It's undeniable that Lupita Nyong'o shared a unique on-screen chemistry with Michael Fassbender in the Oscar-nominated 12 Years A Slave so it comes as no surprise that the pair also had a close bond away from the set with the actress revealing that they spent a lot of time together when they weren't filming scenes.
The 30-year-old has so far won several awards and nominations for her emotional turn as Patsey in the slavery-period drama starring alongside Chiwetel Ejiofor, however, it's Lupita's brutal relationship with slave owner Edwin Epps played by Fassbender that really tugs on the heart strings.
Lupita Nyong'o has received an Oscar nomination for her role as Patsey (FayesVision/WENN)
Speaking about their relationship in real life, Lupita told Glamour magazine: “Michael and I had a ritual that we never even really spoke about: We would make nice right before a scene, and then we’d make nice after a scene.
“Just looking into each other’s eyes, an embrace, squeeze of the hands - that would button the scene. And at the end of the day when [director] Steve [McQueen] said cut, we would go out and enjoy the freedom that these people we were playing have granted us. It was a very close-knit cast and crew.”
Lupita with Fassbender and Chiwetel Ejiofor in 12 Years a Slave (WENN)
The Kenyan beauty is awaiting the 2014 Oscars taking place next month to find out if she has won the Best Supporting Actress gong for her critically-acclaimed role in the Steve McQueen-directed film, but Lupita recently admitted that despite the Hollywood buzz about her, she's still not used to the fame.
"I've been in a bubble. I haven't been out much. I haven't gotten used to being recognised," she told New York magazine.
"I was blissfully ignorant of the magnitude of the project I was in or what it was going to mean for the world."