Nicole Kidman: 'It's Taken Me 40-Something Years, But I Embrace the Curl'

02/11/2014 at 09:00 AM ET

Nicole Kidman InStyleCourtesy InStyle

Nicole Kidman has been gradually shaking her “ice queen” image over the past year (how could we forget these Jimmy Choo ads?) but her most recent interview, for InStyle‘s March issue, may just shatter that perception altogether.

The star is warm, candid and funny in the interview, talking about her romantic marriage to Keith Urban and their sweet daughters together. While he often visits her on set and she and the girls frequently join him on the road, they do find themselves apart for periods of time due to their hectic work schedules. And when that happens, he works to keep the spark alive. “For every single night he’s away, he leaves me a love letter. Every single night of our relationship,” she says. “It keeps us close.”

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She credits her family for helping her embrace certain aspects of herself, like her curly hair — famous in her Days of Thunder days but straightened for almost all of her 20-plus year career. “I almost never straighten it anymore,” she says. “It’s taken me 40-something years, but I embrace the curl. My littlest daughter has the same hair. She likes it when my hair is curly, so I wear it for her.”

And she also confesses that life on the road with a musician has made her (gasp) a fan of fast-food burgers. “Keith and I eat at Wendy’s,” she admits. “You’ve got to remember, I’m with a musician on a tour bus. We do drive throughs!” We’ll never see her as that aloof ice queen again!

For lots more on her happy family, her favorite red carpet gowns ever and what she’ll never do before bedtime, pick up the issue, on stands Friday, and visit Then tell us: What do you think of Kidman going curly again? How do you keep your relationship romantic?

–Alex Apatoff

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Karen Dovigi on

I adore Nicole! I always have. And I especially love her beautiful curls, especially since mine is poker straight.

Montie on

Compared to how stick straight her hair usually is, that cover photo is practically ringlets. It’s probably not been straightened but blow dried. It has just a hint of a natural wave to it.

Katie on

So glad she left Tom Cruise… and glad that Katie Holmes did too.. But glad she found a great husband in Keith! I’m sure her curls were something she thought wasn’t great then.. and embracing now.. I always wanted curls.. having fine and straight hair (the Asian in me) has been horrific.. Now I embrace the straight hair :) As many times as I tried the “perm” look growing up.. boy am I glad those days are done with! ;) Cute article!

Casual Observer on

Jr, the interview was done by the magazine she’s on the cover of, In Style, not People. It was in the interview she says she’s embraced her curls.

Terry on

I love Nicole Kidman. She’s awesome.

Richard on

I love Nicole she is a great person and very good sister not a bully like Julia Roberts.

Bug on

Wait she says she Is embracing her naturally curly hair yet on the cover it is straight and looks photoshopped, okie dokie!

Reed on

I just love her and her husband. I am so glad she is no longer with TC!!!!!!!!! She is gorgeous, funny, so down to earth and seems so normal now.

Scout on

I like Nicole Kidman, in fact I watched Dead Calm last night, but in the cover photo she looks too much like Naomi Watts in my opinion.

Deb on

I read an interview very recently of Nicole saying that because she straightened her hair for so many years she can’t get back that same ringlet type pair she had when she was younger.

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