This is an excerpt from our cover story with Nicole Kidman. For more with Nicole pick up a copy of September issue, on sale Thursday August 17.
Kidman, who turned 50 this year, is in her element, both physically and metaphorically.
At the start of a four-month break from back-to-back projects, she’s taking a breath and spending time with Urban and their two daughters, Sunday and Faith. After a three-decades-plus acting career—both amply rewarded and deliberately esoteric—she is in the unusual and glorious position of coming off the massive hit series Big Little Lies, which, in this age of binge-watching, was addictive appointment viewing.
"I've always chosen to have really deep, intense romantic relationships."
The miniseries, co-produced by Kidman and Reese Witherspoon among others, and co-starring Laura Dern and Shailene Woodley, was pretty mainstream for Kidman, and its success gave her an old-fashioned kick. “I was like, ‘Yeah, I’ll do this because I want to work with my friends.’” She laughs. “And, luckily, my friends are talented.”
You’ve raised children at two different times in your life— Isabella and Connor, who are 24 and 22 years old, and now Sunday and Faith, who are 9 and 6.
I suppose the basis of who I am is maternal. I’m the oldest child in my family, which probably has a lot to do with nurturing and taking care of people. So, yeah, a lot of my forces are maternal. I mean, they’re romantic too. I’ve always chosen to have really deep, intense romantic relationships. I don’t dabble. That’s who I am, and my mother’s always said it: “You’re just a child who attaches.”