It's important not to surround yourself with sycophants, says Nicole Kidman

Nicole Kidman has insisted that she actually welcomes feedback from her friends and family.



Nicole Kidman welcomes feedback
Nicole Kidman welcomes feedback

Nicole Kidman refuses to surround herself with "sycophants".

The Oscar-winning actress appreciates the unfiltered feedback she receives from her friends and family, including her teenage daughters.

Nicole, 57 - who has Sunday Rose, 15, and Faith Margaret, 13, with her husband Keith Urban - told PEOPLE: "They’re very supportive. But they're also like, ‘OK, calm down.' But I do think it's important not to have sycophants [around you]."

Nicole tries to remain level-headed, regardless of whether she's being criticised or praised.

The Hollywood star - who also has Isabella, 31, and Connor, 29, with ex-husband Tom Cruise - said: "It's not also seeking out really horrible criticism … We're all a work in progress, as they say."

Meanwhile, Nicole plays Zac Efron's on-screen love interest in 'A Family Affair', their new rom-com movie.

And the award-winning actress recently revealed that she considers the script to be a breath of fresh air.

She explained to PEOPLE: "We’ve had it from way back with older men and younger women, that’s just always been the norm - it’s okay, it’s completely acceptable. The problem is we’ve not had the equivalent from all different viewpoints, with women telling the stories. And we need game men.

"[Zac] came in and makes the film because he was like, 'I’m here to have fun, to play, and to very much be a part of this and be there for you.'"

Nicole feels they both benefited from the experience of working together before.

The actress - who starred alongside Zac in 2012's 'The Paperboy' - said: "It's really helpful when you're doing this sort of work together that you've already got a history together, because it's easy. You're not working to create a history. So I'm not like, ‘Can I touch you?’ I feel incredibly trusting of Zac."