“Was She In Avengers?” These 10 Celebrity “Real” Names Are Very Different Than Their “Stage” Names

Many celebrities take on stage names to either protect their identity, or to reinvent themselves into someone else. Here are 10 celebrities' stage names vs. their real names.

10. Olivia Wilde-Olivia Jane Cockburn

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Olivia's mom suggested she come up with a stage name so that she could have a unique identity, so she decided to name herself after Oscar Wilde. Related: Millennials Don't Listen to Boomers, Until Now, Why?

9. Zayn-Zain Javadd Malik

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Zayn changed the spelling of his first name before his X Factor audition because he thought it would look cooler with a “y.”

8. Brie Larson-Brianne Sidonie Desaulniers

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Brie chose Larson as her last name because it was the last name of her favorite American Girl doll growing up, Kirsten Larson.

7. Emma Stone-Emily Jean Stone

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Emma chose her name because there was already an actor going by Emily Stone in the Screen Actor's Guild. She chose “Riley” at first, but after struggling to respond to that name on set, she chose something closer to her real name.

6. Nicki Minaj-Onika Tanya Maraj

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Nicki was convinced to change her last name to Minaj by a man she signed one of her early production deals with.

5. Reese Witherspoon-Laura Jean Reese Witherspoon

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Even though “Reese” was her mother's maiden name, she decided to change that to her first name early in her career.

4. Drake-Aubrey Drake Graham

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Drake decided to go by his middle name because it was given to him by his father.

3. Nina Dobrev-Nikolina Kamenova Dobreva

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Her name reflects her Bulgarian roots, but she shortened it when her acting career began.

2. Jamie Foxx-Eric Marlon Bishop

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When he was starting off as a comedian, he went by Eric Bishop. However, jealous competitors who controlled the lists on open mic night prevented him from performing, so he started choosing androgynous names to go by, and Jamie Foxx stuck.

1. Katy Perry-Katheryn Elizabeth Husdon

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Although she recorded two gospel albums under her real name, she decided to take on her mom's maiden name when she signed with Capitol Records in 2017.

15 Women From the 90's Everyone Loved

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In the 1990s, actresses like Jennifer Aniston, Demi Moore and Julia Roberts were some of the most popular women in the world. They starred in blockbuster films, graced the covers of magazines, and had legions of fans. While their careers have changed over the years, these women remain iconic figures from the 1990s. Here is a look at 15 women from the 90s that everyone had a crush on.

“No More Woke Garbage” 10 Iconic Black and White Movies That Are Actually Good

Black and white movies may not be as popular as modern-day movies, but they are classics. Every connoisseur of cinema should watch them at least once. Recently, in a platform discussion, people have shared black and white movies that are a must-watch for any film enthusiast.

“I'm Ready To Die” 10 Movie Death Scenes That Made Us Die Too

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Movies can transport us to new worlds, make us laugh, cry, or feel various emotions. Some movie scenes are so intense and memorable that they stick with us long after the credits roll. Recently in a discussion, people have shared death scenes from their favorite movies that are seared into their memories.

10 Movies/TV Shows That Ruined the Entire Franchise

Franchise owners and filmmakers work tirelessly to produce hit movies and television shows that keep fans engaged and coming back for more. But sometimes, a single misstep can cause a franchise to crash and burn. On a popular online forum, users discussed the movies and television episodes that killed franchises. Here are the top ten responses:

10 Surprising Actors Who Instantly Ruin Movies

Actors and actresses can make or break a movie with their performances. While some are beloved by audiences and critics alike, others are criticized for their lackluster acting skills and ability to ruin an otherwise good film. Recently, in a discussion on a platform, people have shared actors and actresses who can instantly ruin movies with their performances.


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