Austin Butler Shares Why He Initially Didn’t Credit Ex Vanessa Hudgens With Inspiring Elvis Role
Austin Butler on Calling Vanessa Hudgens a Friend, Dune: Part Two – The Hollywood Reporter
Austin Butler is clearing the air about the time he referred to his former longtime girlfriend Vanessa Hudgens as a “friend,” which many people felt minimized their nine-year-long relationship.
Austin Butler Explains Why He Called Vanessa Hudgens a Friend
In a cover story for Esquire published online Monday, Butler explained why he referred to her that way at the time.
“I felt that I was respecting her privacy in a way and not wanting to bring up a ton of things that would cause her to have to talk,” he told the publication. “I have so much love and care for her. It was in no way trying to erase anything.”
He added, “I value my own privacy so much. I didn’t want to give up anybody else’s privacy.”
Austin Butler Opens Up About His Mother’s Death and How It Impacted His Acting
Elsewhere in the lengthy profile, Butler also opened up about how, when his mother died of cancer in 2014, he considered quitting acting because he “had a lot of turmoil” in his mind.
Shortly after her funeral, he needed to fly to New Zealand for The Shannara Chronicles. He said he showed up, did his job and, every night after filming, would return to the hotel and sob.
Once production ended, he decided to take a break for the first time in his career.
Austin Butler Reveals the Challenges of Coming Out of Character After Playing Elvis
Almost immediately after Butler wrapped production on Elvis, the actor was due in London to begin filming his new Apple TV+ series Masters of the Air. But the actor had spent so much time becoming Elvis Presley that it took a lot for him to come out of the person he embodied for years, despite already working on another project.
When he wasn’t in front of the cameras, portraying Buck Cleven in the series, he was working to rediscover himself. “I was just trying to remember who I was,” he told the publication.
Austin Butler: On His Role as Feyd-Rautha Harkonnen in Dune: Part Two
In addition to the series that explores World War II through the eyes of the Mighty Eighth Air Force of the United States Army Air Forces, the actor also has Dune: Part Two coming out this year, in which he portrays Feyd-Rautha Harkonnen.
Together, he and director Denis Villeneuve worked to create the ruthless and psychotic assassin’s look, which ended up being bald, with no eyebrows and teeth painted black. Butler also wanted an accent, and Villeneuve agreed to let him do one.
When the cast — which includes Timothée Chalamet, Zendaya, Christopher Walken, Rebecca Ferguson and Javier Bardem — sat down for their first table read, Chalamet said he knew Butler was next-level.
Austin Butler Defends Calling Ex Vanessa Hudgens a ‘Friend’: ‘I Was in No Way Trying to Erase Anything’
Austin Butler clarified why he referred to ex-girlfriend Vanessa Hudgens as simply ‘a friend’ after fan outrage over the moment.
In a new Esquire interview, the Dune: Part Two actor, 32, explained why in a previous interview when he told a story about Hudgens he didn’t name her, instead calling her a friend.
“Oh, yeah, I learned a lesson with that one. I felt that I was respecting her privacy in a way and not wanting to bring up a ton of things that would cause her to have to talk,” said Butler.
“I have so much love and care for her. It was in no way trying to erase anything,” he added.
Butler said because “I value my own privacy so much, I didn’t want to give up anybody else’s privacy.”