"The love between me and Jamie Lee Curtis, it's all real, yeah,"

On the set of her PEOPLE cover shoot,

the Oscar nominee is talking about her costar — and fellow first-time Oscar nominee — Curtis.

They have been each other's hype woman throughout awards season

"We have known each other for many years," Yeoh, 60, says,

"We fell in love on first email. She was like,

'Let's ditch the directors of the movie, the Daniels, and run away!' I was like,

'A woman after my own heart.' " Yeoh turns serious

Yeoh's first text of the day is usually from Curtis, 64.