Fans accuse Austin Butler of changing his voice to sound more like Elvis after filming biopic

By Alma Fabiani

Updated Nov 21, 2023 at 03:52 PM

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American actor Austin Butler first popped up on our radar after he played Sebastian Kydd in The Carrie Diaries, The CW show which revolved around the life of Carrie Bradshaw before she became the character we all know and love in Sex and the City. Butler played Bradshaw’s primary love interest and simultaneously managed to rob the hearts of the series’ mostly teen audience.

At the time, Butler was dating High School Musical sweetheart Vanessa Hudgens. The two quickly became the queen and king of Coachella fashion—in fact, they first made their relationship official at Coachella 2012. Fast forward to December 2017 and rumours began to swirl that the two actors might soon get engaged. Spoiler alert: they didn’t…

Then in January 2020, after spending the holidays apart and not appearing together on social media for months, Us Weekly reported the couple’s split on 14 January. A source told the outlet, “Vanessa and Austin are officially broken up, and Vanessa has been telling those close to her about their breakup.”

This could have been detrimental to Butler’s career, but the California-born actor had other plans. Soon after booking the role of Elvis in a 2022 biographical musical film directed by Baz Luhrmann, Butler—much like Pete Davidson—was spotted with a few high-profile ladies, the first being that infamous smooch with Lily-Rose Depp.

Then following a rumoured short fling with his Elvis co-star Olivia DeJonge, Butler later started dating Cindy Crawford’s daughter—and Jacob Elordi’s ex—model and absolute beauty Kaia Gerber. Regardless of some comments highlighting the considerable age difference between the two celebrities—Butler is 30 and Gerber, 20—their relationship only appears to have grown stronger as they continue to make more public appearances on the red carpet.

This brings us to the Met Gala 2022, where Gerber brought her boyfriend along to climb the iconic red steps, in turn resulting in some pretty notable shots of the two handsome celebrities. But we’re not here to dwell on what they were wearing or how awkward it was for Butler to bump into his ex, Hudgens…

We’re here to shed light on what netizens have picked up on when it comes to Butler’s accent and overall way of speaking. After the actor did a few interviews at the infamous event to promote his upcoming (and highly anticipated) movie Elvis—in which he plays the king himself—viewers couldn’t help but notice that Butler’s typical Californian accent had been replaced with a deep Presley-like and surprisingly Southern-accented speech.

https://twitter.com/musicforwallows/status/1521256471824109572

A quick Google search of the man from some older interviews will confirm that he may have always had a fairly deep voice. However, the contrast seen more recently simply can’t be denied:

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my theory is it’s a ploy for award season to get that oscar nomination #austinbutler #accent #movie #elvispresleymovie #celebrity #popculture #beforeandafter #fyp

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