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 and their real names.
Olivia Wilde-Olivia Jane Cockburn
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.
Zayn-Zain Javadd Malik
Zayn changed the spelling of his first name before his
audition because he thought it would look cooler with a “y.”
Brie Larson-Brianne Sidonie Desaulniers
Brie chose Larson as her last name because it was the last name of her favorite American Girl doll growing up, Kirsten Larson.
Emma Stone-Emily Jean Stone
She chose “Riley” at first, but after struggling to respond to that name on set, she chose something closer to her real name.
Nicki Minaj-Onika Tanya Maraj
Nicki was convinced to change her last name to Minaj by a man she signed one of her early production deals with.
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