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Hollywood Actors Who Changed Their Names For Showbiz

“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. 
Vin Diesel
Real Name – Mark Sinclair. Let’s be honest, Vin Diesel sounds way cooler when he is in action than Mark Sinclair would have. 
Natalie Portman
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.  
Meg Ryan
Real Name – Margaret Mary Emily Anne Hyra. Meg was justified, if your name is too long, people eventually lose interest! 
Julia Roberts
Real Name – Julie Roberts. She went from ‘e’ to ‘a’. Yes, that’s all.  
Jamie Foxx
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.
Olivia Wilde
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. 
Charlie Sheen
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.
Hulk Hogan
Real Name – Terry Jean Bollette. Let’s be serious, no one in WWE was going to get scared of Terry Jean Bollette. 
Miley Ray Cyrus
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. 
Reese Witherspoon
Real Name – Laura Jeanne Reese Witherfork. From fork to spoon, an interesting transformation?
Bruno Mars
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.. 
Calvin Harris
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. 
Lady Gaga
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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