It’s been said that the grass is always greener on the other side. For those gifted with naturally straight hair, you might have once wished for bouncing curls. For folks with curls, you probably spent some time envying those with sleek hair. If you belong to the latter group, Nicole Kidman can definitely relate.

The Australian-born actress may have smooth hair now, but once upon a time, she rocked a much, much curlier ‘do. “I really wanted to have that suntanned skin and long blonde hair,” she revealed in an interview with WHO Magazine. “I wanted to conform and be the Aussie beach girl. And I was never going to be that.”

Another age-old adage is to be careful what you wish for, and the Big Little Lies star, 49, is living proof. As she revealed to the mag, the one hairstyle she dreams of nowadays is the one she wished away.

Thanks to years of heat-styling and treatments, Kidman’s hair has completely changed texture, much to the actresses’ chagrin. “I wish I had my curls back,” she said. “I tortured them to death.”

Now, she’s advising the curly-haired to think twice before straightening their spirals. “I always say, ‘Don’t ruin the ringlets!’” she says.

While we think she looks great either way, it’s certainly a good reminder to be appreciative of our own natural beauty.

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(h/t InStyle UK; photos via Patrick Riviere + Chris Jackson/Getty)