There’s good reason why celebrities are drawn to making podcasts. Unlike TV, movies, or even vlogs, podcasts don’t require them to show up to a set or location; they also don’t have to sit for hours of hair and makeup or need to dress up. Yet podcasts, especially those that involve interviews with fellow celebrities, allow them to be candid, honest, and intimate—three qualities their fans rarely see.
My Pope Philippines recommends these five celebrity podcasts for their content—some informative, others entertaining, but definitely all engaging.
Celebrity Podcast: Paano Ba ‘To?! by Bianca Gonzalez
After launching her book in 2014 and her video series in 2016, likeable TV host, writer, and advocate Bianca Gonzalez now has a podcast version of Paano Ba ‘To?! Each 15-to-30-minute-or-so episode attempts to answer questions concerning life, career, self, and love, with celebrity guests in between. Enchong Dee talks about athlete support following Hidilyn Diaz’s gold medal win at the Tokyo Olympics, and Pia Wurtzbach discusses the fierce yet unspoken competition among women. (Read: Gal Gadot Hosts New Series About ‘Wonder Women’ Around the World)
Celebrity Podcast: Lecheng Pag-ibig ‘To! by Sam YG and DJ Chacha
You don’t have to be in a relationship to appreciate relationship-driven discussions moderated by TV and radio personalities Sam YG and DJ Chacha. “Help! How to tell our parents na gusto na naming mag live-in?”, “Help! How to handle money issues sa relasyon?”, and “Help! Akala ko true love, pera lang pala habol!” are among the animated, no holds barred episodes.
Celebrity Podcast: Oprah’s Master Class: The Podcast by Oprah Winfrey
Yes, she’s still the Queen of Talk, and her podcast of insightful interviews with some of America’s high-profile celebrities proves it. Sit back with a hot cup of coffee and listen as Oprah gets real with basketball legend Shaquille O’Neal, action star Dwayne Johnson, and straightforward talent judge Simon Cowell. It’s almost as if you were there. (Read: LIST: Feel-Good Podcasts for Every Filipino Parent)
Celebrity Podcast: Conan O’Brien Needs A Friend by Conan O’Brien
Fans of the Late Night talk show host will delight in this podcast where celebrity interviews are more relaxed, funny, and unhampered by broadcast regulations—in other words, they’re like conversations among friends. In this case, Conan’s “friends” include former President Barack Obama, comedian Adam Sandler, rock star Bruce Springsteen, and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
Celebrity Podcast: The Karen Davila Podcast by Karen Davila
Seasoned broadcast journalist Karen Davila launches her eponymous podcast, which she describes as “casual, straight from my heart, and hopefully unfiltered.” Her debut episode is a scoop: a one-on-one interview with enigmatic actor John Lloyd Cruz, who returns after a four-year hiatus of soul searching. (Read: Passion or Career? Podcaster Marge Villaester Weighs In)