And while the mandatory fragrance line and clothing lines have virtually become rites of passage for any A-lister looking to expand their 'empire', it seems starting a podcast has turned into the next major way for stars to connect with their fans outside of social media.
Although it might not be the right move for ever star, there are a number of famous people who've started shows that are genuinely worth a listen.
Below, 10 celebrity podcasts that definitely deserve a spot in your downloads.
I Weigh with Jameela Jamil
Actress and body neutrality advocate Jameela Jamil takes her I Weigh movement into podcast land, challenging society's definition of worth through weight by interviewing thought-leaders, performers, activists, influencers to re-frame the way we value ourselves. Previous guests include the likes of Reese Witherspoon, Billy Porter, Munroe Bergdorf, Debra Messing and more. Episodes usually hit around the one-hour to hour-and-15 mark, so there's plenty to devour.
Pretty Big Deal with Ashley Graham
Let it be known: Ashley Graham is one hell of a podcast host! The supermodel is equal parts hilarious and heartwarming, which makes her off-thecuff conversations with guests like Gabrielle Union, Kim Kardashian West (in one of her most humanising interviews to date) and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley feel like margarita night with the gals from Sweet Magnolias. Discussing everything from culture and beauty, to business and motherhood, episodes tend to go for 50 minutes to an hour.
Anna Faris Is Unqualified
Bringing you "completely unqualified advice", host and show creator Anna Faris know she's no expert at life, and that's precisely what makes this hilarious show such a gem. Running for 50 minutes to an hour, it's the ideal show to plug into when you need little reprieve from reality, with both Anna and her rotation of celebrity guests giving you something to laugh about. Previous guests include Padma Lakshmi, Chelsea Handler and Whitney Cummings, among many others.
The Michelle Obama Podcast
Launched in collaboration with Spotify in July 2020, the Michelle Obama's podcast is everything you'd hope it would be and more. Featuring meaningful conversations with those closest to her, the former First Lady chats to her loved ones and colleagues to "discuss the relationships that make us who we are". Her first guest? None other than Barack Obama, with the two talking about everything from their responsibilities to their country to how they fell in love.
Getting Curious with Jonathan Van Ness
Queer Eye's Jonathan Van Ness Brings his signature flair and fabulousness to a podcast that's equal parts pure and personal. Billed a "weekly exploration of all things Jonathan Van Ness is curious about", JVN chats to experts on a number of topics, ranging from "How Do You Know If Your Bae Is The One?" to "Do We Understand How The Holocaust Happened".
Oprah's SuperSoul Conversations
Does Oprah really need an introduction? We think not. But if you've by chance not come across her podcast, you're in for a treat. The audio equivalent of a hot cup of tea, the media mogul talks to best-selling authors, wellness experts and thought-leaders to tackle "life's big questions and bring you one step closer to your best self". Previous guests include a mixture of celebrities and experts, from Reese Witherspoon, Lady Gaga (a particularly excellent show) and Alicia Keys, to Deepak Chopra and Eckhart Tolle.
The goop Podcast
Love a wellness deep dive? Get comfy, because you're going to be plugged in to the goop podcast for quite some time. An extension of Gwyneth Paltrow's well-known lifestyle site, the podcast sees Paltrow and her chief content offer Elise Loehnen take turns interviewing "leading thinkers, culture changers, and industry disruptors—from doctors to creatives, CEOs to spiritual healers—about shifting old paradigms and starting new conversations". Paltrow's episodes typically involve deep'n'meaningfuls with her celebrity guests, such as Lupita Nyongo'o, Kerry Washington, Julia Roberts and more, while Loehnen covers thought-provoking deep dives with various figures in the wellness world.
Armchair Expert with Dax Shepherd
Guaranteed to leave you with a smile and a slightly fuller cup, this life-affirming podcast by actor and director Dax Shepherd and Emmy-nominated Monica Padman is well worth a download. Published weekly, the pair speak to a number of A-listers and experts for a charming deep dive into the human condition. Past guests have included Gwyneth Paltrow, How To Be An Antiracist author Ibram X. Kendi, Zoë Kravitz, January Jones and more. It's on the lengthier side as far as episodes go, with each show wrapping up around the two-hour mark.
NAKED with Catt Sadler
When it comes to celebrity interviews, it's not often that you come away feeling like you got a real glimpse of the person behind the Hollywood's glossy veneer. And that's exactly where Naked, hosted by journalist Catt Sadler, excels. Witty and whipsmart, Sadler's knack for drawing out her A-list guest's personal stories and vulnerable side is something to behold. Case in point? Her chat with Jennifer Lawrence on why she left Hollywood, and the episode with Queer Eye's Karamo, who opened up about his past suicide attempts. It's raw, real and just excellent listening.
RuPaul: What's The Tee? with Michelle Visage
Calling all Drag Race fans! Get all the behind-the-scenes tea in this series of comedic interviews, hosted by none other than RuPaul and co-host Michelle Visage. Together, the pair discuss everything from pop culture to beauty and backstage stories from the show, with each episode featuring celebrity guests like Nicki Minaj, Normani, Cara Delevingne and more.