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Austin Butler Is Giving Us a Healthy Dose of Nostalgia as Elvis

We're truly—in the very best way—All Shook Up.

If you're curious about Austin Butler, the 30-year-old actor who will portray Elvis Presley in the upcoming film Elvis scheduled to hit theaters on June 24, so were we. Rest assured, we found out some things about this celeb as we anxiously await to see the Baz Luhrmann biopic. Read on to learn more about Austin Butler, and next up, don't miss The 6 Best Exercises for Strong and Toned Arms in 2022, Trainer Says.

He's a major Elvis fan

Austin Butler poses at Canadian screening of Warner Bros. "Elvis"
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Butler's Instagram account has 2.3M followers, and he recently posted a quite teasing series of pictures. They include the recent GQ cover he graced, a 60s pink Elvis-like suit and pose, a black suit, and a bright blue suit of the King's era, with the caption #elvismovie. The pic received more than 336K likes, and the hype for the upcoming flick is real. Fans were quick to comment with, "It's the pink suit for me bro (fire emoji)," and, "Can't wait to see the movie #elvisfan."

Austin Butler has the dreamy eyes, haircut, and all the poses down pat. The nostalgia is real, and Butler is bringing on so many Elvis vibes. He tells GQ, "It's comforting to me now, when I get in the car. I'll just go, 'What do I want to listen to?' Usually I just end up popping on Elvis. I've never loved somebody I've never met more than Elvis."

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The nostalgia is real—and it benefits your emotional wellness

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We all love to get nostalgic every so often. Good memories from the past truly make us happy and feel good. Studies have proven that nostalgia can benefit your emotional wellness and health. Being reminded and thinking of good things by watching movies and listening to some favorite tunes from the past can transport you back to some pretty amazing times. It can stimulate motivation and inspiration, put you in a better mood, and so much more according to research. Austin Butler does that and more in the new movie Elvis, and we're truly—in the very best way—All Shook Up.

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Butler has come a long way from the youth who grew up in Anaheim, California

Sydney premiere of ELVIS
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The actor has been busy working with Nickelodeon and Disney, along with several movies and shows. He was attacked by zombies in the movie The Dead Don't Die with Selena Gomez and Luka Sabbat. Butler also took on the role of Tex Watson in the film Once Upon a Time…In Hollywood with Brad Pitt, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Margot Robbie. You may also recognize him from The Shannara Chronicles (as Wil Ohmsford) and The Carrie Diaries (as Sebastian Kydd, Carrie Bradshaw's love interest).

He found it difficult to switch out of "Elvis mode" after filming wrapped up

Austin Butler at attends the "Elvis" UK Special Screening
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First off, Butler has motivation, style, and much personality. In fact, Baz Luhrmann, director of the Elvis biopic, received a video of Butler doing a performance of "Unchained Melody," which caught Luhrmann's attention for the movie. Butler spoke with such an accent during their meeting, Luhrmann was surprised to learn he wasn't southern at all, but from the West Coast. "I asked one of my assistants [about Butler's accent], and the guy said, 'Well, he's not Southern. He's from Anaheim,'" Luhrmann tells GQ. "I don't think, until recently, I actually came to understand how Austin actually sounded."

Butler lost his mom at an early age, just like Elvis. He shared with GQ, "His mother passed away when he was 23, and my mom passed away when I was 23. So when I learned that, it was one of those things where I got chills, and I just thought, Okay, I can connect to that."

Austin Butler jumped right into the role of portraying Elvis Presley, full throttle. In fact, he found it difficult to switch out of "Elvis mode" after he was done filming for the biopic. "You can lose touch with who you actually are. And I definitely had that when I finished Elvis—not knowing who I was," Butler said.

So sit back and enjoy listening to some oldies but goodies from the 1950s, and remember the look and amazing voice of the American legend and "King of Rock and Roll."

Alexa Mellardo
Alexa is the Mind + Body Deputy Editor of Eat This, Not That!, overseeing the M+B channel and delivering compelling fitness, wellness, and self-care topics to readers. Read more