Austin Butler caught some warmth from followers earlier this month when he referred to his ex-girlfriend Vanessa Hudgens as an unnamed “pal” when discussing how he landed the function of Elvis Presley within the 2022 Baz Luhrmann biopic for The Hollywood Reporter‘s Actor’s Roundtable.
Nonetheless, in a brand new interview with The Los Angeles Times, Butler cleared up that the pal was in reality Hudgens, whom he dated for almost a decade earlier than the duo cut up in 2020. “I used to be with my companion on the time,” he informed the reporter, who recalled Butler’s story, by which he was within the automobile when his “pal” heard him singing alongside to an Elvis music and inspired him to hunt out the function of the King of Rock and Roll.
“The month earlier than I heard that Baz was making the film, I used to be going to take a look at Christmas lights with a pal, and there was an Elvis Christmas music on the radio and I used to be singing alongside, and my pal regarded over at me and goes, ‘You’ve received to play Elvis.’ I stated, ‘Oh, that’s such a protracted shot,’” Butler stated throughout the THR interview, with out mentioning Hudgens by identify. Followers pieced collectively that the Excessive Faculty Musical star was the topic of the story, as she informed an almost an identical anecdote again on a 2019 episode of Live with Kelly and Ryan.
When the LA Instances reporter adopted up, asking if the individual within the automobile was Hudgens, Butler agreed. “We’d been collectively for therefore lengthy and he or she had this form of clairvoyant second and so I actually, I owe her loads for believing in me,” he shared.