We are already used to calling all these stars by their names, but you probably didn’t even know they had different ones. These are the crazy celebrity real names you have to see.
Gigi has a very interesting name. The whole world actually knows her by her nickname, given by Hadid’s mother Yolanda. Yolanda is Dutch, while her father Mohamed comes from Jordan. That is why her actual name is Jelena, which does not sound American at all. When she was a little girl, there was another girl in her class that was called Helena. The teachers would often mix the two, so at one point they asked Yolanda if Jelena had a nickname. That is how Gigi came to life. This beauty is one of the top models in the world at the moment together with her sister Bella, whose real name is not Bella either. So many surprises in one family. The younger Hadid sister is called Isabella.
“My mum was called Gigi 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 mum, ‘If I needed to call Jelena a nickname, what would it be?’ And my mum was like, ‘I call her Gigi sometimes,’ and the name stuck.”
Olivia’s name is Olivia, but her last name was not originally Wilde. The actress shared that her actual last name was definitely interesting, but she still decided to change it. Cockburn is the first one, but thanks to the love Olivia has for Oscar Wilde, she did adopt that one. It all happened when she was playing Gwendolen in ‘The Importance Of Being Ernest’.
“At the time, I was doing The Importance of Being Earnest—I was playing Gwendolen, and I was so in love with it. Oscar Wilde is someone who I respect for so many reasons—a revolutionary, a comedian, and a profound thinker. I had all these reasons. But what I didn’t foresee is that people would think of it as a sexy adjective. So now it’s got a pornographic quality I never considered.”
Can you imagine that one of the most popular female rappers had her name changed? This is another one of the celebrity real names that will blow your mind. Nicki’s actual name is Onika Tanya Maraj. Definitely so much more different from Nicki.
“Somebody changed my name. One of the first production deals I signed, the guy wanted my name to be Minaj and I fought him tooth and nail. But he convinced me. I’ve always hated it. My rule is, whatever you were calling me four years ago is what you should be calling me now, because I don’t like it when my family or close friends call me Nicki Minaj. To me I’m not Nicki Minaj when I’m with them.”
Emma was very young when she decided to change her name. The first version was Emily Jean Stone, until she found out there was another actress under the name of Emily J Stone.
“Well, I was 16 when I found out at SAG [Screen Actors Guild] I couldn’t have my own name. I had the option of Emily J. Stone and it’s kind of like Michael J. Fox, and I love Michael J. Fox, but I don’t think I could pull off the J. So then I changed it to Emma because you know it’s closer to Emily, but most people call me ‘M,’ that know me well.”