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

02/11/2014 at 09:00 AM ET

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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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jeanne on

She is lying about touring with her husband. Check her film schedule and check his tour schedule. It is a rare occasion if she is in attendance because her husband lets his audience know at every show if she is with him or not.

Marie on

Thanks for your wisdom, if we need to know anything else PERSONAL about Nicole will ask you since you know her like the back of your hand.

Penny on

There is always healthy food catered in for the band and crew at Keith’s concerts when he’s on tour. Usually he is sleeping while the bus is being driven from city to city. Besides a tour bus is way too big to go through any drive thru.

Colleen on

Nicole was not present at his recent concert in Nashville. Keith said so.

guest on

I have always enjoyed nicoles’ look and fashion. glad she married keith urban and dumped tom cruise, he is homely, my nephrew met him in person in tellride, Colorado, says, tom is short with a hugh nose. but, why doesn’t Nicole ever talk about her adoptive children or pictures? ever, hummm..

Jannyk on

Yawn! Wait, don’t you have two older kids with TC or did you wash your hands of them along with their dad?

Marie on

Everyone knows they don’t have a strong relationship and unless you personally know what happen….be quiet.

? on

So many lies Nicole. When is it all going to end.

blair on

If you love the curls why not show them?

CripplerQueen on

Sad that it took her so long to embrace her curls. By the time I got out of high school I realized what great hair I have and mines not nearly as manageable as hers probably is. You should love your hair, straight, curly, flat, shaved off, it’s all fun to work with.

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