Austin Butler reveals he would burst into tears every night after the death of his mother
Austin Butler told The Hollywood Reporter about the painful experience of losing his mother, Lori, in her early 20s during the publication’s Actor Roundtable discussion published Tuesday.
The former Disney Channel star, 31, admitted he started filming a project shortly after his mother’s death caused by a battle with cancer and that he would “cry every night”.
The Elvis actor, who received a Golden Globe nomination for his portrayal of the King of Rock n’ Roll, also credited his mother for supporting his career, stating, “I owe her everything.”
Opening: Austin Butler, 31, recently spoke about this mother’s death during an interview for the Hollywood Reporter’s Actors Roundtable released Tuesday; Seen in Palm Springs earlier this month
During the roundtable interview, Austin was joined by other talented actors such as Brendan Fraser and Colin Farrell, both of whom were also Golden Globe nominees.
The Carrie Diaries actor explained that he first got into acting when he “stumbled into extra work,” adding that he was “an incredibly shy kid.”
He explained that his mother, Lori, recognized his passion for acting at an early age. “My mom saw that in me and I owe her everything for quitting her job and driving me to auditions and taking me to acting classes. Then I started to work.”
However, after he got bigger roles, his mother died in 2014 after a battle with cancer. “After my mother died, I had never experienced pain like this before, and I started asking,” Austin admitted during the interview.
The star explained that after spending time in hospitals and around doctors, he began to question if acting was “a noble profession.”
Questioning his career: While coping with the grief of his mother’s death, “I thought, ‘I have some money in the bank. I’m just taking some time off.’ Then I started to sink into a deeper and deeper depression’; Austin was seen as a child with his family and his mother (above right).
Busy: During the roundtable interview, Austin was joined by other talented actors such as Brendan Fraser and Colin Farrell, both of whom were also nominated for Golden Globes; the actor, who appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live earlier Monday
Austin explained that after his mother died, he flew to New Zealand to film a series that was canceled after two seasons. He explained that although viewers enjoyed the show and that he himself had “fun” shooting it, “every night I would go home and cry.”
“I was dealing with grief, but there was also this feeling that I wasn’t focused on something that felt really fulfilling,” he added, revealing that he was around 24 at the time and ready to to take a break from acting.
‘I thought, ‘I’ve got some money in the bank. I’m just taking some time off.” Then I started to sink into a deeper and deeper depression. It was about six or eight months of that.”
However, he later sent in an audition tape for the Broadway show The Iceman Cometh, which also starred Denzel Washington. Austin explained after being cast that was “the moment that changed my career”.
“I owe her everything”: The Golden Globe-nominated actor explained, “My mother saw that in me and I owe her everything for quitting her job and driving me to auditions and taking me to acting classes”; seen in 2012 – two years before mother’s death
Back on screen: After auditioning and being cast in the Broadway show The Iceman Cometh, Austin explained that that was “the moment that changed my career”; seen in LA in November 2022
Austin has previously acknowledged and paid tribute to his mother, including his recent appearance as the host of Saturday Night Live last month in December.
During his opening monologue, the former Nickelodeon actor explained to the audience that he had a “crippling shyness” when he was younger, but when he was with his mother, “I would do just about anything to make her laugh.” , including a Gollum impression.
“But really, being silly with her ripped me out of my shell and to the core of what got me into acting.”
Being on SNL had made the star think of his mother and that he could imagine “how proud she would be of her son who used to be unable to order food for me at a restaurant and is now on this stage .’
To wrap up his monologue, Austin then dedicated every “silly voice” or “funny face” he made on the show to his future mother, emotionally adding, “This is for you mom.”
Special Tribute: Austin has previously paid tribute to his mother, including his recent appearance as host of Saturday Night Live last month in December; seen in June 2022
Nominated: The talented actor was nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Actor in the Motion Picture Drama category for his portrayal of Elvis in Baz Luhrmann’s 2022 biography; Baz and Austin were spotted out in Palm Springs earlier this month
Acknowledgment: The star, who will perform at the 80th Golden Globe Awards later on Tuesday, is joined by his sister Ashley
The star, who will perform at the 80th Golden Globe Awards later on Tuesday, is joined by his sister Ashley. Speaking to Entertainment Tonight recently, Austin said: “She’s my only sister, so it will be nice to be with her.”
Though his girlfriend and supermodel Kaia Gerber won’t be by his side during the awards ceremony, the couple were recently spotted with their family on a getaway to Mexico during the New Year’s break.
The talented actor was nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Actor in the Motion Picture Drama category for his portrayal of Elvis in Baz Luhrmann’s 2022 biopic. The critically acclaimed feature film was nominated for two more Golden Globes, including Best Motion Picture-Drama and Best Director.
During the 34th annual Palm Springs Film Festival earlier this month, Austin received the Breakthrough Performance Award for his role as Elvis. He also attended a pre-Golden Globes event the previous Sunday and was spotted with Lisa Marie Presley.
The 2023 Golden Globes ceremony will be broadcast live on NBC later Tuesday night from the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles.
Big night: The critically acclaimed feature film was nominated for two more Golden Globes, including Best Picture and Best Director for Baz Luhrmann
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