Something To Talk About
Something To Talk About
About Something To Talk About
From the title that sets the news agenda every week, Something To Talk About sees Stellar editor-in-chief Sarrah Le Marquand sit down with a diverse range of guests - from household names to news identities and everyday people with a compelling story to share - for exclusive interviews and thought-provoking in-depth conversations. A new episode of Something To Talk About is published every Saturday evening.
What would you do if you came into a financial windfall? Maybe buy a new car, finally book that dream holiday or take your loved ones on a shopping spree? Author, media personality and podcast host Sarah Wilson decided to do something entirely different. After selling her I Quit Sugar Empire, she gave the proceeds away and opted to live WITHIN her means. As you’ll hear in today’s episode, Sarah admits that her modest lifestyle in a “tiny apartment in Paris” is not for everyone - but one she believes can help each of us reduce our anxiety, and find joy in simplifying our overcrowded, over-committed lives. It’s only one of many thought-provoking subjects Sarah weighs into, also sharing her thoughts on the impact of the iPhone on society, why she thinks younger men prefer to date older women - and gives a surprising insight into why, despite being the former host of MasterChef Australia, she doesn’t believe there is a place for women like her on mainstream television in this country. Yes, there’s not only a lot to talk about - but a lot to think about. As Sarah says: “I think it’s a time in history when we’ve got to answer honestly.” CONTENT WARNING: This conversation touches on suicidal ideation Sarah Wilson’s podcast Wild is available now. To subscribe to Sarah’s newsletter, visit sarahwilson.substack.com Find more from Stellar via Instagram @stellarmag or pick up a copy inside The Sunday Telegraph (NSW), Sunday Herald Sun (VIC), The Sunday Mail (QLD) and Sunday Mail (SA). See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
We’ve all heard a lot about Prince Harry and Meghan Markle falling out with the royal family. But what if the real tension was between Prince William and King Charles III? And while it’s Meghan who has been widely blamed for Megxit, what if she was actually the one willing to stick it out - and it was Harry who was determined to walk away? Now, facing a crossroads more than a year after the death of Queen Elizabeth II, will the royals decide to modernise and embrace diversity to reflect the wider demographic of the Commonwealth? Or does the monarchy’s future lie in only appealing to a certain part of the British population? And what of Australia? Will the growing tension and rivalry within the firm- particularly between Charles and his eldest son William - put the idea of a republic back on the table? And what if, for all the breathless speculation about a catfight between Meghan and Kate Middleton (and yes, her official title is Catherine, Princess of Wales, but she is also known as Kate - we’ll get to that too), the real problem was in fact the broken relationship between brothers Harry and William? And for those who might be rolling their eyes at another deep dive into palace politics, then is it simply time for Harry and Meghan to listen to their critics, stop complaining and count their blessings? All of this is at the heart of this special bonus episode of Something To Talk About with Omid Scobie, the royal correspondent who famously co-authored the 2020 Harry and Meghan biography Finding Freedom – and now the new book, Endgame: Inside The Royal Family and the Monarchy’s Fight for Survival, which has already made headlines around the world. His detractors like to portray him as the couple’s mouthpiece – but Omid believes that’s a predictable label that says more about the double standards in play than it does about him. Omid Scobie’s new book, Endgame: Inside the Royal Family and the Monarchy's Fight for Survival, is available now. Find more from Stellar via Instagram @stellarmag See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
For the past two decades, Asher Keddie has been a reliable presence in living rooms across the country - and one of the most popular actors of her generation. But despite her success - or, perhaps, because of it - she did not always feel at ease with her fame. In this episode of Something To Talk About, Asher sits down for a reflective chat as she looks back on the dizzying yet disconcerting experience of becoming a household name thanks to her starring roles in the hit TV series Love My Way and Offspring and explains how, in her mid-forties, she finally began to enjoy the fruits of her labours. She also discusses her role on the new comedy drama Strife, her marriage to artist Vincent Fantauzzo and - as she looks ahead to turning 50 next year - the bittersweet perspective she has on being an “older mother” to an eight-year-old son. Every episode of Strife will be available exclusively on Binge from December 6. Find more from Stellar via Instagram @stellarmag or pick up a copy inside The Sunday Telegraph (NSW), Sunday Herald Sun (VIC), The Sunday Mail (QLD) and Sunday Mail (SA). See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
After 25 years in the industry, Natalie Bassingthwaighte has plenty to talk about - including what to expect when she takes the stage at an upcoming tribute concert honouring the late George Michael; getting frank about ageing in the spotlight and the judgement that women receive for undergoing cosmetic procedures; and how she really felt when she found out that Neighbours was returning after she joined some of Ramsay Street's other most famous residents for its short-lived farewell. There's also her recent separation from her husband, Cameron McGlinchey, with whom she shares two children. In this wide-ranging and at times highly emotional episode of Something To Talk About, she speaks about that publicly for the first time and also reveals she is in a new relationship that “makes my heart smile.” George Michael: Freedom! A Celebration With The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra is at 7.30pm on December 9 at Melbourne’s Sidney Myer Music Bowl. For more details, visit ticketek.com.au. Find more from Stellar via Instagram @stellarmag or pick up a copy inside The Sunday Telegraph (NSW), Sunday Herald Sun (VIC), The Sunday Mail (QLD) and Sunday Mail (SA) See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Sally Obermeder knows a lot about wellness, not only as the CEO and co-founder of superfood, skincare and supplement empire Swiish, but also as a cancer survivor who in 2011 was faced with the reality that she might not make it to the 50th birthday she celebrated earlier this year. Today, Sally - who is also a mum of two, media personality and a cast member on The Real Housewives of Sydney - sits down to explain that while she is proud of her successes, and remains in good health, there has been a lot of struggle behind her shine. She gets candid about the financial realities of running a small business, and shares a very funny story about the time she and her sister and business partner learnt they were facing bankruptcy… just as they were living the high-life in a poolside cabana at a fancy hotel. Sally also tells us about how the sacrifices her parents made set her up for the future, fires up about the way society cuts down women who are ambitious and explains why - despite her gratitude for all that she’s achieved - she can’t bear to be told that she’s “killing it”. You can find out more about what Sally is up to at SWIISH.com or via her Instagram @sallyobermeder. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Before she became a regular presence on TV screens across Australia, veteran journalist Liz Hayes was simply Beth Ryan, the daughter of a dairy farmer and a housewife in rural New South Wales. Now, as she looks back on her extraordinary life and career in a new memoir, Liz joins Something To Talk About for a thought-provoking and often very funny conversation about the places she has been, the people she has met and the things she has seen. (And trust us, there have been plenty.) Liz considers how the success she achieved across the past several decades mirrored the struggles and triumphs that so many women of her generation endured as they battled societal expectations and came up against “alpha males” along the way. She’s also full of fascinating anecdotes, whether reminiscing about the “hysterical moment” her then-flatmate Richard Wilkins encountered an A-list celebrity in her bedroom or marvelling at the phone call she received from former prime minister Bob Hawke, who invited her to join him on a private jet to the Gold Coast. And for the first time, Liz clears the air on her recently resurfaced 2012 interview with disgraced comedian and actor Russell Brand. I’m Liz Hayes from HarperCollins is available online and in-store from November 15. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
If you were to sum up The Project host Sarah Harris’ life at the moment in one word, you couldn’t get more precise than “chaos”. Since sliding into the seat formerly occupied by Carrie Bickmore nearly a year ago, Harris has managed the juggle of work and motherhood with military precision. She splits her week across two cities and co-parents two young sons with her ex-husband - all of which, by her own admission, has taken a toll on her ability to keep up with friends. And don’t even think about asking her to re-enter the dating scene right now. As she reflects on the whirlwind of her past year in a conversation with Something To Talk About, Sarah gives some candid insights into how she makes it all work and explains just how much her life has changed since she took on one of the most highly scrutinised jobs in the country. You can see Sarah Harris on the Project, Sunday through Thursday on Channel 10 or 10Play. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Five years ago, Michelle Andrews was a pop-culture obsessed writer who decided to trust her instincts and - along with her co-worker Zara McDonald, sit down in front of a microphone and launch a podcast. Now, at the age of 29, the pair sit at the head of Shameless Media - a company that reaches millions of listeners in Australia and around the globe. In a thoughtful and lively conversation, Michelle explains how - despite the fact that "I don't even really know what we're doing sometimes" - she is finding joy and strength in owning her status as a voice of her generation. She also explains why caring about the minutiae of Taylor Swift's world tour or the Kardashian family's latest antics is not only a worthwhile endeavour, but also a lucrative one. And she speaks frankly and at length about the concerns that young women like her are grappling with in 2023, from romantic relationships plagued by loneliness to questions around fertility and when they should begin to think about starting a family. If you or anyone you know needs support, call 1800RESPECT. Michelle Andrews and Zara McDonald's new book 4AM is available online and in-store now. You can see Zara and Michelle inside Stellar this weekend, or on Stellar's Instagram. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Starring in a series as iconic as Bluey – the animated children's TV hit that within five years has not only become the biggest show in Australia but a global smash – has made Melanie Zanetti what you might call a “household voice”. But despite playing Chilli Heeler, mum to title character Bluey, which has seen her work played on more television screens than the world’s biggest superstars could dream of, the Brisbane-born and raised actor is able to walk through supermarkets and airports in complete anonymity, with a name few would recognise. Joining Something To Talk About ahead of the fifth anniversary of the show which has broken Australian television records, Zanetti opens up on how she has never been vocally recognised, and why people still believe that Bluey (and her sister Bingo) are boys and also discuss the bizarre theory that seems to prove that dogs love watching the show as much as humans big and small do. Celebrate 5 Years of Bluey and Bluey Fest on the ABC with Melanie Zanetti this month. You can jump on the ABC Kids website to find out more. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Elizabeth Day likes to celebrate the “things that haven’t gone right”, which might seem ironic given she is an award-winning journalist, bestselling author and the host of the podcast How To Fail, which is nothing if not a success, given it boasts 45 million downloads and counting. In a thoughtful and expansive conversation, Elizabeth - who is based in the UK - reveals what audiences can expect during her upcoming live shows in Australia and opens up about the kinship she feels with our country. She also discusses the anger - or, as she prefers to think of it, passion - that drove her to coin the term “fertility privilege”, fires up about why she is tired of seeing women’s issues still get minimised by the culture and explains what she learnt when she attempted to live like Gwyneth Paltrow for a week. (Hint: it isn’t cheap, and it requires a lot of free time.) You can find out more about Elizabeth and her Australian tour in 2024 at www.fane.com.au/elizabeth-day, or on her Instagram page at @elizabday. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
She is one Australia’s most popular TV personalities, but Melissa Leong is the first to admit that fame has not always sat comfortably with her. Amid the intense media coverage and interest from the public following the death of her fellow MasterChef Australia judge Jock Zonfrillo earlier this year, Melissa chose to remain private with her feelings despite constant speculation about when she would publicly comment. Speaking today about Jock’s passing for what she says will be “the first and last time”, Melissa explains why she has decided to navigate her grief this past six months in a way that allows her “to honour what makes sense to me”; defends her right to keep some things private and responds to questions about what she thinks the future of MasterChef Australia will be. She also provides a glimpse into the new TV gig that will take her out of her culinary comfort zone; fires up about representation of people of colour in Australia ahead of the Voice to Parliament referendum - and reflects on why she will end 2023 a very different woman than when the year began. For more Melissa Leong, follow her on Instagram at @fooderati or catch her on Dessert Masters, airing this November on 10 and 10 Play. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Having originally cemented her status as one of the most famous fitness trainers in Australia courtesy of her role on The Biggest Loser, Michelle Bridges is the first to acknowledge many will always associate her with the legacy of a reality TV series now widely deemed problematic. In a frank and wide-ranging conversation, the personal trainer, TV personality and businesswoman responds to current-day criticism of the show and explains why she "won't wear it anymore". She also has a lot to say about the changes she is seeing in her own body as she settles into her early 50s; shares her thoughts on how her working-class background and being raised by a single mum in the 1970s have shaped her attitudes toward money and motherhood - and reflects on what she learned about herself after a DUI charge three years ago made national headlines. You can find out more about what Michelle is up to on her Instagram account @mishbridges or www.michellebridges.com.au. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
When Kate Langbroek speaks, people listen. And while they may not always agree with what she says, the longtime radio host and TV personality is determined to keep speaking with a directness she knows might well get her cancelled one day. In a characteristically candid conversation, Kate addresses the rumours she is going to reunite with former radio co-host and friend Dave Hughes; opens up about some of her more polarising moments on The Project; reflects on her decision to prioritise spending more time with family that started with her famous decision to move to Italy for a tree change; and looks back on the topless TV scene she filmed more than 30 years ago but still can’t seem to live down. Oh, and she also talks about the time she was fired from Stellar by the host of this very podcast. You can find more about what Kate is up to on her Instagram account @katelangbroek. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
After 17 years with the Matildas, few can speak with more authority to the stratospheric rise of the team than star defender Clare Polkinghorne. In the wake of the Matildas' history-making run at the FIFA Women’s World Cup, Clare reflects on the team's determination to capitalise on their history-making World Cup run as they look ahead to the Paris Olympics, fires up about the gender pay gap excuse she's "sick of hearing"; explains how a surprise visit from Cathy Freeman inspired the team at the height of the World Cup pressure, speaks to the power of role models and representation, and reveals what she thinks women’s sport in Australia might look like moving forward. You can learn more about what's next for Clare at @polks89 or visit matildas.com.au See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
When David "Kochie" Koch signed off as co-host of Sunrise for the last time earlier this year, he joked that his 21-year tenure marked "the longest mistake in history". As he tells Something To Talk About in a candid and at times emotional conversation, he grappled with imposter syndrome and says he has never truly felt comfortable in the media. Now, as he revels in a life that no longer includes 3.30am wake-ups, Kochie opens up on this Father's Day about the joy he takes in getting to spend more time with a sprawling family that includes his beloved wife of 44 years, Libby, four children and eight grandchildren and reflects on the values his late father instilled in him. He also shares his observations of the three very different female co-hosts who sat alongside him during his two decades on breakfast TV and - adamant that he will "never" really retire - reveals his plans for the future, which might just include a new venture with former breakfast TV rival (and recent lunch date) Karl Stefanovic. You can find David Koch on Instagram at @kochie_online. To subscribe to his free weekly money digest newsletter, visit ymyl.com.au. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Former contestant on The Bachelor Australia, Alisha Aitken-Radburn, saw her time in the mansion crafted by producers into what is now a common reality TV trope: "the villain edit". Nearly five years later, Alisha - who would go on to star in two subsequent seasons of Bachelor In Paradise - has written a book about the experience. And it's not what fans (and her fellow reality TV "villains") might be expecting. In an insightful conversation, Alisha explains why she decided it was time to peel back the curtain and explain how things really work behind the scenes on the popular TV franchise. She also unpacks why she felt compelled to press pause on a career in politics to look for love in front of the cameras, reveals what the response was from her colleagues in federal parliament to her reality TV persona - and opens up about how surprised she was when it was ultimately The Bachelor that "did lead me to my person”. And, in an unexpected twist, she explains why every single one of us could benefit from receiving a real-life "villain edit" of our own. You can find out more about Alisha Aitken-Radburn on Instagram at @alisha.aitkenradburn. Her new book The Villain Edit is out now. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
After more than two decades on the airwaves, most people might think they know everything about Australia’s reigning queen of breakfast radio. But as she enters a new era of her career - and her life - Jackie "O" Henderson is only just getting started. In a candid and wide-ranging conversation, Jackie opens up about what it took to land Gwyneth Paltrow for the first event of her new business venture Besties, why her recent weight loss has left her fighting a "losing battle" with some fans and parts of the media, whether there’s anything she’s worried about her 12-year-old daughter Googling about her one day, and why, in her words, it can be "quite scary" navigating the dating world as a self-made female millionaire. To find out more about Jackie’s new business, besties, go to besties.au or follow @bestiesau on Instagram. You can also hear her on The Kyle and Jackie O show on KIISFM. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
In an emotional and in-depth interview, Georgia Love joins Something To Talk About to speak for the first time about the controversy that engulfed her in 2021, when she posted a video to social media that saw her accused of casual racism and prompted a fierce backlash. Two years on from the scandal, the former star of The Bachelorette turned presenter and influencer opens up about what it is like to be on the receiving end of a public pile-on, what she has since learned about racism and privilege - and her ongoing regret over the incident. She also reveals her plans for the future and why she is ready to start a new national conversation by breaking the taboo about admitting to being ambivalent about whether she wants to have children. You can follow Georgia on Instagram at @georgiealove, or listen to her podcast 'Everyone Has An Ex' on Apple, Spotify and Acast. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
On this week’s episode, musical theatre icon Idina Menzel reflects on being part of not one, or two, but three era-defining cultural phenomenons: hit Broadway musicals Rent and Wicked, and blockbuster animated film Frozen. She also talks about why landing her role in Glee “wasn’t great for the ego”, and reveals what prompted her new incarnation as a disco diva. * This interview was conducted before the Hollywood actors’ strike was called. DRAMA QUEEN which will be available from August 18, or you can catch Idina on Instagram via her handle @idinamenzel. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
It's been almost 12 months since the news that Olivia Newton-John had passed away prompted an outpouring of grief across Australia and around the globe. After living with breast cancer for 30 years, Olivia drew her last breath at her home in California on August 8, 2022, as she held the hand of her beloved daughter Chloe Lattanzi. Ahead of the one-year anniversary of that day, Chloe joins Something To Talk About for an emotional conversation about how she continues to process her grief and the role she is playing in carrying on her mother’s legacy - including attending the annual Olivia's Walk for Wellness in Melbourne this October. And, as she reflects on the first year without her mother, she reveals what the future holds, from her musical career to day to day life with her husband James - and why living on Olivia’s ranch allows Chloe to feel her mother’s presence every day in a very real and tangible way. To sign up or donate to Olivia's Walk For Wellness on October 8, visit www.walkforwellness.com.au For more information about Chloe Lattanzi and updates on her music, find her on Instagram here See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.