"Empty Inside" is a podcast where host Jennette McCurdy talks with a different guest each episode, doing a deep dive into a specific topic. General topic areas are comedy, eating disorders, filmmaking, jealousy, therapy, and the crippling sense of doom we all face as we desperately try to fill the void within.
guest: elsie fisher. topic: self-doubt.
guest: lea waters. topic: toxic mothers.
guest: karan brar. topic: child acting.
guest: misha osherovich. topic: identity.
guest: james robertson. topic: storytelling.
guest: caroline miller. topic: overcoming bulimia.
guests: joshua fields millburn and ryan nicodemus. topic: minimalism.
guest: audrey brianne. topic: mental health stigmas.
guest: anna faris. topic: fish out of water.
i talk with whitmer thomas (his special “the golden one” is out now on HBO) about our dead moms. how have we processed our grief ? do we feel anger toward our deceased mothers ? what horrific and hilarious memories can we conjure from our mothers’ terminal months ?
i talk with my friend and brilliant comedian daniel sloss (his special “x” is on hbo. his specials “dark” + “jigsaw” are on netflix) about confidence. how can you differentiate between legitimate confidence and false, ego-based confidence ? where does confidence come from and is it possible to fake it ?
i talk with bestselling author / harvard psychology professor susan david about handling difficult emotions. how can we avoid brooding in or bottling up our feelings ? how does knowing our values help us to manage our emotions ? what's the matter with today's increasingly popular happiness movement ?
i talk with comedian/actress esther povitsky (her special Hot For My Name is out on Comedy Central now) about antidepressants. how did getting on antidepressants change esther's life ? what led her to get on them in the first place ? and should i get on them immediately ?!?!?
i talk with best-selling author / life coach christine hassler about the challenges of being in your 20s. how do you start to take accountability for your life ? how can you establish boundaries and healthy family dynamics ? and most importantly, why did no one tell us that our 20s would be such a shit show ? i mean seriously, what is this shit ?
i talk with olympic runner/bobsledder lolo jones about her various olympic experiences as well as her turbulent upbringing that paved the way for her olympic dreams.
i talk with author / this american life editor / yale graduate susan burton (her memoir empty is out now) about our adolescent experiences with eating disorders . what were our first memories of wanting to change our bodies ? how did we feel when we were on various rungs of the eating disorder “hierarchy” ? did our eating disorders stem from a fixation on little girlhood and wanting to stay child-like ?
i talk with comedy producer / photographer / my dear friend mandee johnson (her book super serious is out now) about adjusting and how covid has changed our courses in life .
i talk with comedian taylor tomlinson about dating. what are the most important lessons we’ve learned from past relationships ? would we still have chemistry with any of our exes if we met them today ? in which relationship were we the worst versions of ourselves ?
i talk with comedian/actress arden myrin about humor. when were our senses of humor the cringiest ? when have we used humor as a defense mechanism to mask our pain ? what eventually led us to develop senses of humor that were more genuine to us ? (arden’s book Little Miss Little Compton is out September 29th !! you can pre-order it now at www.ardenmyrin.com).
i talk with influencer / skincare expert hyram yarbro about how he came to terms with his sexuality while growing up in the LDS church, our opposite experiences with our mormon upbringings (for me, church was an escape. for hyram, a prison), and the danger of suppressing our emotions .
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