The name says it all! In Hollywood, it’s typical for actors to go by stage names, but you might be surprised by some of them.
Take, for example, Ashton Kutcher. The That’s 70 Show star turned entrepreneur revealed that his real name was Chris, which is short for Christopher, when winning the Ultimate Choice award at the 2013 Teen Choice Awards.
At the time, he added, “I feel like a phoney because there are so many insider secrets to maintaining your profession in Hollywood. “Ashton is actually my middle name; I don’t even go by that name. Chris is and always has been my first name. It was altered when I turned 19 and started working as an actor.
“There are some really beautiful things I learned when I was Chris,” the former Ranch star said, “and I wanted to share those things with you guys because I think it’s helped me be here today.”
Funny enough, Demi Moore, Kutcher’s ex-wife, and Mila Kunis, his present spouse, use different names in the public. The Ghost actress, whose real name is Demetria Gene Guynes, shortens her first name and takes the last name of her ex-husband Freddy Moore. When the Family Guy actress initially began landing parts as a young actress, she shorten her first name, Milena, to Mila.
Lady Gaga’s legal name is Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta. The Grammy winner gave an explanation of her relationship to her nickname back in 2009.
She told Rolling Stone, “I’ve always been Gaga.” “In order to fit in, I suppressed all of my peculiarities. I was able to be myself once I was liberated.
Jamie Foxx, whose real name is Eric Marlon Bishop, is another famous person who wasn’t born the way we know them today. The Soul star would pick androgynous names early in his stand-up career, such as Jamie Foxx, Stacy Brown, and Traci Green, to ensure that he would get stage time because there were so few female comics who signed up to perform at such events.
“After that, I took the stage to a standing ovation. In a 2018 interview on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, he stated, “I was ‘fresh meat,’ when [regular comics] wanted a comedian to die [on stage], the amateur in between all the great ones. “When I received a standing ovation, Jamie Foxx appeared.”