Nicole is featured on the cover of the July issue of InStyle magazine … they highlight how her star is being reborn this year.

She may be at yet another peak in her storied 30-plus-year career, but the greatest character Nicole Kidman has ever built is her own.

Take a seat at a suburban Nashville diner on a random morning and you may see a tall, curly-haired Australian actress eating an egg-white omelette amongst the regulars. On this particular spring morning, waiting in the corner booth of Noshville, I hear a hoot of laughter and then Nicole Kidman appears, casually escorted by country singer Vince Gill. Before sitting down for a full breakfast one booth over, he drops her off with me and announces that he’s turning 60 the next day. “Say hello to my boyfriend,” he says to Kidman, referring to her husband, Keith Urban.

Noshville is quite something. It’s a NewYork–style deli in Green Hills populated by a demographic that makes Kidman and me look as if we belong at the kids’ table. “Oh, I love this place,” she says, bopping around like, yes, a kid. “I do everything here.”

Kidman, who turns 50 this summer, 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 HBO hit series Big Little Lies, which, in this age of binge-watching, was addictive appointment viewing. 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.”

June 23 sees the release of Sofia Coppola’s gothic Civil War drama, The Beguiled, a remake of the 1971 Clint Eastwood classic. Kidman plays the headmistress of a girls’ school faced with a wolf in Colin Farrell’s clothing. Buttoned-up but ballsy, her character is the opposite of Kidman herself, who is the dictionary definition of sensitive. But I guess that’s why they call it acting.

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