Celebrities’ Real Names: Ashton Kutcher, Lady Gaga, More

It’s all inside the establish! It’s common for celebrities to utilize stage names in Hollywood, nevertheless some stars’ exact monikers may shock you.

Take Ashton Kutcher, as an illustration. Whereas accepting the Final Alternative honor on the 2013 Teen Alternative Awards, the That’s 70 Present alum turned entrepreneur admitted that he was really named Chris — transient for Christopher.

“In Hollywood, there’s lots of insider secrets and techniques to preserving your profession going and I really feel like a fraud,” he acknowledged on the time. “My identify in truth is just not even Ashton — Ashton is my center identify. My first identify’s Chris and it at all times has been. It received modified once I was about 19 and have become an actor.”

The previous Ranch star added, “There are some actually wonderful issues I discovered once I was Chris, and I needed to share these issues with you guys as a result of I believe it’s helped me be right here as we speak.”

Funnily adequate, Kutcher’s ex-wife, Demi Moore, and current partner, Mila Kunis, moreover go by fully completely different monikers inside the public eye. The Ghost actress, born Demetria Gene Guynes, shortened her first establish and adopted her first husband Freddy Moore’s surname. The Household Man star, for her half, abbreviated her first establish, Milena, to Mila when she started reserving roles as a youthful actress.

Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta is unquestionably Girl Gaga‘s approved establish. Again in 2009, the Grammy winner outlined her connection to her greater than life moniker.

“I’ve at all times been Gaga,” she suggested Rolling Stone. “I suppressed all these eccentricities about myself so I may slot in. As soon as I used to be free, I used to be capable of be myself.”

One other star who wasn’t born one of the simplest ways everyone knows them right now is Jamie Foxx, whose establish is Eric Marlon Bishop. Early in his standup profession, the Soul star would choose androgynous names — along with Stacy Brown, Traci Inexperienced and Jamie Foxx — so that he could get stage time since there have been just a few female comedians who signed as a lot as perform at these events.

“Then I went on stage, I received a standing ovation. As a result of I used to be ‘recent meat,’ the place [regular comics] needed a comic to die [on stage], the novice in between all the nice ones,” he acknowledged all through a 2018 interview on The Late Present with Stephen Colbert. “I received a standing ovation, and that’s when Jamie Foxx occurred.”

Scroll by the use of the gallery below to see which of your favorite celebrities go by a stage establish.

Thandiwe Newton

Actual Identify: Thandiwe Newton

The Westworld actress dropped the “w” in her first establish whereas attending Catholic school in England. She passed by Thandie Newton for nearly 30 years, until she reclaimed her supply establish in April 2021, telling British Vogue, “That’s my identify. It’s at all times been my identify. I’m taking again what’s mine.” The actress outlined that whereas starring in Flirting in 1991, she was incorrectly credited as Thandie and it caught.

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Travis Scott

Actual establish: Jacques Berman Webster II


Cardi B

Actual establish: Belcalis Marlenis Almánzar


Calvin Harris

Actual establish: Adam Richard Wiles


Vin Diesel

Actual establish: Mark Sinclair

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Mila Kunis

Actual establish: Milena Markovna Kunis


Jack Black

Actual establish: Thomas Jacob Black

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Charlie Sheen

Actual establish: Carlos Irwin Estéve

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Demi Moore

Actual establish: Demetria Gene Guynes

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Julianne Moore

Actual establish: Julie Anne Smith

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Jay Z

Actual establish: Shawn Corey Carter

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Reese Witherspoon

Actual establish: Laura Jeanne Reese Witherspoon

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Katy Perry

Actual establish: Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson

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Meg Ryan

Actual establish: Margaret Mary Emily Anne Hyra

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Tina Fey

Actual establish: Elizabeth Stamatina Fey

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Olivia Wilde

Actual establish: Olivia Jane Cockburn

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Ashton Kutcher

Actual establish: Christopher Ashton Kutcher

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Whoopi Goldberg

Actual establish: Caryn Elaine Johnson

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Carmen Electra

Actual establish: Tara Leigh Patrick

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Miley Cyrus

Actual establish: Future Hope Cyrus

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Nina Dobrev

Actual establish: Nikolina Konstantinova Dobreva

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Shania Twain

Actual establish: Eilleen Regina Edwards

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Natalie Portman

Actual establish: Natalie Hershlag

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Helen Mirren

Actual establish: Ilyena Lydia Vasilievna Mironov

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Girl Gaga

Actual establish: Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta

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Nicki Minaj

Actual establish: Onika Tanya Maraj

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Actual establish: Ella Marija Lani Yelich-O’Connor

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Actual establish: Alecia Beth Moore

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Bono and The Edge

Actual names: Paul David Hewson and David Howell Evans

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Iggy Azalea

Actual establish: Amethyst Amelia Kelly

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Snoop Dogg

Actual establish: Calvin Cordozar Broadus

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Religion Hill

Actual establish: Audrey Religion Perry

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Jamie Foxx

Actual establish: Eric Marlon Bishop

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Marilyn Manson

Actual establish: Brian Hugh Warner

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Ozzy Osbourne

Actual establish: John Michael Osbourne

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Queen Latifah

Actual establish: Dana Elaine Owens

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Lana Del Ray

Actual establish: Elizabeth Woolridge Grant

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