When Nicole Kidman agreed to answer PEOPLE’s reader questions, little did she know she’d be quizzed on her cooking skills (not great, she admits) or to reveal her biggest quirk (she loves coffee – but mostly foam).
But the Oscar-winning actress, 42, who plans on spending the holidays Down Under, was happy to open up about her life in Nashville while doing press in New York City for her upcoming movie musical Nine, which opens in theaters Christmas Day.
As for husband Keith Urban‘s whereabouts? The country star played dutiful husband, watching the Tennessee Titans in the adjoining room while his movie star wife answered your questions.
If you could work a normal job, what would you want it to be? – Jessica Lynne Bryson, Chattanooga, Tenn.
I’d love to be an interior designer. I just love walking into a room and redoing it. When my girlfriends are buying an apartment, they’ll always ask me to come along because I’m going ‘You can knock that wall down, just put a little bit of paint there.’
What is your favorite new thing that Sunday Rose has learned? – Amanda Mustard, Brunner, Ontario, Canada
She now points at anything and goes, ‘Bug.’ That’s her word. We were in the hotel room the other day, and there was a little sprinkler up in the corner of the room. She kept pointing at it and going ‘bug!’ Keith had to hold her up and prove to her that it wasn’t a bug.
What mundane chores do you like to do? – Anna Marie Pugh, Louisville, Ohio
Strangely enough, I love putting clothes in the washing machine. I would always do the washing growing up – that was one of my jobs. And I quite like ironing shirts.
What’s your biggest quirk? – Kimberly Taylor, Dallas, Texas
Keith and I love coffee. I love the foam more than the coffee. I will go and order a cappuccino and say, make it all foam and very little coffee. They know me now at the Starbucks in Nashville.
How did you overcome your shyness? – Joel Morales, San Juan, Puerto Rico
I think a lot of it has to do with just getting comfortable in my own skin. That’s part of getting older. It’s okay to be 5 ft. 11 in. and all of the things that I used to feel awkward about. I now feel comfortable. A lot of that comes with being loved.
How do you cope working in an industry that refuses to let women age naturally and gracefully? – Monika Ballew, Eureka, Calif.
Well, I live in Tennessee so it is slightly different than living in L.A. I just worked with Sophia Loren [in Nine], and she is so gorgeous and she has such grace. I use her as a role model.
Your husband has several tattoos, would you ever consider getting one? – Allyson Walker, Allen, Texas
No. I am tattooless.
Do you like to cook? – Soqui Ramos, Boston, Mass.
I am a terrible cook. I cook chicken for Keith, and it’s always dry. I’m a much better person to cook for because I love food and I will eat almost anything.