The Once Upon a Time in Hollywood star, 30, hit the pink carpet on Monday, May 2, in an all-black, rock and roll-inspired ensemble together with Elvis’ signature pompadour coiffure. He was accompanied up the steps of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City by a number of of his castmates, together with Olivia DeJonge and Alton Mason, and director Baz Luhrmann. The group have been joined by Kacey Musgraves, who recorded a particular cowl of “Can’t Help Falling in Love” for the film, and Priscilla, 76.
The Elvis Presley Enterprises co-founder praised each Butler and the movie whereas talking with La La Anthony on the gala.
On Saturday, April 29, Presley gushed that the Carrie Diaries alum is “outstanding” within the position of her late ex-husband. “For those curious about the new film ELVIS … the director, provided a private screening for me and [Elvis’ friend] Jerry Schilling at Warner studios recently. This story is about Elvis and [manager] Colonel Parker’s relationship. It is a true story told brilliantly and creatively that only Baz, in his unique artistic way, could have delivered,” she wrote through Facebook. “Austin Butler, who played Elvis is outstanding.”
She continued: “Halfway through the film Jerry and I looked at each other and said WOW!!! Bravo to him … he knew he had big shoes to fill. He was extremely nervous playing this part. I can only imagine.”
Butler has been open about spoken about his intense preparation for Elvis and the pressures of taking part in the King of Rock and Roll on the large display screen. “When I began the process, I set out to get my voice to be identical. That instills fear. So that got the fire burning. For a year before we started shooting, I was doing voice coaching,” the California native advised The Hollywood Reporter in February. “I watched as much as I could, over and over. I feel such a responsibility to Elvis and to Priscilla and [daughter] Lisa Marie, and all the people around the world who love him so much.”
Last month, he advised Vogue that his ex-girlfriend Vanessa Hudgens really predicted that he would play Elvis Presley someday. “I was actually driving up through Griffith Park and Elvis’s ‘Blue Christmas’ came on. I was singing along with it when my friend had kind of an epiphany: ‘You need to play Elvis,’” he mentioned, confirming that the good friend in query was the High School Musical star, 33.
Hudgens was additionally in attendance on the Met Gala on Monday, internet hosting the Vogue dwell stream alongside Hamish Bowles. The two didn’t work together on the pink carpet, however Butler did pose together with his present girlfriend, Kaia Gerber. He was first linked to the 20-year-old mannequin in December 2021. “They are low-key dating. It’s still very new,” a supply advised Us Weekly solely on the time. The couple seemingly confirmed their romance in March, after they have been photographed strolling arm-in-arm in Los Angeles.
Hudgens, for her half, has moved on with baseball participant Cole Tucker.