Who wants ex-girlfriends when you may have mates like Vanessa Hudgens?
Austin Butler — who dated Hudgens for practically 9 years — repeatedly referred to the actress as an unnamed “buddy” whereas discussing how he landed the function of Elvis Presley within the 2022 titular biopic.
“The month earlier than I heard that [director] Baz [Luhrmann] was making the [“Elvis”] film, I used to be going to take a look at Christmas lights with a buddy,” the Golden Globe winner, 31, defined throughout this 12 months’s Hollywood Reporter’s Actor’s Roundtable.
“And there was an Elvis Christmas track on the radio, and I used to be singing alongside, and my buddy regarded over at me and goes, ‘You’ve gotta play Elvis!’”
Butler stated he disregarded his pal’s suggestion, calling it a “lengthy shot.”
“And then a few weeks later, I used to be taking part in the piano,” he continued, cautioning that he “by no means actually sang for any of [his] mates.”
“That identical buddy was there, and I used to be taking part in the piano,” he went on. “She stated, ‘I’m critical — you gotta determine how one can get the rights to a script …’”
The actor stated his agent known as him days later to tell him of Luhrmann’s undertaking. “And the hairs simply stood up on my arms,” he recalled.
Though Butler didn’t determine his ever-encouraging companion, Hudgens, 34, informed an almost an identical story throughout an August 2019 look on “Live with Kelly and Ryan” — a month after her then-boyfriend had been introduced because the movie’s star.
“I AMMMM OVERRRR THE F–KING MOOOOOOOOONNNNN. I CAN’T WAIT 😍😍😍😍😍😍 SO PROUD OF MY HONEYYYYY!!!” she gushed on Instagram on the time.
Butler and Hudgens started relationship in 2011 and broke up in January 2020.
Though the actor is now making out on pink carpets with girlfriend Kaia Gerber and Hudgens is head over heels in love with MLB star Cole Tucker, followers nonetheless really feel Butler ought to have given the actress the “respect” of figuring out her correctly whereas recounting the story of his success.
“Her identify is Vanessa,” one upset TikToker commented on a clip of the second, whereas another person added, “I completely love him. Think he did an incredible job on this film, however I completely hate that he referred to her as a buddy.”
Another critic argued, “[He] may [have] at the least stated ex-girlfriend because it’s Vanessa so you already know 😏.”
But others disagreed, as one appeared to assume that Butler “would have gotten [sic] hate both means.”
“Y’all saying he ought to have stated nessa bye that may have been a pr nightmare all the eye would have been on their former relationship,” one other social media person argued.
But to the aforementioned, somebody responded, “I feel he may have stated ‘my GF at the moment’ just a bit little bit of respect of the individual she was for him for therefore a few years.”
Butler went on to win the 2023 Golden Globe Award for Best Actor for his portrayal of the King of Rock and Roll on Tuesday.