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


It’s all in the name! It’s not uncommon for celebrities to use stage names in Hollywood, but some stars’ actual monikers may surprise you.

Take Ashton Kutcher, for example. While accepting the Ultimate Choice honor at the 2013 Teen Choice Awards, the That’s 70 Show alum turned entrepreneur admitted that he was actually named Chris — short for Christopher.

“In Hollywood, there’s a lot of insider secrets to keeping your career going and I feel like a fraud,” he said at the time. “My name in fact is not even Ashton — Ashton is my middle name. My first name’s Chris and it always has been. It got changed when I was about 19 and became an actor.”

The former Ranch star added, “There are some really amazing things I learned when I was Chris, and I wanted to share those things with you guys because I think it’s helped me be here today.”

Funnily enough, Kutcher’s ex-wife, Demi Moore, and current wife, Mila Kunis, also go by different monikers in the public eye. The Ghost actress, born Demetria Gene Guynes, shortened her first name and adopted her first husband Freddy Moore’s surname. The Family Guy star, for her part, abbreviated her first name, Milena, to Mila when she started booking roles as a young actress.

Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta is actually Lady Gaga‘s legal name. Back in 2009, the Grammy winner explained her connection to her larger than life moniker.

“I’ve always been Gaga,” she told Rolling Stone. “I suppressed all those eccentricities about myself so I could fit in. Once I was free, I was able to be myself.”

Another star who wasn’t born the way we know them today is Jamie Foxx, whose name is Eric Marlon Bishop. Early in his standup career, the Soul star would choose androgynous names — including Stacy Brown, Traci Green and Jamie Foxx — so that he could get stage time since there were very few female comedians who signed up to perform at those events.

“Then I went on stage, I got a standing ovation. Because I was ‘fresh meat,’ where [regular comics] wanted a comedian to die [on stage], the amateur in between all the great ones,” he said during a 2018 interview on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. “I got a standing ovation, and that’s when Jamie Foxx happened.”

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

Travis Scott

Real name: Jacques Berman Webster II


Cardi B

Real name: Belcalis Marlenis Almánzar


Calvin Harris

Real name: Adam Richard Wiles


Vin Diesel

Real name: Mark Sinclair

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Mila Kunis

Real name: Milena Markovna Kunis


Jack Black

Real name: Thomas Jacob Black

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Charlie Sheen

Real name: Carlos Irwin Estéve

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Demi Moore

Real name: Demetria Gene Guynes

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Julianne Moore

Real name: Julie Anne Smith

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Jay Z

Real name: Shawn Corey Carter

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Reese Witherspoon

Real name: Laura Jeanne Reese Witherspoon

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Katy Perry

Real name: Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson

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Meg Ryan

Real name: Margaret Mary Emily Anne Hyra

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Tina Fey

Real name: Elizabeth Stamatina Fey

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Olivia Wilde

Real name: Olivia Jane Cockburn

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Ashton Kutcher

Real name: Christopher Ashton Kutcher

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Whoopi Goldberg

Real name: Caryn Elaine Johnson

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Carmen Electra

Real name: Tara Leigh Patrick

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Miley Cyrus

Real name: Destiny Hope Cyrus

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Nina Dobrev

Real name: Nikolina Konstantinova Dobreva

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Shania Twain

Real name: Eilleen Regina Edwards

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Natalie Portman

Real name: Natalie Hershlag

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Helen Mirren

Real name: Ilyena Lydia Vasilievna Mironov

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Lady Gaga

Real name: Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta

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Nicki Minaj

Real name: Onika Tanya Maraj

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Real name: Ella Marija Lani Yelich-O’Connor

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Real name: Alecia Beth Moore

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Bono and The Edge

Real names: Paul David Hewson and David Howell Evans

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Iggy Azalea

Real name: Amethyst Amelia Kelly

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Snoop Dogg

Real name: Calvin Cordozar Broadus

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Faith Hill

Real name: Audrey Faith Perry

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Jamie Foxx

Real name: Eric Marlon Bishop

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Marilyn Manson

Real name: Brian Hugh Warner

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Ozzy Osbourne

Real name: John Michael Osbourne

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Queen Latifah

Real name: Dana Elaine Owens

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Lana Del Ray

Real name: Elizabeth Woolridge Grant

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