Austin Butler Finally Gives Ex Vanessa Hudgens Credit for Elvis Inspiration

Austin Butler has nothing however burning gratitude for his ex Vanessa Hudgens.

The Elvis star lastly thanked his former girlfriend—who he dated from 2011 to 2020—for the encouragement she gave him to play Elvis Presley, which lately landed him an Oscar nomination for Finest Actor in a Main Position.

“I used to be with my accomplice on the time,” he informed The Los Angeles Occasions on Jan. 24, referring to the one that impressed him to pursue the function. When requested if he was, the truth is, talking about Vanessa, Austin confirmed.

“That is proper,” he stated. “We might been collectively for therefore lengthy and he or she had this form of clairvoyant second and so I actually, I owe her quite a bit for believing in me.”

Initially, Austin referred to Vanessa as an unnamed “friend” who thought he was excellent for the function, telling The Hollywood Reporter on Jan. 10 that the thought occurred to her a month earlier than he discovered Baz Luhrmann was making an Elvis biopic.

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“I used to be going to have a look at Christmas lights with a pal,” he recalled. “And there was an Elvis Christmas music on the radio and I used to be singing alongside and my pal seemed over at me and goes, ‘You have to play Elvis.’ I stated, ‘Oh, that is such an extended shot.’”

The “pal,” as Austin referred to as her, doubled down on the thought, telling him a pair weeks later that he wanted to “determine how one can get the rights to a script” after she heard him carry out on a piano. Afterward, Austin stated, his agent referred to as with information that an Elvis film was within the works.

The story stirred buzz on-line, with followers discovering an analogous narrative the Excessive Faculty Musical alum shared in August 2019, one month after she gushed on social media that she was “OVERRRR THE F–KING MOOOOOOOOONNNNN” about Austin touchdown the function of the King of Rock N’ Roll.

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“Final December, we had been driving alongside and we had been listening to Christmas music, after which an Elvis Presley Christmas music got here on,” Vanessa shared on Live with Kelly and Ryan in 2019. “He had simply dyed his hair darkish. He is a pure blonde, blonde and I used to be taking a look at him and he was singing alongside and I used to be like, ‘Babe, it’s worthwhile to play Elvis.’”

She continued, “Then in January, he was sitting on the piano. And he is enjoying and he is singing and I am like, ‘I do not understand how, however it’s worthwhile to determine how one can play Elvis. Like, I do not understand how we get rights or what we do, however it’s worthwhile to play him.’”

Since their breakup, Vanessa hasn’t spoken out on Austin’s now Golden Globe-winning efficiency as Elvis, although she did take a second to acknowledge a put up that poked enjoyable at his Elvis-like accent that has mesmerized and puzzled followers alike.

As she merely commented, “Crying.”

He is now courting mannequin Kaia Gerber and Vanessa is with baseball participant Cole Tucker.

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