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I’m Very Country at Heart
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I’m Very Country at Heart

2014   |   Written by Jennifer Merritt

InStyle
March 2014

The cover of our Nocturne Issue talks about her newest film “Lion” and her decision to continue to take on small roles.

She may be an Aussie who was born in Hawaii (more on that in a bit), but Nicole Kidman tells Simon Dumenco in the March issue of InStyle, on newsstands Friday, that she’s really nothing more than a country bumpkin.

“I’m very country at heart,” says the Oscar winner. “I have a real desire to be outdoors, a desire for simplicity—a slightly slower, relaxed approach to life. A community, not a big-city feel. That’s what I grew up with, and it’s what I prefer.”

In fact, it’s a little known tidbit about Kidman that she was born on the beach in Hawaii—sort of. “I used to pretend to the kids at school that I was born right on Waikiki Beach in Honolulu,” she says with a laugh. “I was actually delivered in a hospital—but it sounded good, and they believed me.”

At our shoot in a two-story home in Nashville, the actress’ down-home sensibility (and sense of humor) was on full display, in spite of being dolled up in the likes of Dior, Chanel, and Valentino. Kidman chatted about everything from her daughters with husband Keith Urban, Sunday, 5, and Faith, 3, her workout routine, and even nibbled a piece of our style director Melissa Rubini’s organic dark chocolate from Whole Foods Market.

Up next for the 46-year-old star is the role of the beautiful and iconic princess and actress Grace Kelly in Grace of Monaco, premiering in Cannes in May. A daunting task for any actor, but if past is precedent, Kidman — often called “fearless” thanks to taking on roles like a murderous weatherwoman in To Die For and, in Fur, the photographer Diane Arbus, who committed suicide in 1971 — will shine. “I always try to push through fear,” she says. “People always say, ‘Oh, you take such risks,’ or ‘You’re brave.’ And I’m like, ‘Well, if you only knew—inside I’m really frightened!”

Hanging with our March cover star in Nashville, writer Simon Dumenco learned a lot about Nicole Kidman. One tibit? The Aussie was actually born in Hawaii — and has a traditional Hawaiian name, too: Hokulani, which means heavenly star. We loved her already, but that kinda warms our hearts even more. (Also, we want a Hawaiian name! Not surprisingly, there’s a name generator for that.)

Turns out, there’s a whole bunch more we love about Kidman (up next in the film Grace of Monaco as princess and actress Grace Kelly) that we just couldn’t fit into our pages. So herewith, details on romantic dates with husband of seven years Keith Urban, that time she wasn’t into fashion (hard to believe but true!), and other things we never knew about the 46-year-old star.

Want more? To read the full interview with the Oscar winner, pick up the March issue of InStyle, available on newsstands and for digital download now.

1. On her ideal date with Keith: “Actually, the perfect date would be in the morning. We’d go for a swim in the ocean, because we both love to swim, and then follow that with a massive breakfast with coffee and Turkish toast and croissants. There we go. Awesome.”

2. On her favorite workout: “I love to spin. I like going to the classes instead of doing it at home. I love it because of the music and it’s dark —like a club!— and it’s only 45 minutes. You’re in and then out and done.”

3. On high-wattage play dates: “Naomi [Watts] and I hang out with our kids. She has two boys and I have two girls and they are around the same age. They love to do shows, put on musicals for us. They’ll get all dressed up and sing and mime.”

4. On elegant pajamas: “I always wear white pajamas by Frette. I love pajamas. I’ll put them on sometimes when I get home. I really like plain white, crisp and white, but sometimes also the ones with a lit bit of blue piping.”

5. On chilling out: “I like to meditate, Transcendental Meditation usually. I took it up in my early 20s and I learned the benefits. I try to do it every day. A typical session is 20 to 30 minutes. I even use a meditation app on my phone that has a timer and also shows you on a map all the people that have logged in that are meditating at that very moment.”

6. On the tome yet to be written: “One of these days I’ll write something. I just have to discipline myself. I already have a story I want to write. It’s a very personal story that I’ve already written in my head. I know how it should play out, but it’s kind of heavy so I have to commit to doing it. Once I commit to it though I’ll do it in a week.”

7. On taking a fashion breather: “I went through a period where I didn’t care at all about fashion after I had my kids. But I’ve come back again to really enjoying it artistically. I’ve simplified my look which is probably part of getting older — you tend to simplify. If someone says they like something, I’ll give it away.”

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