Ever since Baz Luhrmann’s 2022 musical biopic Elvis, Austin Butler’s name has been on everyone’s lips. Having started his acting career on the Disney Channel and Nickelodeon, the Californian 31-year-old not only impressed the world with his performance as the King of Rock and Roll, but also as the off-screen heartthrob who got so into his role that he never truly managed to use his normal (and higher pitched) voice again.
Internet virality put aside, there’s no denying that Butler is here to stay. After recently winning a Golden Globe Award, he’s now also received a nomination from the Academy Awards for Best Actor. Butler is also set to feature in Denis Villeneuve’s sequel to Dune alongside Timothée Chalamet, Zendaya, and Florence Pugh.
All this to say, things are looking pretty good for Butler, which also explains why he recently got invited on the viral interview show Hot Ones. If, like so many of us, you simply can’t get enough of the actor’s newfound voice, and are curious to see how much viciously spicy wings he can handle, then you’ll want to get all the details on what went down on the show.
Of course, Butler had to kick things off with Presley’s filmography, sharing thoughts on different acting methods up until he decided to reveal some fun stories about his past experiences working on different movies other than Elvis.
Looking back on how great of a time he had on the set of Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon A Time… in Hollywood, in which he played Tex Watson, Butler told Hot Ones host Sean Evans, “The first time that I heard this, it was just so cool, because I mean, I’ve talked a lot about how much Quentin meant to me, and it was just always my dream to work with him. But he, we’re on set and he says, ‘Okay we got it, but we’re gonna do one more. You know why?’ And the entire crew screams, ‘Because we love making movies!’” he recalled.
“And the first time you’re there… you’re not in on it. And so, Brad [Pitt] and Leo [DiCaprio], everybody is like, ‘Because we love making movies!’ There are sets that are so sterile. There are sets where there is no joy. There are sets where people are like, just at a job,” Butler went on.
“And you’re trying to create something that you’re gonna give to the world, you know? And with Quentin, that was so cool, because it just changes the atoms in the room. And then you’re in on it! And so every new crew member, or actor, whoever, then suddenly they’re part of the tribe at that point, saying ‘We love making movies’.”
As the wings got hotter, though, Butler grabbed a glass of oat milk, wiped his nose, and lost his train of thought. Other highlights of the episode include the actor sharing memories of his time working with Denzel Washington and an anecdote about how he was “the only kid in elementary school who got this letter that allowed me to, every lunch, walk home and eat lunch with my mom.”
By the time the interview ends, Butler is deep in thought about peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. Not sure what we’re on about? Listen to the “sniffling Bob Ross” decide that spreading grape jelly “is gonna be my new therapy”, and thank us later.
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.
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:
As TikTok content creator Keriann said herself: “The movie is done,” Austin…