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

Lupita Nyong'o discusses her close friendship with Jared Leto in a new interview

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 PorterEdit 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 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.”

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.

Photographed by Paola Kudacki for PorterEdit

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

“Starting with 12 Years a Slave, I was welcomed [in Hollywood] with such warmth,” the actress told the outlet. “My castmates surrounded me. I don’t know if they are aware of this, but I felt so protected.”

Sarah Paulson: my God, that girl, she was like everything to me,” Nyong’o continued. “And Alfre Woodard, she was invaluable. I would ask questions about my finances, where I should live, all sorts of things.”

Beyond her castmates, Nyong’o says she was also welcomed by one very famous face: “Oprah embraced my mom and my brother and invited them to her house for lunch without me. I was just like, ‘Wow, this is an incredibly supportive industry.’ I didn’t feel isolated.”

Lupita Nyong’o for PorterEdit. Photographed by Paola Kudacki for PorterEdit

In 2014, Leto thanked “my future ex-wife, Lupita” when he won the Independent Spirit Award for best supporting actor, adding, “I’m thinking about you.”

Nyong’o previously addressed the dating rumors on a 2014 episode of The Ellen DeGeneres Show.

“You know it’s crazy cause when I read these rumors, they’re so detailed that even I start to question whether they’re true or not,” the actress told host Ellen DeGeneres of being in the fame bubble. “I know I’ve believed them in the past and now I guess I can’t believe anything.”

Nyong’o can next be seen in Jordan Peele’s Us, which hits theaters on March 22.

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