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Forest Whitaker and Oprah Winfrey attend Lee Daniels’ “The Butler” New York Premiere at Ziegfeld Theater on August 5, 2013 in New York City

*Oprah Winfrey says she made a point to become touchy feely with her “The Butler” co-star Forest Whitaker in order to create chemistry between them when the cameras started rolling. And for that, she sought the blessing of his real wife, Keisha.

She tells U.K. talk show Loose Women, “I wanted to have real chemistry (in the film). I would just sort of ease my way over and go behind him and rub his shoulders and just stand there and rub his shoulders.

“Sometimes sitting on set I would purposely go and sit next to him, I would put my hand on his knee and start rubbing his knee… I called his wife first and said ‘You know, I’m trying to build a relationship’ and it actually worked.”

Actor Forest Whitaker (R) and Keisha Nash Whitaker attend Lee Daniels' "The Butler" New York Premiere at Ziegfeld Theater on August 5, 2013 in New York City

Actor Forest Whitaker (R) and Keisha Nash Whitaker attend Lee Daniels’ “The Butler” New York Premiere at Ziegfeld Theater on August 5, 2013 in New York City

Whitaker, who plays a butler who worked at the White House under eight consecutive presidents, previously said of Winfrey’s dedication to the role: “It was an amazing experience for me. She was so committed to our relationship. In between the scenes, when we’re trying to develop our rapport and continue to build our connection, she would be so generous, she would rub my back, or, you know, we’d walk hand in hand to the set and talk, and I think it led to the magic of us being able to really be connected in the film.”