Have you ever fantasied about changing your name and assuming a new identity? Or are you looking for baby name inspiration? Well, the A-list certainly aren’t averse to a full name change and some of these names will seriously surprise you.
It’s well known that many actors and actresses change their names to give themselves a jazzier stage name and it’s a practice that has long occurred in Hollywood. Judy Garland, for instance, was actually called Ethel Gumm.
In modern day Hollywood, the likes of Emma Stone and even Meghan Markle have also changed their names. Emma Stone’s actual name is Emily and she was made to change her name at the start of her career at 16 years-old as there was already an Emily Stone working as an actress at the time.
And if you are not already shook enough, it turns out Meghan Markle’s name is in fact Rachel, which funnily enough is her character’s name in TV show, Suits. Meghan is actually her middle name and our minds are officially blown.
The shocks don’t stop there. Did you know that Gigi Hadid is NOT actually called Gigi? Well, the supermodel who is herself now expecting her own baby was actually born Jelena Noura Hadid. In fact, it was her mother, the reality TV star Yolanda Foster, who started calling her Gigi.
“My mom was called that as a kid by her mother when she was younger. But only around the house. In first or second grade, there was a girl named Helena and it got confusing with the teacher who had to call out our names, and so the teacher asked my mom, ‘If I needed to call Jelena a nickname, what would it be?’ And my mom was like, ‘I call her Gigi sometimes,’ and the name stuck.” You do you, Jelena babe.
Here is our definitive list of all the celebrities that have changed their names from Drake to Brad Pitt…