Austin Butler has spoken of his admiration for Leonardo DiCaprio, who also made a successful transition from teenage heartthrob to just Hollywood’s most famous actor.
After spending more than a decade trying to become a household name before landing a starring role in Baz Luhrmann’s biopic Elvis, the Oscar nominee, 31, reflects on his fear that his dreams would “never come true” early in his career. .
The Golden Globe winner told Vanity Fair, “I remember being younger, I was 16 or something, and comparing myself to what I saw Leo’s career when he was 19 or something, from Gilbert Grape and The Basketball Diaries Then Titanic.”
While DiCaprio became famous around the world in his early twenties after playing Jack Dawson in Titanic, Butler was steadily cast in minor roles in children’s sitcoms like Zoey 101 and Hannah Montana during his mid-teens.
As he got older, Butler revealed that, sometimes, he’d think to himself: “Oh, maybe that’ll never happen or I’ll never get these opportunities.”
Impressive: Austin Butler has spoken of his admiration for Leonardo DiCaprio, who also made a successful transition from teenage heartthrob to just Hollywood’s most famous actor
Now, the star of Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood said he can look back and turn down credit for inspiring him to continue honing his acting skills.
Right from the start, when I first started, it was just a neat thing I could do as a 12-year-old. Then once I started going to an acting class and realized there was a craft behind it — it became kind of an addiction for me,” he said.
“Addiction may be a strong word, but obsession is really honest,” Butler continued.
In high school, the actor said he was fascinated by DiCaprio’s cinematography and “the level of passion he still has for the business.”
It was such a surreal thing, looking back at what my dreams were like when I was 15, and then working with the people he worked with, dealing with it. There are a lot of these hacking moments in my life, and this is definitely one of them,” Butler gushed.
When asked if he and former Wizards of Waverly Place Selena Gomez ever marveled at their fame, Butler revealed the sweet text she sent after being cast in Elvis.
“When I was filming Elvis,” he said, “Selena found this picture of the two of us when I did a guest star job on her show Wizards of Waverly Place. ’ And she sent it to me, just saying, ‘Wow, remember that? “It looks like another life.
He explained, “When you’re a child actor, you see a lot of people come over from Texas or something, and at a certain point they might quit or come back.” We are very fortunate to have had jobs in this industry for this amount of time.
The best: After spending more than a decade trying to become a household name before landing a starring role in Baz Luhrmann’s biopic Elvis, the Oscar nominee, 31, reflects on the fear that his dreams will “never come true” early in life. Professional life
Looking Back: When asked if he and his Waverly Place ex, Selena Gomez, ever marveled at their fame, Butler revealed the sweet text she sent after being cast in Elvis
Butler went on to discuss how his lack of social media impacted his career.
You’ve definitely had this conversation before – especially when you’re marketing a movie or you’re marketing a TV show or something. I always feel a little shy about it and try to avoid it. But they are so sweet and I trust them. So I ended up just trying to enjoy it.
The performer noted that former celebrities such as Paul Newman are hardly seen “outside that big screen” and how “there’s just something really special about that”.
He concluded, “I don’t want to turn too much of my personal life into people’s ideas of who I am.”
Regarding how Elvis’ portrayal affected his view of Hollywood, Butler said it “definitely” made him “think about who to ask” for advice and who to “keep with”.
Playing Elvis also made me think about the fact that you can seemingly have everything and still feel empty. All your dreams could come true and you’re still searching for something deeper and feeling so lonely.” “You experience a lot of public love, and then you go back to a silent room.”
Private Life: Butler went on to discuss how his lack of social media has affected his career
Past Learning: As for how Elvis’ portrayal affected his view of Hollywood, Butler said it “definitely” made him “think about who to ask” for advice and who to “keep close”
Elvis earned eight nominations at the 95th Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Actor for Butler, which will be handed out during the ceremony on March 12 at the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles.
After its wide release last June, the film, which centered on rock legend Elvis Presley’s relationship with his longtime manager Colonel Tom Parker, was a critical and commercial success, grossing $287.3 million on an $85 million budget.
Among the many accolades he’s received in recent months: an American Film Institute Award for Top 10 Movies of the Year in December, as well as Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama for Butler at the Golden Globes last month.
His interview coincides with The 29th Annual Hollywood Edition of Vanity Fair Along with Selena Gomez, Florence Bowe, and Ana de Armas.
The catchy spread featured twelve captivating young stars who are on-screen, moving, and constantly evolving, according to the publication.
The 2023 Hollywood cast includes Selena, Jonathan Majors, Austin, Anna, Florence, Keke Palmer, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Julia Garner, Emma Korine, Reggae Jean Page, and Jeremy Allen White.
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