Born in Anaheim, California, Austin Butler started his career as a background-actor along with his sister. Butler’s life took a turn for the better when he was noticed by a background-acting agency representative at the age of 13. The young actor got his first role as a background actor in the two seasons in Nickelodeon’s live-action sitcom ‘Ned’s Declassified School Survival Guide.’ On the sets of the show, he met Pat Cutler, the manager of his friend and actress Lindsey Shaw. Impressed with the young boy’s talent, Cutler made a deal to represent him. The contact with Cutler became decisive in Austin Butler’s career and he started to approach acting in a more professional way.
While Cutler helped him to land minor roles on television shows, Butler discovered his passion for acting. He joined acting classes which took its toll on his schooling. He dropped out of regular schooling and turned to home-schooling in order to balance his acting career and academics. During those years, Butler was so keen about art and music that the young man used to play the guitar until his fingers bleed.
His first breakthrough came with the 2007 teen series ‘Hannah Montana’ on Disney Channel. The actor appeared in the guest role of Derek Hanson alongside teen sensation Miley Cyrus in the show. In the next year, he landed his first recurring role in the Nickelodeon and Family Channel series ‘Zoey 101.’ His stunning portrayal of James Garrett, lover of the titular character, earned him widespread critical acclaim and triggered a slew of similar roles. While the fan-favorite lead couple emerged as deadly combo, the fourth season of the show ran for 9 popular episodes. The actor discovered the hidden talent within him, to process emotions and deliver them through his eyes.
When asked about destiny, Butler once said, “I don’t know, I believe that things are meant to be, in a way, but I also believe that we have free will, so I believe that there are multiple destinies in a weird way; I don’t even know if that makes sense! I was even just talking yesterday with somebody who met their wife in this certain way, and it’s like if you didn’t do one little thing– if my grandparents didn’t meet on that particular day and they hadn’t crossed paths, I wouldn’t even be here sitting here talking to you.”
But destiny drove him straight into the center of life when he landed a recurring role in the CW series ‘Life Unexpected’ in 2010. Though the teen drama series met with positive reviews, the CW pulled the plug on the show after it started struggling to get good ratings. His major works during this period include ‘Wizards of Waverly,’ ‘Jonas,’ ‘CSI: Miami,’ and ‘The Defenders.’ Soon, he landed the lead role in ‘Sharpay’s Fabulous Adventure,’ a spin-off of the hit ‘High School Musical.’ He played the role of Peyton Leverette and garnered widespread critical acclaim.
Butler played a major role in the ABC family series ‘Switched at Birth’ from 2011 to 2012. Titles like ‘The Bling Ring,’ ‘Are You There, Chelsea?’ and ‘The Carrie Diaries’ soon followed. His career catapulted during that phase into new heights and the actor became a regular collaborator with several high profile directors in Hollywood.