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Austin Butler Acknowledges Vanessa Hudgens’ Role in His Portrayal of Elvis

HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA - JULY 22: Vanessa Hudgens and Austin Butler attend Sony Pictures' "Once Upon a Time ... in Hollywood" Los Angeles Premiere on July 22, 2019 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)

In a recent profile, Austin Butler, known for his upcoming role in “Dune 2,” finally addressed the importance of Vanessa Hudgens’ influence in his career journey, particularly regarding his portrayal of Elvis in Baz Luhrmann’s biopic.

Acknowledging Past Oversights

Reflecting on past interviews where he failed to mention Hudgens by name, Butler expressed regret for not giving her proper credit for her role in encouraging him to take on the challenging role of Elvis. He admitted to learning a valuable lesson from the experience, acknowledging the need to express gratitude where it’s due.

Hudgens’ Influence on Butler’s Career

Butler recounted how Hudgens, whom he initially referred to as a “friend,” played a pivotal role in encouraging him to pursue the role of Elvis. Her recognition of his talent and encouragement to explore new avenues in his career ultimately led him to embrace the opportunity and take on the role.

Respecting Privacy and Care

Butler explained his previous reluctance to mention Hudgens by name, citing a desire to respect her privacy and avoid potentially uncomfortable conversations for her. He clarified that his intention was not to erase their shared history but to navigate the public sphere with sensitivity.

Revisiting Past Interactions

The acknowledgment comes after a series of interactions between Butler and Hudgens following their breakup, including a viral moment at the 2023 Oscars where they appeared to awkwardly avoid each other. Despite any lingering tensions, Butler’s recent acknowledgment suggests a willingness to recognize and appreciate Hudgens’ influence on his career.

As Butler revisits his past oversights and expresses gratitude for Hudgens’ impact on his career, their relationship dynamics continue to evolve, demonstrating the complexity of navigating personal and professional boundaries in the public eye.

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