Austin Butler and Vanessa Hudgens, who used to date each other, were seen outside the same party after the 2023 Oscars on Sunday night.
Butler, who was nominated for Best Actor for his role in Elvis and is 31 years old, and Hudgens, who is 34 years old, were seen briefly talking to each other outside the Vanity Fair Oscars party in Beverly Hills, California, as Butler talked to Sharon Stone. Hudgens was one of the hosts of ABC’s “Countdown to the Oscars” earlier in the evening.
Entertainment Tonight got a video of Hudgens walking past Butler. She seems to notice him before continuing to walk past him. Butler also seems to notice Hudgens as she walks by.
It’s not clear if Butler and Hudgens talked to each other at the party or not. Before they broke up in 2020, they were together for more than eight years.
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Butler is now dating Kaia Gerber, and Hudgens just got engaged to her fiancé Cole Tucker, who is a professional baseball player. Gerber was at the Vanity Fair Oscars party with Butler.
Elvis, which Baz Luhrmann directed, was up for eight Oscars on Sunday, but it didn’t win any. Brendan Fraser won the Oscar for his role in The Whale in the Butler’s category.
Butler’s long journey to take on Elvis Presley’s life and accent began when he was still dating Vanessa Hudgens. In January, he told Hudgens that she was the one who encouraged him to try out for the role and thanked her for her support.
“We’d been together for so long, and she had this kind of clairvoyant moment,” he said at the time. “I really owe her a lot for believing in me.”
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Butler also confirmed that he was talking about Hudgens when he called her a “friend” in the recent Hollywood Reporter Actors Roundtable. He was talking about how she pushed him to go after Presley. When the L.A. Times asked if he was talking about Hudgens, he said, “That’s right,” and added, “I was with my partner at the time.”
In the THR interview that came out earlier that month, he hadn’t talked about Hudgens by name.
“A month before I heard that Baz was making the movie, I went to look at Christmas lights with a friend. An Elvis Christmas song was on the radio, and I was singing along. My friend looked at me and said, “You’ve got to play Elvis.” “Oh, that’s such a long shot,” I said “At the time, Butler said.
“I was playing the piano a couple of weeks later,” he said. “I never really sang for anyone, not even my friends. I was playing the piano and that same friend was there. She replied, “I’m not joking. You need to figure out how to get the rights to a script. Then my agent called and said, “So Baz Luhrmann is making an Elvis movie.”
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