42 Celebrities Whose Real Names Are Different From What We Know

When you're rich and famous, it's not unusual to change your name once you've reached the top and joined the Hollywood family. There are plenty of celebrities today that never use their birth names, and we are going to take a look at a few of these. So, without further ado, let's delve into the actual names of your favorite stars! 

42. We all know the American actress, Mila Kunis, but her real name is actually Milena Markovna Kunis. 

41. We know him as an American actor and film producer, Ben Affleck, whose real name is Benjamin Geza Affleck-Boldt.

40. This American singer, songwriter, record producer, and actor, known to us as John Legend, is actually named John Rogers Stevens.

39. This American actress, producer, and entrepreneur is known as Reese Witherspoon, but her real name is actually Laura Jeanne Reese Witherspoon at birth.

38. This hilarious American actor, singer, songwriter, record and film producer is known as Jamie Foxx, but his legal name is actually Eric Marlon Bishop.

37. This New Zealander, known as Lorde, is a singer, songwriter, and record producer. Her legal name is actually Ella Maria Lani Yelich-O’Connor at birth. 

36. This XXX American actor, producer, screenwriter, and director is known as Vin Diesel, but his legal name is surprisingly Mark Sinclair Vincent. 

35. This young Israeli/American actress, producer, and director goes by the name Natalie Portman, but her real name is Neta-Lee Herschlag. 

34. We know this American actor and rapper as Ludacris, but he was actually legally named Christopher Brian Bridges at birth. 

33. Katy Perry is known as an American singer, songwriter, and television personality, but her real name is Kathryn (Katy) Hudson.

32. Lady Gaga is an amazing American singer, songwriter, and actress, and her real name is Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta.

31. American-Mexican stand-up comedian, writer, actor, and filmmaker, Louis C.K., was given the legal name of Louis Szekely at birth.

30. Lana Del Rey, as we know her, is an American singer, songwriter, and record producer whose legal name is actually Elizabeth Woolridge Grant.

29. This British actor, producer, and former model, known as Tom Hardy, is actually legally named Edward Thomas Hardy.

28. Known to us as Demi Moore, this American actress, former songwriter, and model's real name is Demetria Gene Guynes.

27. This American singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record producer, Bruno Mars, is actually legally known as Peter Gene Hernandez.

26. We know this wild American singer, songwriter, and actress as Miley Cyrus, but her real name is Destiny Hope Cyrus.

25. American actor, producer, and activist, Joaquin Phoenix, is legally known as Joaquin Rafael Bottom/Leaf Phoenix.

24. This American actress, comedian, author, and television host that we love, Whoopi Goldberg, is really named Caryn Elaine Johnson. 

23. We know him as Drake, but this Canadian rapper, singer, songwriter, record producer, and actor is actually really known as Aubrey Drake Graham.

22. Barbadian singer, businesswoman, diplomat, actress, and songwriter Rihanna's legal name is Robyn Rihanna Fenty

21. This Trinidadian-born American rapper, singer, songwriter, actress, and model, Nicki Minaj, is legally known as Onika Tanya Maraj.

20. American actor of screen and stage who has appeared in more than 100 films and television shows is none other than Christopher Walken, whose real name is Ronald Walken.

19. We know this American actress as Emma Stone, but her real legal name is actually Emily Jean Stone.

18. Formerly Professor Macklemore is an American rapper and singer. Macklemore's name is actually legally known as Benjamin Haggerty

17. Tina Fey is an American actress, comedian, writer, producer, and playwright who is really Elizabeth Stamatina Fey.

16. This renowned American actor, director, and producer, known as Nicolas Cage, is legally recognized as Nicolas Kim Coppola at birth. 

15. We know this American actress, director, and producer, as Jodie Foster, but her real name is actually Alicia Christian Foster.

14. This internationally acclaimed British actor, producer, and author has appeared in more than 125 films, spanning 50 years. Michael Caine is actually named Maurice Joseph Micklewhite.

13. Portia de Rossi is an Australian and American model, philanthropist, and actress. She is really known as Amanda Lee Rogers.

12. Ben Kingsley, also known as Sir Ben Kingsley, who is a British actor with a career traversing over 50 years. His real name is Krishna Pandit Bhanji. 

11. Professionally known as Charlie Sheen, this well-known American actor's real name is actually Carlos Irwin Estevez. 

10. Martin Sheen is an American-Irish actor, who was first known for his role in The Subject Was Roses, in 1968. His legal name is actually Ramon Antonio Gerard Estevez

9. Meg Ryan is an American actress and producer. She began her acting career in 1981 in minor roles before joining the cast of the CBS soap opera As the World Turns in 1982 and her real name is Margaret Mary Emily Anne Hyra.

8. Bono is an Irish singer-songwriter, musician, venture capitalist, businessman, and philanthropist. His real name is Paul David Hewson.

7. Spike Jonze is an American filmmaker, photographer, and actor, whose work includes music videos, commercials, film, and television. His legal name is Adam Spiegel.

6. Dakota Fanning is an American actress and model. She started her acting career at the age of seven, and her real name is Hannah Dakota Fanning.

5. Michael Keaton is a renowned American actor, producer, and director. His legal name is actually Michael John Douglas. No, not the other Michael Douglas. 

4. Meryl Streep is known as the best American actress of her generation. Her legal name is Mary Louise Streep, although it was previously Mary Louise Weinstein. 

3. Snoop Dogg is an American rapper, singer, record producer, television personality, entrepreneur, and actor. His legal name is actually Calvin Cordozar Broadus Jr.

2. We know this guy as Meatloaf. No, not the edible version; the American singer, songwriter, record producer, and actor. His real name is Marvin Lee Aday.

1. We know him as Kit Harington who is a British actor and producer. His real name is Christopher Catesby Harington.

We hope you enjoyed this interesting list. Did you know any of their real names? Are there other famous stars whose birth names you know? Tell us in the comments below. We certainly understand why some of them chose to retain their legal names. Remember to share this with your friends and family and keep up-to-date with us for more news about your favorite Hollywood stars! 

Source link: Business Insider

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