47 episodes

What is it like to be famous before you’re famous? What is it like to walk in the shoes of another person? Each episode of Imagined Life takes you on an immersive journey into the life of a world-famous person. It’ll be someone you may think you know, even admire -- or maybe the opposite. You’ll get clues to your identity along the way. But only in the final moments will you find out who “you” really are. So sit back, let go, and -- imagine your life, with our hosts, Oscar nominated Virginia Madsen and celebrated voice actor Robbie Daymond. From Wondery, the network behind Dirty John.

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    • 4.8 • 7.2K Ratings

What is it like to be famous before you’re famous? What is it like to walk in the shoes of another person? Each episode of Imagined Life takes you on an immersive journey into the life of a world-famous person. It’ll be someone you may think you know, even admire -- or maybe the opposite. You’ll get clues to your identity along the way. But only in the final moments will you find out who “you” really are. So sit back, let go, and -- imagine your life, with our hosts, Oscar nominated Virginia Madsen and celebrated voice actor Robbie Daymond. From Wondery, the network behind Dirty John.

    Say Yes Host Carla Hall Chats with Robbie Daymond

    Say Yes Host Carla Hall Chats with Robbie Daymond

    Carla Hall, the host of Wondery's new podcast "Say Yes," stops by to chat with Imagined Life host Robbie Daymond about how he's found success, and some of the challenges he's had to face to get to where he is today.

    You might know Carla Hall from her time on Top Chef and as a TV personality on GMA and Netflix’s Crazy Delicious. But, the biggest moments in Carla’s life have come when she decided to face adversity head on. Her motto is ”say yes” to everything life throws your way. In her new Wondery podcast, ‘Say Yes with Carla Hall,’ Carla sits down with some of the most inspiring celebrity personalities and they explore their challenges and how they got to their yes. In this clip, you'll hear a preview of her interview with Kristen Bell. And with more great guests to come like, Billy Porter, Martha Stewart, Gretchen Rubin, and Loni Love, "Say Yes" will motivate you to get to your yes in life, too. Listen at wondery.fm/sayyes_imaginedlife.

    • 9 min
    Wondery Presents: Bunga Bunga

    Wondery Presents: Bunga Bunga

    Silvio Berlusconi was a charismatic multi-millionaire real-estate mogul who upended the Italian political order and hypnotized an entire nation. He was the longest-serving prime minister of one of the world’s wealthiest countries, until he was brought down by three powerful women - and two words: “Bunga Bunga.” From Wondery, the makers of Dirty John and The Shrink Next Door, and hosted by comedian Whitney Cummings, “Bunga Bunga” is an eight part series on the incredible true story of the rise and fall of Silvio Berlusconi, told with Whitney’s signature wit and style.

    Listen to Podcast: wondery.fm/Imagined_BB

    • 6 min
    The Soloist

    The Soloist

    Music’s the only place where you can really be yourself. But to be a star, you’ll first have to become somebody else….

    Hosted by Robbie Daymond.

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    • 45 min
    The Striver

    The Striver

    You fight to get it all. Fame. Money. Influence. But when you face a major setback, you’ll have to decide: Are you going to give up? Or keep pushing ahead?

    Hosted by Robbie Daymond. 

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    • 44 min
    The Secret Agent

    The Secret Agent

    As a child, you became a pro at hiding in plain sight. Years later, it’s what makes you the perfect spy. But can you really hide forever?

    Hosted by Robbie Daymond.

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    • 43 min
    The Orphan

    The Orphan

    You are going to fight tooth and nail until you're famous. But as you struggle for recognition, you’ll have to face something that's tormented you throughout your whole life.

    Hosted by Virginia Madsen.

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    • 46 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
7.2K Ratings

7.2K Ratings

GabbsE ,

Absolutely Fabulous!

Wondery! What an amazing take on famous artists and their lives! So many of these endings made me cry! I absolutely loves this series! George Orwell was the impactful for me.

Aupair1995 ,

Depends on the episode. And your age

I’m only 4 episodes in. The first (The Orphan) was PHENOMENAL omg. I was FLOORED and immediately addicted. But then the next 3 I picked were all kind of the same storyline. 2 of the 3 were people I didn’t even know because they were before my time and not exactly “world famous”. Just famous within their industry. I wish there was a way to see what each person is famous for without spoiling it. Like if they just said “entertainment” or... “historical figure” or “entrepreneur”. Because I don’t know who random 80s feminist businesswoman is. My parents might. Maybe I’ll stumble across another good one.

Kailbill ,

First season was best

I really enjoy this show but I think the first season was best. The latter seasons have a lot more people that, while their stories are interesting, I don’t feel are as well known names outside of certain groups.

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