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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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Jess on

Love this!

Apples The Mule on

“I embrace the curl” says the woman with the straight hair on the magazine cover. Womp.

Karin on

Her “curls” look great on the cover…..

holly on

About time she embraced the curl, which was one of her loveliest features when she was younger. Now hopefully she won’t get so much botox. After a certain age, trying too hard to appear younger actually makes you look older & kinda desperate.

Tina on

I’ve always liked the way she looked with curly hair. I have to bring this up because she always mentions her little daughters. Does she ever speak of her older son and daughter with Tom Cruise? Has she simply washed her hands of them because of Cruise and Scientology? They were so close when they were young.

Mel on

I get it about the hair… Mine is also naturally curly, which I don’t love, but my youngest also has my hair. I too wear it curly for her, but would much rather have it straight. Keith seems like an awesome hubby…love the letter idea. And I just love his huge Nicole tattoo.

boFan on

Really? So where are the curls on the cover of this mag? Where is her naturally (red) curly hair? She was so beautiful, now just harsh, in my opinion.

Jr on

You do realize that People chose the photo to go with this story, not Nicole. So don’t blame her for not showing her curls.

Eli on

Her hair looks awful here. Obviously the stylist’s fault. The lighting is weird too. I like her hair red…hope this blonde is just for a role.

Cat on

Nicole and Keith are a great example of it’s never too late to live happily ever after. Amen.

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.

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

@Jeanne
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

@JannyK
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.

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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