The Bling Ring (2011)
To be clear, the Lifetime film and never the Sofia Coppola one starring Emma Watson. Butler had a small function as Zack Garvey, who appears to be an amalgamation of his previous and future roles: a switch scholar who desires to seek out pals but in addition be regular. He winds up caught up in some women’ dramatic and outlandish adventures. Check, examine, examine.
Switched at Birth (2011)
Butler performed a love curiosity on this 2011 ABC Family collection about youngsters Bay Kennish (Vanessa Marano) and Daphne Vasquez (Katie Leclerc), who uncover that they had been switched at start and raised in very completely different socioeconomic upbringings. Butler had a supporting function as James “Wilke” Wilkerson III, a pal of Daphne’s organic brother Toby (Lucas Grabeel). The hottest YouTube outcomes for lots of those teen-drama roles contain clips of a shirtless Butler—a precursor to his present hip gyrations, maybe?
The Carrie Diaries (2013-2014)
Butler entered the heartthrob large leagues in 2013 with the CW’s short-lived Sex and the City prequel, The Carrie Diaries, the place he had the tough problem of embodying Carrie Bradshaw’s (AnnaSophia Robb) old flame after we all knew she was destined to wind up with Mr. Big. As attractive (however delicate!) switch scholar Sebastian Kydd, he set the bar for all of Carrie’s future flings by marrying their sparky chemistry with some precise vulnerability.
In 2014, Butler had a quick stint on the CW’s Arrow as (you guessed it) one other love curiosity: charismatic DJ Chase, who spins intrigue for Thea Queen (Willa Holland). At least on this case, he obtained to show the (flip)tables on poor Thea when it was revealed he was secretly working for Ra’s al Ghul!
The Shannara Chronicles (2016-2017)
Butler obtained his first large starring function within the 2016 fantasy collection tailored from Terry Brooks’ Sword of Shannara trilogy; he performed Wil Ohmsford, a human/elf healer destined to save lots of the world with the assistance of the paranormal Elfstones and an historical sword. The function gave Butler extra to work with than previous components, between Wil’s discovery that he’s the final of the Shannara bloodline of kings and queens, and the far-future world through which magic and demons rework acquainted settings like San Francisco.
While the collection got here to a stumbling finish, altering networks and being unable to get a 3rd season greenlit, it nonetheless clearly served as a springboard for Butler to leap to the massive display.