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Gwyneth Paltrow is a guest on “The Conversation With Amanda de Cadenet.” Interviewer de Cadenet is on the right.

Women open up for ‘Conversation’

A great conversation between women can be a revealing, endearing and helpful exchange. Trying to capture this on television is often the opposite; too many people talk at once, and someone is usually promoting a project.

Lifetime’s “The Conversation With Amanda de Cadenet,” premiering Thursday, is singular. De Cadenet has hit upon a terrific concept.

She talks to one woman at a time in her Los Angeles living room. As they converse, they share what women do when cameras aren’t rolling; they talk about love, marriage and children. For those weary of movie stars showing up on every morning and late-night show to pitch their latest projects, this is a lovely respite: No one promotes anything!

“The idea came about from my own desperate need to find role models that I could relate to,” de Cadenet says. “And I just couldn’t see them anywhere. I had to dig deep to find women who I consider to be role models.”

Though it’s hardly a news flash that people will share anything on television, there is an honesty about these talks and a depth not often found on TV. De Cadenet, who has spent years as a photographer, also shoots the women and uses the photos on the show. Women who aren’t famous show up in interstitials, giving their opinions, and though this is a solid idea, it does not blend seamlessly into the show.

There’s a guilelessness about de Cadenet, and with the guests coming into her home, it immediately feels far more personal and real than people talking on a set tricked out to look like a living room.

The eight episodes, which Demi Moore produces, feature A-list names including U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, Diane von Furstenberg, Melissa McCarthy, Eva Mendes, Gabourey Sidibe and Kelly Preston.

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