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The Jess Cagle Interview

Nicole Kidman Remembers the First Time She Met Tom Cruise

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Watch the full episode of The Jess Cagle Interview: Nicole Kidman, streaming now on People/Entertainment Weekly Network (PEN). Go to PEOPLE.com/PEN, or download the app for Apple TV, Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Xumo, Chromecast, Xfinity, iOS and Android devices.

The day Nicole Kidman met Tom Cruise was one of the most memorable — and pivotal — moments in her career.

Speaking on The Jess Cagle Interview, Kidman told PEOPLE and Entertainment Weekly‘s editorial director that her first meeting with Cruise was during her audition for 1990’s Days of Thunder — the film which sparked her romance and later marriage to the action star — when she was still an up-and-coming actress and very new to Hollywood.

“I remember walking in, I remember being so nervous and seeing Tom Cruise drive up in a Porsche, I think it was,” she recalled. “He got out of the car and walked through and I was like, ‘Ah.’ My jaw dropped. Then I had to go in and audition in front of Tony Scott. Sweet Tony. [Producers] Don Simpson, Jerry Bruckheimer, Robert Towne and Tom. I was like, ‘No way, I’m not going to get this.’ They called that afternoon and I had the job.”

The Lion actress revealed that she celebrated the good news with her mother.

“I was just like, ‘Oh my god, Mom!’ Yeah, that was huge. Huge,” says Kidman. “You know, obviously, changed my life extraordinarily. So grateful for the film, for everything that came with it. It was a big, important part of my life.”

While Kidman is now happily married to husband Keith Urban, with whom she has two daughters, Kidman also shares two children with ex-husband Cruise: Isabella and Connor Cruise.

“[It was] a beautiful marriage and all of those things that came out of it,” Kidman says of her 10-year marriage to Cruise. “Two beautiful children. The rest is history.”