“Jared Leto, he’s still on speed dial, because we were on that [Oscar campaign] journey together and he’s so embracing of me,” Nyong'o told the publication. “There was an intimacy that grew from that, that goes beyond the dating rumors, beyond all that.” For now, Lupita. For now.
The Oscar campaign Nyong’o is referring to took place back in 2014, before both snagged Best Supporting Actress and Actor Oscars for their respective roles in 12 Years a Slave and Dallas Buyers Club. Leto further fueled dating rumors when he shouted out Nyong'o during his acceptance speech at the Film Independent Spirit Awards in 2014, calling her his “future ex-wife.”
“My cast mates surrounded me. I don’t know if they are aware of this, but I felt so protected,” Nyong’o said.