Vanessa Hudgens Once Told Ex Austin Butler, ‘You Need To Play Elvis Presley

Austin Butler can at the least partly credit score ex-girlfriend Vanessa Hudgens with serving to him manifest his breakout function.

On Tuesday, Butler nabbed the Golden Globe for Greatest Actor for his portrayal of Elvis Presley in Baz Luhrmann’s “Elvis,” beating out Brendan Fraser, Hugh Jackman, Invoice Nighy and Jeremy Pope for the award.

Within the wake of that victory, TikTookay person Kelsie Carlos shared a brief video that spliced collectively interview footage of Butler and Hudgens individually recalling how the Presley function happened.

“Last December, we were driving along and we were listening to Christmas music, and an Elvis Presley Christmas song came on,” Hudgens defined in her interview, taken from an look on “Live with Kelly and Ryan” in 2019. “He’d 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.’”

Butler, in the meantime, shared the same reminiscence throughout a Hollywood Reporter roundtable chat earlier this week ― however referred to Hudgens merely as “a friend.”

“There was an Elvis Christmas song on the radio, and I was with a friend of mine,” he recalled. “I was singing along and my friend looked over at me and said, ‘You gotta play Elvis.’”

Butler and Hudgens had been first romantically linked in 2011 after being noticed collectively at a celebration for fellow actor Ashley Tisdale’s sister, Jennifer, in Los Angeles.

The pair share comparable skilled backgrounds. Hudgens shot to fame as one of many stars of Disney’s “High School Musical” franchise. One in all Butler’s earliest roles was a visitor look alongside Miley Cyrus on “Hannah Montana,” which can be produced by Disney.

Vanessa Hudgens (left) and Austin Butler in 2018.

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Butler later co-starred with Tisdale within the 2011 “High School Musical” spinoff film, “Sharpay’s Fabulous Adventure.”

“It’s great because Austin was my best friend since way before they got together,” Tisdale instructed Folks in 2016. “So it’s just nice to have your two best friends be in a relationship.”

By 2020, nevertheless, Butler and Hudgens had reportedly referred to as it quits. Since then, Butler has begun courting mannequin Kaia Gerber, whereas Hudgens is in a relationship with Main League Baseball veteran Cole Tucker.