“What’s in a name? that which we call a rose. By any other name would smell as sweet.”
― William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet
Turns out, our Hollywood friends do not agree with Shakespeare. Showbiz is all about the optics and they know this all too well. There’re many Hollywood actors and actresses who’ve changed their names for showbiz. Some did it to increase their appeal on-screen, some did it (and, we are guessing here) because their names were actually too plain or in some cases just too horrible for business. Not kidding! Scroll down this list and you’ll agree one hundred per cent.
Real Name – Mark Sinclair. Let’s be honest, Vin Diesel sounds way cooler when he is in action than Mark Sinclair would have.
Real Name – Neta-Lee Hershlag. Yup! Aren’t you glad she changed her name? All we can imagine is an old Jewish lady cooking Matzoh soup.
Real Name – Margaret Mary Emily Anne Hyra. Meg was justified, if your name is too long, people eventually lose interest!
Real Name – Julie Roberts. She went from ‘e’ to ‘a’. Yes, that’s all.
Real Name – Eric Bishop. From being a Bishop to going one x short of making a hardcore statement. In reality, the name is to honor his favorite comic, Redd Foxx.
Real Name – Olivia Jane Cockburn. Now I can think of a million reasons why she’d want to change her name. But, she chose ‘Wilde’ after getting a role in one adaptation of Oscar Wilde play.
Real Name – Carlos Irwin Estevez. He followed his father’s footsteps and picked up his assumed surname "Sheen". Suits him better than Estevez for sure.
Real Name – Terry Jean Bollette. Let’s be serious, no one in WWE was going to get scared of Terry Jean Bollette.
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Real Name – Destiny Hope Cyrus. She already knew "Destiny" and "Hope" were going to take her nowhere, and so she decided to come down like a ‘wrecking ball’ and changed her name.
Real Name – Laura Jeanne Reese Witherfork. From fork to spoon, an interesting transformation?
Real Name – Peter Gene Hernandez. Bruno says he came up with the surname "Mars" because, "A lot of girls say (he’s) out of this world!" Err.. moving on..
Real Name – Adam Richard Wiles. Calvin says, he changed his name to seem less white. Either ways, "Calvin Harris" is easier to scream in a concert.
Real Name – Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta. Queen’s "Radio Ga Ga" inspired her and she changed her name to match her pop star persona.
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