How Does Vanessa Hudgens Tie Into Ex Austin Butler’s ‘Elvis’ Role? Breaking Down the Timeline
25.01.2023 - 23:33
They’re all shook up! Austin Butler and Vanessa Hudgens have both recounted the story of how his Elvis biopic role came to be — but fans have noticed some subtle differences in the tales.
The Spring Breakers actress, 34, and Butler, 31, dated for nine years before Us Weekly broke the news of their split in January 2020. Ahead of their breakup, Hudgens gushed over the Switched at Birth alum during an appearance on Live With Kelly and Ryan.
“Last December, we were driving along and we were listening to Christmas music, and then an Elvis Presley Christmas song came on,” she said in August 2019. “He had just dyed his hair dark — he’s a natural blond — and I was looking at him and he was singing along and I was like, ‘Babe, you need to play Elvis.'”
At the time, the Second Act star said she was “so, so proud” of her then-beau for his major career move. (Butler was officially cast as Elvis Presley in the Baz Luhrmann project in July 2019.)
“He’s always been so inspiring to me. Like, his work ethic is compared to no one,” Hudgens added. “I’m always so in awe of him and I’m so excited that this is happening for him.”
Butler put his heart and soul into the role, which earned him his first-ever Golden Globe win earlier this month. The California native gave a shout-out to Priscilla Presley and the late Lisa Marie Presley while accepting his honor. (Lisa Marie died two days after the awards ceremony at age 54 after suffering cardiac arrest.)
Since the June 2022 premiere of Elvis, the Life Unexpected alum has continued to embody the titular character — especially with his speaking voice. “It’s funny to me because I don’t even think about it,” he confessed to The Los Angeles Times