When Hillary Clinton ran for President of the United States in 2016, she was the first woman to win the nomination of a major party. The historic moment won’t take her to the West Wing, but it did allow the world to see what can happen when one woman remains.
In the Apple TV+ documentary braveFormer Secretary of State Clinton and her co-host, daughter Chelsea, travel across the country interviewing fellow female change-makers—and to give viewers some inspiration, as the ongoing fight for women’s rights has gained new urgency. has taken.
In the series’ eight episodes, which deal with the personal and public battles of its subjects, the mother-daughter duo sits down with the venerable, firefighters, activists, and moms-to-be — with a heavy dose of star power from the likes of Amy Schumer, Kim Kardashian. , Gloria Steinem and Amber Ruffin.
“We see ‘guts’ as the core values that people must possess – resilience, determination, perseverance, courage – to get through life as you deal with any of life’s setbacks and disappointments. If you are knocked for, then get up.” The former presidential candidate tells Yahoo Life.
The series, which is based on the pair’s new York Times best seller, The Book of Gutsey Woman, It highlights subjects from a variety of backgrounds who have done something unattainably extraordinary themselves – such as Shannon Foley Martinez, a former white supremacist from Georgia who now uses canoe trips to help other women leave hate groups. do for.
“She left the hate and discrimination movement to try to lead a different life, and now she’s trying to start others again,” says the former first lady. Not just for yourself, but for others.”
brave Gives viewers a chance to see the other side of Hillary and Chelsea Clinton — including their organic chemistry at work, Chelsea regularly teasing her mother, and each opening up about their personal obstacles. In Episode 4, for example, Clinton sits down with Rev. Whitney Izanaten, who is queer and black and who marries all couples, especially those who are LGBTQ. That conversation quickly turns into their relationship to the former secretary of state, and she reveals that she did the most wonderful thing ever to stay in their marriage — which doesn’t mean it’s right for everyone, “She says.
“We didn’t have a script, nothing was off limits, and when she asked me that question, I felt like I should be as open about my life as she was and other people,” she Explains why she did not back down from the subject. “We had a two-way conversation with the women we were interviewing, but we want to have a two-way conversation with the people watching it, and we hope it sparks a lot of conversations in families and group of friends and everyone else.”
Chelsea also opens up, getting candid about the hardships she faced as a child of politicians, and how she can’t remember a time in her life when she wasn’t aware of the hatred she had towards her family. She was also well aware of the negative attention she received from the media as a teen, and admits in the premiere episode featuring Schumer that she was not a fan of comedy because of all the jokes she made at her expense.
“Thankfully, because there was a lot and it came from people who were on the right or people you might think are leftists, and it came from talk show hosts and professional comedians, it made me realize that It’s not about me,” Chelsea says.
“This episode really taught me a lot, because for so long I thought comedy wasn’t really funny.” “I thought maybe it was mean, and it was really illuminating for me, and I learned a lot about myself. And I learned a lot about comedy and I’ve got a whole new appreciation.”
Still, she is adamant that some things should be off limits.
“How weird is it that adults are making fun of a kid? It’s just weird,” Chelsea says. “And I know we disagree a lot in this country, but I hope we can agree that you shouldn’t make fun of kids.”
The thing she and her mom can definitely agree on is rapper Megan Thee Stallion’s Dare, who also appears in the series. “What really surprised me about Megan Thee Stallion is how much she refuses to acknowledge her happiness. She herself is selfless. She works as an artist, as an activist, and hopes to do with improving health care and the dignity of older people in their home community,” Chelsea says.
Over the years, Stallion has received backlash in the press and on social media for her outspoken sexual lyrics. Nevertheless, she remains one of the most popular rappers in the country and has three Grammy Awards to show for, enjoying her success despite criticism from her haters. It is a quality that drives Chelsea to do the same.
“She refuses to take away their happiness from her by people who want to tear her down. They don’t like the fact that she refuses to be anything but herself in all settings, and that really impressed me.” Because sometimes we think, especially as women, we have to curtail our happiness,” she says.
“So just to see her so joyful and to hear that joy in the hours spent with her, oh, wow, I have to remember to find my own happiness too.”
—produced by video Jackie Cosgrove