Austin Butler Considered Retiring From Acting After His Mother Passed Away (EXCLUSIVE)

Austin Butler may now be nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor, but a few years ago he thought about retiring. The 31-year-old actor exclusively told Access Hollywood special correspondent Jason Kennedy why he almost left the industry years ago after his mother passed away at the 2023 Oscars Nominees Luncheon on Feb. 13. The “Elvis” star also recalled his sweet encounter with Tom Cruise at the event and revealed who he may bring to the Academy Awards. The 2023 Oscars air March 12 on ABC.