Actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus, who was part the much-viewed takedown of Hollywood and its treatment of women over a certain age, is embracing age in her new podcast for Lemonada Media. In Wiser Than Me, Louis-Dreyfus will sit down with icons over the age of 70 to hear their unfiltered life lessons and never-before-shared stories. It is the first podcast for the actress known for her work on television shows including “Seinfeld” and “Veep.” The ten-episode Wiser Than Me launches next month.
“It is just stunning to me that older women are so easily dismissed and made invisible in our culture, which just seems to just celebrate youth,” Louis-Dreyfus said in the show’s trailer. “I want to hear from the old ladies. I want to talk to them. I want to know what they’ve learned by living 70, or 80 or 85 years. And on Wiser Than Me, we’re not tiptoeing around the age thing either. We all have a lot to learn from these wise women.”
Episode one of the podcast features an interview with actress and activist, Jane Fonda, and episode two welcomes Chilean writer, Isabel Allende (The House of the Spirits). Other first season guests include comedienne Carol Burnett, author Amy Tan, fashion designer Diane von Fürstenberg, writer Fran Leibowitz, and singer Darlene Love, among others. Each episode of the podcast ends with Louis-Dreyfus having a call with her 89-year-old mother, Judy, to unpack what she learned from that week’s guest.
“From the very beginning, Julia has been clear about creating a platform to share the wisdom she knows we all need and want. The show is delightful, elevated, funny, and profound all at once,” said Lemonada’s Chief Creative Officer Stephanie Wittels Wachs.
The first two episodes of Wiser Than Me will be available on Tuesday, April 11. Lemonada says new episodes will be released weekly.
“Working with Julia has been such a natural partnership. She has a very clear vision for this show and beyond, and we get to help bring it to your ears,” said Lemonada CEO Jessica Cordova Kramer.