Lupita Nyong'o Opens Up About Her 'Intimacy' with Jared Leto: 'He's Still on Speed Dial'

PEOPLE.com | 3/8/2019 | Staff
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Lupita Nyong’o just addressed those Jared Leto dating rumors.

The actress, 36, is featured on the cover of Net-a-Porter‘s weekly digital magazine PorterEditthis link opens in a new tab this week, where she opened up about what she’s learned since becoming a big Hollywood star with 2013’s 12 Years a Slave.

Nyong'o - Friends - Industry - Feel - Home

Nyong’o revealed that finding friends in the industry helped her feel more at home in Hollywood — and those friendships include Leto, 47.

“Jared Leto, he’s still on speed dial, because we were on that [Oscar campaign] journey together and he’s so embracing of me,” the actress said. “There was an intimacy that grew from that, that goes beyond the dating rumors, beyond all that.”

Pair - Awards - Season - Trail - Leto

The pair became close on the 2014 awards season trail, where Leto was making the rounds for his role in Dallas Buyers Club and Nyong’o was on the trail with 12 Years a Slave. The two eventually both won their first Oscars on the same night: Nyong’o won Best Supporting Actress, and Leto won Best Supporting Actor.

Nyong’o also revealed in the interview that she felt “protected” by her 12 Years a Slave castmates.

Years - Slave - Hollywood - Warmth - Actress

“Starting with 12 Years a Slave, I was welcomed [in Hollywood] with such warmth,” the actress...
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