"I remember thinking, Oh, my God, if you ever gave me a man like that, I promise I would be completely devoted for the rest of my life. Something that wild," Kidman, 43, tells guest interviewer Jennifer Aniston in February's Harper's Bazaar, on newsstands Jan. 18.
The Oscar winner says she even pleaded for someone similar to the country star. "I remembered praying after I met him that I'd meet somebody, if not him, like him," she says.
Of course, the rest is history. Urban and Kidman married in 2006, had a daughter, Sunday Rose, two years later, and now live a charmed life on a farm outside Nashville. It's a life that Aniston, 41 – Kidman's costar in Just Go with It – admits she wouldn't mind making for herself.
"I'm so inspired by how you navigate this exquisite career and how you've incorporated this wonderful, beautiful family," she tells Kidman. "I bow to it; I aspire to it."
The two actresses then get on the broader topic of family versus career. "I like to ask people if they would rather have a great love that lasts a lifetime or an amazing career where you go down in history," Kidman says. "Some people do answer that they want an extraordinary career."
"I know what I would choose," Aniston replies. "That's a no-brainer. I would choose the love of my life."
That's Kidman's answer, too. Asked what she would tell her 20-year-old self today, Kidman replies: "That you're going to meet the love of your life. My whole thing, my whole thrust in life, was hoping I would."
And what would Aniston tell her 20-year-old self? "I would tell myself to have more fun; enjoy this," Aniston says. "There was a lot of unnecessary angst. … Don't worry about something going away; enjoy it while it's happening."