Austin Butler says his family supports him in allowing him to work for three years filming Elvis

‘You were amazing!’ Austin Butler says his “supportive” family was very understanding when he stayed away from them for THREE YEARS to star in Elvis

  • Butler was so committed to playing Elvis that he didn’t see his family for three years
  • Now he has shared that his family was “amazing” about it and didn’t complain
  • The star added that they were very “supportive” of his career
  • He will be taking his sister Ashley to the Golden Globe Awards on Tuesday

Austin Butler stayed away from his family for three years when he stepped into the role to play Elvis for his hit film.

And on Thursday during the Palm Spring Film Awards, the actor told Entertainment Tonight that his family was “amazing” about it.

Kaia Gerber’s boyfriend added that they are incredibly “supportive” of his involvement in the project. “My family is so supportive, they’re just amazing,” added the star.

Legend: Elvis is pictured performing on stage in 1968

The king: Austin Butler (pictured) looked strikingly different when he transformed into rock singer Elvis Presley

Making Sacrifices: Austin Butler, right, did not see his family for three years while preparing and acting his role as the King of Rock and Roll in the musical drama Elvis; Elvis seen left

He's grateful: On Thursday, the actor told Entertainment Tonight during the Palm Spring Film Awards that his family was

He’s grateful: On Thursday, the actor told Entertainment Tonight during the Palm Spring Film Awards that his family was “amazing” about it

Butler also shared that he’s so close to his family now that he’s taking his sister, Ashley, to the Golden Globe Awards on Tuesday as his plus. “She’s my only sister, so it will be nice to be with her,” he told ET.

Austin was so committed to perfecting his role as Elvis in the acclaimed biopic, which was released last summer, that he didn’t see his family for three years while he was in Australia preparing for the film.

Production for Elvis was delayed in March 2020 when one of its stars, Tom Hanks, was diagnosed with COVID-19 and hospitalized.

When the pandemic began, the Elvis set was shut down indefinitely.

Butler declined an invitation to be flown back to his Los Angeles home, instead using lockdown as an opportunity to immerse himself in all things Elvis.

Date: Austin shared that he'll be taking his sister Ashley to the Golden Globe Awards next week.

Date: Austin shared that he’ll be taking his sister Ashley to the Golden Globe Awards next week. “She’s my only sister so it will be nice to be with her,” he said – seen with his sister Ashley in a photo he shared on Instagram

Speaking to British GQ, Butler said he turned his flat into a “detective scene” as he studied the real-life character he would portray.

“Just pictures of Elvis everywhere, from every era,” he said.

He noted that the pandemic bought him extra time to delve deeply into his role.

“I think the film would have turned out very differently if we had started filming at that point, and I’m grateful I had the time to get marinated,” he added.

Breakthrough: The 31-year-old actor received the Breakthrough Performance Award for his portrayal of the King of Rock'n' Roll in Palm Springs. On January 10 he will learn if he has won the Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture Drama

Breakthrough: The 31-year-old actor received the Breakthrough Performance Award for his portrayal of the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll in Palm Springs. On January 10, he will learn if he won the Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama

By the time filming began, he felt he had learned everything there was to know about Elvis.

He had devoted himself exclusively to his music and had read everything he could find about his life.

Butler tells diversity the dDuring that time, not only would Elvis be the “only thing” he ever thought of, he would also use his voice to speak because “that’s what it takes”.
Transformation: It comes after Austin admitted he's lost touch with his own personality after playing the'King of Rock and Roll' (pictured as a character) in Baz Luhrmann's biopic.

Transformation: It comes after Austin admitted he’s lost touch with his own personality after playing the ‘King of Rock and Roll’ (pictured as a character) in Baz Luhrmann’s biopic.

He said: “During Elvis I didn’t see my family for about three years. I was in New York to prepare with Baz and then I went to Australia.

“I’ve had months where I haven’t spoken to anyone – and when I did it was all about Elvis.”

He explained: “It’s the only thing I’ve been focused on. I was talking in his voice the whole time, so then I talk to my sister and she has to listen to this and she’s like, “What are you doing?”

“So I just had to focus and yeah. That’s what it takes.’

Butler has previously opened up about the impact of playing Elvis, admitting he’s lost touch with his own personality.

He told GQ magazine: “You can lose touch with who you really are and I definitely had that when I was done with Elvis – not knowing who I was.”

No mention of her: Butler doesn't seem to be taking his girlfriend Kaia Gerber to the GG, but she may be meeting him at an after-party; Seen in San Francisco in 2021

No mention of her: Butler doesn’t seem to be taking his girlfriend Kaia Gerber to the GG, but she may be meeting him at an after-party; Seen in San Francisco in 2021

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