The Bling Ring (2011)
To be clear, that is the Lifetime film and never the Sofia Coppola characteristic starring Emma Watson. Butler had a small position as Zack Garvey, who appears to be an amalgamation of his previous and future roles: a switch pupil who needs to seek out mates but additionally be regular. He winds up caught up in some women’ dramatic and outlandish adventures. Verify, examine, examine.
Switched at Start (2011)
Butler performed a love curiosity on this 2011 ABC Household sequence about youngsters Bay Kennish (Vanessa Marano) and Daphne Vasquez (Katie Leclerc), who uncover that they had been switched at delivery and raised in very totally different socioeconomic upbringings. Butler had a supporting position as James “Wilke” Wilkerson III, a pal of Daphne’s organic brother Toby (Lucas Grabeel). The most well-liked 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 Intercourse and the Metropolis prequel, The Carrie Diaries, the place he had the difficult problem of embodying Carrie Bradshaw’s (AnnaSophia Robb) old flame once we all knew she was destined to wind up with Mr. Large. As attractive (however delicate!) switch pupil 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 the very least on this case, he bought 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 bought his first large starring position within the 2016 fantasy sequence 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 position gave Butler extra to work with than previous elements, between Wil’s discovery that he’s the final of the Shannara bloodline of kings and queens, and the far-future world wherein magic and demons rework acquainted settings like San Francisco.
Whereas the sequence 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 large display screen.