Nicole Kidman with her husband Keith Urban as they arrive at the 85th Academy Awards in Hollywood. Picture: Reuters

Keith Urban says Nicole Kidman is an "extraordinary wife".

The 'American Idol' judge - who has two daughters Sunday Rose, four, and Faith Margaret, two, - credits the actress for their ability to balance having successful careers with raising their children and praised her as an "amazing mother".

"I have an extraordinary team around me because it really does take a village," he said.

"I'm certainly not doing everything on my own. I just have tremendous thanks for all the help I have to make all of this happen.

"I have an extraordinary wife in Nic, who's an amazing mother. She just does a beautiful job of helping keep it all in balance."

The Australian singer also opened up his love of singing with Nicole, but insisted they will never record a duet.

The Oscar-winning actress sang throughout the movie 'Moulin Rouge' and also scored a UK number one single with Robbie Williams with their version of 'Something Stupid' in 2001.

"I think the only one that you can find is on YouTube when we inducted, sort of, Simon Baker into the G'Day USA Hall of Fame," Keith said.

"We put a little song together and we both sang that for him, but past that, no I think nothing professional. We just enjoy singing at home."

Meanwhile, Nicole ensured she had time for her young daughters while filming Park Chan Wook's new psychological thriller 'Stoker'.

Her co-star Matthew Goode was surprised by how much she did as a parent while being committed to a busy shooting schedule.

Speaking at a US press conference for 'Stoker', he said: "It's funny working with someone who's been very famous for such a long time, and I don't want to sound like I'm sucking up to her, but she's very generous with her time.

"We had a very nice day out with her where I got to know her as a mum - and some stars pay people to look after their children - but she's super hands-on and generous with her time."

Matthew was impressed with how the 45-year-old redhead - who also has adopted children Isabella, 20, and 17-year-old Connor with her ex-husband Tom Cruise - handled attention from the public and thought it was admirable she politely refused to be photographed with her kids.

Addressing Nicole directly, he said: "One doesn't know how to deal with it. You don't take photographs when you're out and about with your children in public and I love that about you.

"You've got to explain it to them [fans] and it's the nicest way of being let down if you have a longer conversation."

Nicole insists she always makes room in her day-to-day schedule to spend time with her kids and tries to do as many things as she can with them one-on-one.

She said: "I have many different-aged daughters so there are different fun things to do with each other."

The West Australian

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