Tom Cruise opens up a little bit in talking about his split from Nicole Kidman, though he has only nice things to say about his wife of nearly 10 years. ''I had great times with Nic,'' he tells Marie Claire magazine. ''We had some great times. And that's what I think about.'' He's still cryptic, though, about the reasons behind their split in early 2001. ''Whatever happened, happened, OK? You move on.''
He's moved on, of course, to ''Vanilla Sky'' costar Penelope Cruz, and while he says he has no plans to marry his squeeze of close to two years, he says he does enjoy ''doing romantic things'' for her. For instance? ''I surprise Penelope with different things. She'll come home, and I'll have her favorite kind of food made, have a bath drawn. I like doing stuff like that. She likes my food, so I cook for her,'' he tells Marie Claire. ''It's always the little things I like in a relationship.''
Until this month, the 10-year-old U.S. version of the French magazine had never had a man on the cover, but now, Cruise has appeared twice; the magazine is appearing on newsstands with two alternate Cruise covers, one a color portrait, the other black and white. Cruise's hair has also been drained of color; his locks have been frosted gray for the currently shooting ''Collateral,'' in which he plays his first truly villainous role, as a hitman. Gone is the beard he sported for months during the shooting of ''The Last Samurai,'' which opens December 5.