Austin Butler owes ex Vanessa Hudgens for ‘Elvis’ role

Austin Butler is finally giving credit to his ex-girlfriend Vanessa Hudgens His first Oscar nomination.

Whereas Interview with the Los Angeles TimesThe “Elvis” actor admitted that it was Hudgens who convinced him to try out for the coveted role, after first referring to her as his unnamed friend.

“I was with my partner at the time,” he explained. “We’ve been together for so long and she had such a watershed moment and so I really owe it to her for believing in me.”

Hudgens, 34, and Butler, 32, dated for nearly a decade before calling it quits in 2020.

Butler and Hudgens split in 2020 after nearly a decade together.


Austin Butler and Vanessa Hudgens in all-black.

Butler and Hudgens split in 2020 after nearly a decade together.


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Prior to their split, the then-couple was driving when the “High School Musical” star realized that Butler was made to play Presley.

“Last December, we were driving and we were listening to Christmas music, and then an Elvis Presley Christmas song came on,” Hudgens said back in 2019 on “Live with Kelly and Ryan”.

“She just dyed her hair black. He’s a natural blonde, and I was looking at him and he was singing along and I was like, ‘Babe, you need to play Elvis.’

Austin Butler kissing his Golden Globe.
Butler had previously called Hudgens only his “friend”.
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Yet when Butler repeated the same story On The Hollywood Reporter’s “Actors Roundtable” Last month, fans noticed that he downplayed Hudgens’ role in the storyline.

“Months ago I heard that eagle [Luhrmann] I was filming, I was going to see Christmas lights with a friend, and there was an Elvis Christmas song on the radio and I was singing along, and my friend looked at me and went, ‘You have to play Elvis. ‘ I said, ‘Oh, that’s such a long shot,'” Butler recalled.

Hudgens knew Butler was to play the King of Rock after listening to Elvis sing in the car.


Austin Butler as Elvis Presley

Hudgens knew Butler was to play the King of Rock after listening to Elvis sing in the car.


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He continued, “A few weeks later, I was playing the piano. I never really sang for any of my friends or anybody. That same friend was there and I was playing the piano. He said, ‘I’m serious. You Have to find out how you can get the rights of the script. Then my agent called and said, ‘So, Baz Luhrmann is making an Elvis movie.'”

The snub apparently didn’t sit right with the actress, who went on to joke about Butler’s slurred Elvis accent after her Golden Globes speech.

after ryan scott shared a funny instagram post Hudgens commented “crying”, comparing the actor’s new voice to Lady Gaga’s Italian accent from “House of Gucci”.

Austin Butler and Kaia Gerber.
The ‘Elvis’ star is now dating Kaia Gerber.
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Speaking of exes, the Times also asked Butler whether or not he cast Jacob Elordi, who dated Butler’s now-girlfriend Kaia Gerber for over a year, in the upcoming biopic, “Priscilla.” Any advice on playing off rock ‘n’ roll? ,

“No, I haven’t,” Butler revealed. “I’ve met him before, but we haven’t talked about it at all… I wish him all the best.”

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