Whoopi Goldberg’s actual title is Caryn Elaine Johnson.
In 2006, she instructed the New York Instances, “While you’re acting on stage, you by no means actually have time to enter the lavatory and shut the door. So, when you get a little bit gassy, you’ve acquired to let it go. So, folks used to say to me, ‘You’re like a whoopee cushion.’ And that’s the place the title got here from.”
Shay Mitchell’s actual title is Shannon Ashley Garcia Mitchell.
Throughout a 2017 Fb Stay occasion, the actor mentioned, “I really like J.Lo, Jennifer Lopez. And after I was in highschool, folks could be like, ‘Shay-Lo,’ after which Shay kinda caught. We dropped Lo, as a result of nobody will be J.Lo.”
Jamie Foxx’s actual title is Eric Marlon Bishop.
On an episode of the Late Present with David Letterman, the actor mentioned the rationale why he modified his title was on account of stand-up comedy. “I seen it might be, like, 1,000 guys present up and solely three ladies, however the three ladies would all the time get a spot, and they might select from the checklist. So, I went to the checklist and wrote down unisex names. Stacey Inexperienced. Tracey Brown. Jamie Foxx.”
Emma Stone’s actual title is Emily Jean Stone.
Throughout a 2017 interview with W Journal, she mentioned, “My actual title is Emily. However it was taken at SAG. … I had the choice of Emily J. Stone, and it is type of like Michael J. Fox, which I really like Michael J. Fox, however I do not suppose I may pull off the J. … To ask a 16-year-old to select a brand new title is actually an attention-grabbing course of, as a result of I used to be like, ‘I will be Riley. My title goes to be Riley Stone.'”
On an episode of The Tonight Present Starring Jimmy Fallon, she revealed that she truly needed to be referred to as Emma as a child. “Rising up, I used to be tremendous blonde, and my actual title is Emily, however I needed to be referred to as Emma due to Child Spice. And guess what? Now, I’m.”
Bruno Mars’ actual title is Peter Gene Hernandez.
Throughout a 2013 interview with Rap-Up, the singer mentioned, “Bruno is after Bruno Sammartino, who was this massive, fats wrestler. I suppose I used to be this chunky little child, so my dad used to name me that as a nickname.”
In 2013, the actor instructed GQ that the music business tried to field him in on account of his final title. “‘Your final title’s Hernandez,'” he recalled folks telling him. “‘Perhaps you need to do that Latin music, this Spanish music. … Enrique’s so scorching proper now.'” He ended up selecting the title Mars and sidestepped the problem. “Mars simply type of got here [from] joking round as a result of that sounds larger than life. That was it, easy as that,” he instructed Latina Journal.
Lana Del Rey’s actual title is Elizabeth Woolridge Grant.
Throughout a 2012 interview with MTV, she mentioned, “I knew that I needed a reputation that sounded type of unique and jogged my memory of the seaside on the Floridian coast. ‘Lana Del Rey’ sounded lovely.”
Awkwafina’s actual title is Nora Lum.
In 2017, the actor instructed Galore, “I simply actually thought it was humorous when folks attempt to subtilize merchandise like Neutrogena. As a result of I simply think about somebody sitting there, eager about all these bizarre names, particularly the water names. However in any case, I simply got here up with it after I was 16 and thought it was actually humorous. After which, I ultimately adopted it.”
“My rap title was simply Aquafina, however then I feel after we have been placing out the video, the man that made the video…he was like, ‘Effectively, we should always change the spelling so you aren’t getting sued,'” she recalled. “So, he spelled it so further. He spelled it in probably the most further manner ever. So, I used to be like, ‘I really feel like folks aren’t going to grasp this,’ and he was like, ‘Yeah, however I really feel like it might be distinctive, so then folks [will] look it up.’ However then, nobody is aware of the right way to spell it. So, you realize, it got here again to chew me within the ass.”
KJ Apa’s actual title is Keneti James Apa.
Final yr, the actor appeared on an episode of Jimmy Kimmel Stay! After Jimmy requested what KJ stands for, the actor mentioned, “KJ is brief for Keneti James, which is a Samoan title. I am named after my father.”
Alicia Keys’ actual title is Alicia Augello Prepare dinner.
In 2007, the singer instructed Newsweek, “I acquired so determined I went via the dictionary for one thing that catches my eye. I get to the W’s, and I decide Wild. ‘Alicia Wild, how does that sound, Ma?’ She mentioned, ‘It sounds such as you’re a stripper.’ However I preferred Keys. It is just like the piano keys. And it may open so many doorways.”
Nicolas Cage’s actual title is Nicolas Kim Coppola.
Throughout a Wired interview earlier this yr, the actor mentioned he modified his title on account of his connection to his uncle, director Francis Ford Coppola. “I modified my title as a result of I used to be doing a little bit film referred to as Quick Instances at Ridgemont Excessive, and I used to be nonetheless Nicolas Coppola. Individuals wouldn’t cease saying issues like, ‘I really like the odor of Nicolas within the morning’ due to Apocalypse Now, Robert Duvall saying, ‘I really like the odor of napalm within the morning.’ And it made it onerous to work. I made a decision I do not want this, so I modified it to Cage.”
Sir Elton John was born Reginald Kenneth Dwight however legally modified his title to Elton Hercules John.
Throughout a 1987 interview, he reportedly mentioned, “After I grew to become Elton John, it was like a brand new lease on life. I didn’t notably like being Reg Dwight. It had too many sad recollections.”
John Legend’s actual title is John Roger Stephens.
In 2008, the singer instructed MTV Information, “John Legend is a nickname that some associates began calling me, and it type of grew into my stage title. Legend is one thing that I by no means would have chosen for myself initially. It grew to the purpose the place extra folks in my circle would know me by that title than by my actual title. I needed to decide.”
Halsey’s actual title is Ashley Nicolette Frangipane.
In 2020, the singer instructed Cosmopolitan, “I feel I had the foresight to know that being me wasn’t sufficient. I needed to grow to be any individual fully totally different. On the time, I felt that Ashley didn’t need to be well-known and profitable as a result of she wasn’t that particular, but when I made Halsey, perhaps she could possibly be. [Changing my name] gave me the chance to create a brand new persona that wasn’t sure by the expectations I had for myself or the constraints that others positioned on me due to my upbringing or my socioeconomic state of affairs.”
Jo Koy’s actual title is Joseph Glenn Herbert.
Throughout the Netflix particular In His Parts, the comic shared that individuals would chuckle at his title when he did stand-up early in his profession. He was mulling over totally different choices when his aunt referred to as him over to eat together with her nickname for him: Jo Koy. For over 30 years, he is used that as his stage title.
“I am going, ‘Then what do you name me?’ She goes, ‘I name you Jo ko. That’s your nickname. Jo ko.’ And for all of you at house who do not know what meaning: In Tagalog, ko means my. My nickname is my Jo. Jo ko. How fucking candy is that?”
Frank Ocean was born Christopher Edwin Breaux however legally modified his title to Christopher Francis Ocean.
In 2011, the singer instructed Advanced, “I modified my title on my birthday final yr. It was probably the most empowering shit I did in 2010, for certain. I went on LegalZoom and altered my fucking title. It simply felt cool. None of us are our names. When you don’t like your title, then change your title. I’m just a few steps into the method, so I most likely shouldn’t even be speaking about this, however by the start of summer time, I’ll be straight. I’ll be boarding planes as Christopher Francis Ocean.”
And eventually, Mindy Kaling’s actual title is Vera Mindy Chokalingam.
In 2020, she instructed NHPR, “I shortened my title as a result of emcees for these comedy exhibits would have bother saying it, after which, they’d make a joke about my final title. My actual title is Vera Mindy Chokalingam, and it is a South Indian title, and it is a lengthy title. As a performer, these comedians would simply butcher it, after which be like, ‘I do not know what it’s! Simply this lady, Mindy.'”
“While you do comedy…these are all comedians who modified their names, and I felt it was the simplest factor for me to do, and in the end, it was actually useful to do it. It was one thing that I had quite a lot of blended emotions about. However my mother and father did not thoughts. I talked to them about it. After which, I ended up shortening it. It is bittersweet, however I’ve to say, it was such a assist to my profession to have a reputation that individuals may pronounce.”
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