Nicole Kidman rarely speaks about her two oldest kidsConnor, now 21, and Bella, now 23 — whom she adopted during her marriage to first husband Tom Cruise. But while promoting Lion, in which she plays an adoptive mother, she opens up to In Touch, addressing the issue of adopted children seeking out their biological parents.

“Every family’s experience with this is distinct and private,” she said.

MORE: Did John Stamos Adopt a Baby Boy? See the Pic

connor cruise bella cruise getty images

Connor and Bella Cruise.

“But we live in an ever more transparent world, technologically speaking. Kids are resourceful,” she continues, "and the need to know your origin story is universal.”

For more on Nicole Kidman and her family, pick up the latest issue of In Touch, on newsstands now!

in touch weekly cover