We weren't aware of any dating rumours surrounding Lupita Nyong'o and Jared Leto but apparently there are and the Black Panther actress discussed them head-on in her Net-A-Porter interview. A noted topic in the feature touches on her support system and how important her inner circle was when she stepped in the world of Hollywood after her role in 12 Years A Slave.


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One of the most supportive was Suicide Squad actor Jared, who still just a phone call away. “Jared Leto, he’s still on speed dial, because we were on that [Oscar campaign] journey together and he’s so embracing of me,” she told the publication. “There was an intimacy that grew from that, that goes beyond the dating rumors, beyond all that.”

The duo became close in 2014 when they both scored big during the Oscars, Jared winning Best Supporting Actor for Dallas Buyers Club while Lupita won Best Supporting Actress for 12 Years A Slave. 

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