Sadler’s podcast, NAKED with Catt Sadler, goes beyond the glossiness of Hollywood and gets real and raw about everything from activism and addiction to aging. Sadler shared with Showbiz Cheat Sheet why she started the podcast and why she records in her bedroom instead of a studio.
“I knew that the content I wanted to create, I wanted it to feel really raw and really natural,” she describes. “Not like the typical produced television world that I came from. I really wanted to have these meaningful conversations.”
Catt Sadler got comfy in bed
“When I started exploring the podcast space, I had been a guest on several podcasts over the years,” Sadler says. “More often than not it was in a room that felt like a conference room and it was very sterile.”
Sadler tends to get a better interview when her guests are comfortable. “And I guess I interviewed people long enough to know that the more comfortable we are, the more we’ll get from our exchange,” she remarks. “So why not only do it in my own home but do it in my bedroom. So I can really go there and get naked.” Metaphorically, of course.
Guests don’t actually come to Sadler’s home and climb in her bed, but the vibe transfers to her guests. “The response I’ve gotten is so incredible. I’m pretty blown away. I didn’t know how people would react when I said, ‘Hey would you mind coming over and but come into my bedroom?” She adds that guests meet with her virtually in the bedroom, especially during the pandemic.
The setting opens the door for intimate discussions
On her podcast, Sadler dives into some “taboo” topics, like aging. “For me, it really started around perimenopause,” she shares. “I went through a pretty wild awakening about a year ago when my body was different and I was sleeping different. My hormones are all over the place.”
“So the moment I spoke up about that, I got such a response. It was mind-blowing. How many women in my age group were like, ‘Me too, me too.’ So I partnered with my doctor and my acupuncturist to really bring them into the conversation,” Sadler says. “Because I think if I can use my platform to arm women with the tools to not suffer but to also have a conversation and not feel alone.”
She wants to squash the stigma around a number of subjects too. For instance, “I was having bladder leakage! Has anyone ever talked to me about that? No. Had my mother said to prepare for this? No. Because it’s just not normalized in conversation.” She shared that bladder leakage impacts more than 65 million people. As a result, Sadler partnered with Depend to get the conversation out into the mainstream and remove the stigma.
Sadler’s latest podcast features her mother, author Linda Rendleman. “My mother is extraordinary,” Sadler shares. “And so in this particular episode, we’re kind of talking about all the things that once again are just uncomfortable or difficult to talk about.“