Nicole Kidman Poses Topless for Sexy Photo Shoot, Opens Up About Tom Cruise Split (PHOTOS)

By: Gabrielle Chung / August 25, 2012

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The 45-year-old actress is seen stripped down to nearly nothing in the Fall issue of V magazine. Posing topless on the cover for photographer Mario Testino, Kidman channels her the nymphomaniac character she portrays opposite Zac Efron and John Cusack in her new movie, The Paperboy.

“I would be more outlandish if I could,” she says of her sexy side. “A lot of times you just don’t get the chance.”

Aside from opening up about her sexuality, Kidman also spills about taking on her famous role in The Hours — a part she won an Oscar for after splitting from actor Tom Cruise in 2001.

What did she say about life after the Tom Gun actor?

“If you’re being completely drained in your personal life and you’re never being nourished there, it’s very hard to make it work,” Kidman says of taking on the Stephen Daldry film.”But sometimes, if you meet the right person who will mine it, and you’re open to being mined, it can really work. Stephen was able to mine me. I was crazy in love with him, and so I was like, I’ll do whatever, because I love you. I gave him every part of me that I could give him.”

Kidman, who shares kids Connor, 17, and Bella, 19, with Cruise, 50, married Keith Urban in 2006. The couple share daughters Sunday, 4, and Faith, 20 months.

Cruise, on the other hand, split from wife Katie Holmes this July after five-and-a-half years of marriage.

 

Though Kidman is keeping busy with work — recently signing up to star in Lars von Trier‘s new controversial film Nymphomaniac — the Hollywood mom says family comes first for her.

“Time is so precious and I love the sound of them and the feel of them,” she says. “I just don’t want to miss anything, and I don’t want them to go ‘Where’s my mom?’ So I’m working through that.”

As a fair skinned and red-headed child, Kidman reveals she had a strict upbringing and was forbidden from going in the sun between the hours of 10 am and 3 pm. Stuck inside, the actress admits she spent her childhood pouring over books.

“At the time I thought it was the cruelest thing, and now I know it was the greatest gift,” she says. “I probably had a strong sexuality as a child, so that informs all that yearning and wanting things, and the hormones that are running through you at a really early age—they all started to surge because of the things I was reading.”

Launch the gallery — above — to see photos from Kidman’s sexy shoot.