Austin Butler Looked Up to Leonardo DiCaprio's Career When He Was Younger

Austin Butler Looked Up to Leonardo DiCaprio's Career When He Was Younger

Austin Butler is opening up about looking up to Leonardo DiCaprio.

The 31-year-old Oscar nominated Elvis star recently opened up about whose career he thought his would look like when he was a teenager doing auditions, and he noted Leo, who also started out at a young age.

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“I started looking at a lot of different people’s careers. And Leo, when I was about 15, became that guy, because he’d made that transition [from child actor]. Every film that he chose, you could see the level of passion that he still had for the work,” Austin shared with Vanity Fair. “And that’s been a surreal thing, looking back at what my dreams were when I was 15, and then getting to work with the people that he got to work with, getting to be on set with him. There’s a lot of these pinch-me moments in my life and that’s definitely one of them.”

“I remember being younger, being 16 or something, and comparing myself to what I saw in Leo’s career when he was 19 or something, going from Gilbert Grape and Basketball Diaries and then Titanic. I was 20 and I was looking back and going, ‘Oh, no, my dreams are never going to come true in the same way,’” he added.

“I mean, I had times where I just thought, Oh, maybe it’ll never happen or I’ll never get those opportunities. But now, in retrospect, I can look back and go, if I had some film that hit really big when I was younger, I wouldn’t have had to keep going back to the drawing board and saying, ‘How do you get better at this?’”

If you recall, Austin was actually in a movie with Leonardo, Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood, which featured quite the ensemble cast of big name celebs.

Back in February 2022, Austin was also seen hanging out with Leo and more during a night out in Hollywood.

Last summer, Austin revealed advice he got from Leo for working with Baz Luhrmann.

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