12 Years a Slave stars fall in love

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IOL Mike and Lupita From master and slave to lovers?

Michael Fassbender and Lupita Nyong'o are reportedly dating.

The 'Shame' star is said to have been romancing his '12 Years A Slave' co-star on and off in recent months but he is now keen to show her he's "serious" about their relationship.

A source told The Sun newspaper: "They have an incredible connection after the whirlwind of filming '12 Years A Slave' and then promoting it together.

"In September during the Toronto Film Festival they had a brief romance. Now Michael is intent on showing how he wants to get serious again and made a point of bringing his mum Adele to the Oscars rather than a date.

"Lupita's the most in-demand woman in the world at the moment so it will be hard to make it work but their chemistry is undeniable."

Lupita, 31, grew close to 36-year-old Michael - who was previously in a relationship with Gerard Butler's ex-girlfriend Madalina Ghenea - when they filmed the Oscar-winning biopic and she admitted they shared a "ritual" where they'd "look into each other's eyes" and an "embrace" to help them cope with the intensity of the scenes they were working on.

The screen beauty explained: "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, a squeeze of the hands - that would button the scene.

"And at the end of the day when the director Steve McQueen said cut, we would go out and enjoy the freedom that these people we were playing has granted us.

"It was a very close-knit cast and crew."


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