Austin Butler caught some warmth from followers earlier this month when he referred to his ex-girlfriend Vanessa Hudgens as an unnamed “friend” when discussing how he landed the function of Elvis Presley within the 2022 Baz Luhrmann biopic for The Hollywood Reporter‘s Actor’s Roundtable.
However, in a brand new interview with The Los Angeles Times, Butler cleared up that the good friend was the truth is Hudgens, whom he dated for almost a decade earlier than the duo break up in 2020. “I was with my partner at the time,” he instructed the reporter, who recalled Butler’s story, during which he was within the automotive when his “friend” 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 before I heard that Baz was making the movie, I was going to look at Christmas lights with a friend, and there was an Elvis Christmas song on the radio and I was singing along, and my friend looked over at me and goes, ‘You’ve got to play Elvis.’ I said, ‘Oh, that’s such a long shot,’” Butler mentioned in the course of the THR interview, with out mentioning Hudgens by identify. Fans pieced collectively that the High School Musical star was the topic of the story, as she instructed a virtually an identical anecdote again on a 2019 episode of Live with Kelly and Ryan.
When the LA Times reporter adopted up, asking if the individual within the automotive was Hudgens, Butler agreed. “We’d been together for so long and she had this sort of clairvoyant moment and so I really, I owe her a lot for believing in me,” he shared.