PHOTOS Austin Butler, Carrie Bradshaw’s love interest in The Carrie Diaries

Sebastian Kydd The Carrie Diaries

The New Year brings along with it a slew of new shows and one of the most highly anticipated is the Sex and the City prequel, The Carrie Diaries. The series is based on the book from Candace Bushnell and it’s about the school days life of protagonist Carrie Bradshaw.

AnnaSophia Robb landed the lead as a younger Carrie, but the focus of this post is Austin Butler who is set to portray 80’s era teenage Carrie’s main love interest, Sebastian Kydd. From the looks of Mr. Butler, I think youthful Carrie may have had more of a Samantha Jones taste in stud-muffin. Sweet child o’ mine!

Sebastian Kydd Austin Butler

If you’re a fan of recent Disney and Nickelodeon shows, Austin may look extremely familiar to you. The 21-year-old has an extensive history of playing the object of affection for many of the female leads. He appeared in Wizards of Waverly Place, Zoey 101, iCarly, and Hannah Montana.

Oh yeah, did I mention he’s dating Vanessa Hudgens? Lucky Vanessa (don’t look so surprised Austin)!

Austin Butler of The Carrie Diaries
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In a preview for the show set to premiere on Jan 14, Kydd is introduced as the new kid in school but he already knows Carrie, as is revealed in a rather steamy pool kiss. We all know Carrie can’t help herself (and who would blame her).

AnnaSophia Robb Austin Butler

Due to the growing success of his career, Butler got his GED at the age of 15 to finish his formal high school education. He plans on attending college when the time is right, but at the pace he’s going, that time may never arrive.

When Austin isn’t playing various leading ladies’ leading man, he loves playing the guitar, which he picked up at 13. He sang the song “Whatever My Love” on an episode of iCarly.

Sebastian Kydd shirtless

The younger Mr. Big has also appeared on the big screen and TV films as well. His credits include, The Faithful, Aliens in the Attic, Betwixt, Sharpay’s Fabulous Adventure, The Bling Ring, My Uncle Rafael, and Intercept.

Now, an important question for the always-fashion-conscious Carrie: Can Austin pull off a dapper Mr. Big inspired bow tie?

Sebastian Kydd bow tie
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That answer would be a resounding, “Yes!” He also has the boyish good looks to be a believable high-school-aged student.

We wish Austin and all the rest of the crew good luck and better ratings for The Carrie Diaries.