Interview With Catt Sadler About Her Podcast Naked
Will you dare to get naked with Catt?
Catt Sadler Is 'Ready to Be Used in a Bigger Way'
On the seaside cliffs of Malibu, Catt Sadler hosted a luncheon at the Shiseido Sun Beachhouse to kick off the release of her latest endeavor, her podcast Naked.
The soiree was light and breezy, with pristine orchids adorning the room. It was a perfect contrast to what we were all there to celebrate—a podcast dedicated to having raw and unfiltered conversations with women about a variety of issues.
After coming forward with her glaring pay disparity issue, Catt left E! and has never looked back. She is ready to let it all hang out for the world to see. And now is the best time for her to do so.
We caught up with Catt to learn about Naked, the guests we can expect, and what life for her has been like since being brave enough to come forward with her pay disparity issue. Read what she had to share now!
Women.com: Tell us a little bit about your podcast Naked!
Catt Sadler: Naked was a real passion project for me. I've always been a journalist, I've always interviewed, but I really wanted to create a space to have conversations, with women in particular, that were a little deeper, a lot more meaningful, and about issues that we deal with day-to-day. I've had conversations so far with women about toxic relationships, about traumatic childhoods, about struggles in the workplace, but in a really revealing way, where a lot of the women I talk to don't talk about this kind of stuff.
It's done in my bedroom. So far, it's been everything that I wanted it to be and more. The environment and the energy is very inviting and it kind of sets the stage for these types of discussions. My goal is to not only do these interviews and tell these women's stories, which I just love to do, but to create a community where the women who listen hear themselves in the stories, feel a little less alone, and can connect to these remarkable women on some sort of level.
WDC: What types of conversations are you hoping this podcast sparks?
CS: Sometimes getting real and vulnerable requires getting a little awkward. Sometimes it's uncomfortable and not easy, such as my pay disparity issue and why I left E! That was not an easy thing to address, but it required some courage to go there. Until we have those conversations, things aren't changing. I think if people catch onto the podcast and there are conversations outside of the podcast, that would amazing.
Lisa Ling came on and I loved hearing from her. Hearing her story about why she goes into the field, why she goes into these dangerous places halfway around the world, and what she sees with her eyes through her work is so impactful. She explains on the podcast why she feels a duty to represent those who are marginalized and those who don't have a voice and aren't seen in mainstream media today. Those nuggets and shares are very important topics for me to discuss and put out into the world.
WDC: How do you allow yourself to be vulnerable in these conversations?
CS: I know how to ask questions. I know how to get to the heart of a story. I know where I'm going to go. But when it's reversed and when it's flipped, it's hard. Any good podcast, now that I'm learning, is a conversation. It's shared by both the host and the guest. I'm sharing more about my divorces and I'm sharing more about raising teenagers and how hard that is and I'm sharing more about my first pregnancy where I was on bed rest and went into a depression with that. I'm, for the first time ever, going there. The space that I created really lends itself to that, which is why I didn't want to do the podcast in a studio. I wanted it to feel safe and comfortable. I wanted people to come in and get really naked and feel confident doing that.
WDC: What have you learned from having a podcast?
CS: The business of podcasts is a whole other area that I wasn't privy to. I worked in TV for 20 years, so I had to really research and understand the business side of podcast life. The beauty of a podcast is that anybody and everybody can have one. If you want the reach and the right people listening, it is a business.
What I've learned most about podcasts is it's very liberating. It's so different. TV was five reps in the room saying "don't ask this, ask this." TV was more polished. I like the looseness of podcasts.
WDC: What kind of guests can we expect on the podcast?
CS: I'm doing this weekly, so there will be a lot of women coming. I have an actress, a journalist, some digital influencers, some entrepreneurs, a hairstylist. I'm recording Jennifer Lawrence. The fact that she wants to come to my bedroom speaks volumes to me. I think she'll let it all hang out and maybe we'll learn something about her that we never knew.
I'm certainly not discriminating. I want everybody—all walks, all ages, all sexualities, I want it to be a very diverse community. I want it to represent all women, because I think we can all learn from one another. I actually asked Oprah. That's a dream guest.
WDC: Apart from Oprah, who else would you like to get on your podcast?
CS: I need to put this out into the universe. Oprah, Rihanna, I mean Michelle Obama comes to mind. She's a legend. I wanted to get Jim Carrey. He and I had a very interesting exchange that went viral and it was all love, but a lot of people talked about it. I would like to have the follow-up conversation to that. I would like to have Debra Messing. She went out on a limb for me at the Golden Globes last year and spoke to my old network about my pay disparity issues, so I'd like to get a little gritty with her. She's an activist on so many levels. I like these really strong humans who have intention behind their work.
WDC: How has your life changed since coming forward with your pay disparity issue?
CS: The day-to-day is night and day different, because I was at a TV studio every single morning for as long as I can remember, away from my home, in the door early, and again, I was kind of directed to my daily assignments. Now, I'm in charge. It's completely different. I have a home office. I have my Cattwalk brand. I've never been in more control, I've never been given as much creative freedom, I've never had more pressure to succeed, but I'm really leaning into it. Honestly, I've never been happier professionally. I've done a lot in my career and I've seen the world and I've been to so many places.
I'm going to Paris in two weeks with Luna Bar and they're doing a whole initiative with the Women's World Cup and the pay disparity there and I'm moderating a panel with Venus Williams. I'm taking part in these conversations that make a difference and that matter. For me, that's where I'm at in my life. I could do entertainment and that's fun, but I'm ready to be used in a bigger way. And so I'm doing that.
Get Naked With Catt
The first episode of Naked will be available Thursday, June 6, with new episodes being released every Thursday.
Stay up-to-date on Naked's latest releases by subscribing to the podcast here.
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