He added: “My mum was my best friend and her mum was her best friend. I know what it was like to lose my best friend and my mum at this particular time in my life so it really connected me. to him and made me feel just so much love for him.”
Shortly after taking on the role, Austin became fully dedicated to doing the part justice.
“[I] papered the whole apartment with images and a timeline of Elvis’ life,” he said. “I’m so grateful to have had the movie and, for lack of a better word, the obsession with ‘Elvis to occupy my days. It made me feel like there was a reason to get up every morning.”