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 InStyle.com. 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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MARY on

I SAT AND READ THE COMMENTS AND HAD TO LAUGH. THESE PEOPLE TALK LIKE THEY ARE PERSONAL FRIENDS OF KEITH AND NICOLE. I CAN’T KEEP UP WITH MY OWN SCHEDULE, HOW COULD YOU POSSIBLY KNOW SOMEONE’S THAT HAS AN ASSISTANT HELP THEM KEEP UP WITH WHERE THEY NEED TO BE. ALL I CAN REALLY SAY ABOUT THEM IS THIS : HAVING BEEN SHOVED INTO NICOLE AT AN EVENT SHE IS EXTREMELY BEAUTIFUL WOMAN WITH FLAWLESS SKIN, AND KEITH HAS A GREAT SMILE AND NOD IN THE GROCERS. LEAVE THEM ALONE THEY REALLY DON’T OWE US ANYTHING BUT A GOOD MOVIE AND A GREAT PERFORMANCE WHICH WE GET!!!!!!

grasshopper44 on

I remember reading an interview with her a while back where she was asked about Connor and Isabella. She said at that time that she didn’t talk about them much because as teenagers they found it embarrassing for her to do so, and she wanted to respect their wishes.

Judy on

I love Nicole and Keith…..sweet family,

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