based.

The mother of three, who is married to American rocker Nick Valensi of The Strokes, adds: "You're just bombarded with all kinds of information and media imagery, stories that tell you that to be a woman, you have to behave a certain way. I disagree with a lot of the messaging."

Her show, she says, is a platform for "women to speak up and speak out on things that they care about and that give some alternative options", through telling their stories that "were truthful".

Her chat show started broadcasting in the United States last year and has been so successful that it was launched in Britain recently. It premiered in Singapore on Monday on the Lifetime cable channel.

She describes her celebrity guests, among them actresses Fonda, Paltrow and Zoe Saldana, and pop star Lady Gaga, as women who are "very outspoken and not apologetic for being who they are".

The TV host herself was a wild child of the 1990s and used to be known for partying hard and dating a string of A-list boyfriends - from American actor Keanu Reeves to English model Nick Kamen to rock band Duran Duran's bassist John Taylor. She was married to Taylor from 1991 to 1997 and has a daughter Atlanta, now 20, with him.

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