17 Celebrities whose real names will seriously surprise you
With all the celebrity news outlets (guilty!) and the various social media profiles belonging to the rich and famous, we ordinary citizens like to think we know a reasonable amount of information about the A-listers of our time. From secret affairs to Starbucks coffee orders, as well as most celebrity pregnancies (ahem, Kylie Jenner), there's not much that goes above our prying noses.
Except, well... their true identities. It turns out that a lot of celebrities have ditched their real names in favour of something that's more memorable or easier to remember.
Most of the time, as was the case with Jennifer Aniston, actors choose to change their names to make them easier to read and recognise. Exotic-sounding names are often changed so the person isn't subject to stereotyping (Bruno Mars), and at other times it comes down to a personal preference to go with their childhood nickname (Miley Cyrus) or middle name (Brad Pitt).
Many celebs adopt monikers simply to sound cooler (I'm looking at you, Iggy Azalea) and as a way to let their performer personality become more closely associated with their off-screen or off-stage persona. For Lana Del Rey, changing her name was the result of a failed album she released under her real name. She picked herself up and got back into the game by rebranding herself, name and all.
But let's get into it. Here are 17 celebrities whose real names would be completely unfamiliar to you.
1. Mila Kunis
Real name: Milena Markovna Kunis
2. Katy Perry
Real name: Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson
3. Miley Ray Cyrus
Real name: Destiny Hope Cyrus
4. Emma Stone
Real name: Emily Jean Stone
Real name: William Bradley Pitt
6. Travis Scott
Real name: Jacques Webster
7. Gigi Hadid
Real name: Jelena Noura Hadid
Real name: Rachel Meghan Markle
9. Bruno Mars
Real name: Peter Gene Hernandez
10. Reese Witherspoon
Real name: Laura Jeanne Reese Witherspoon
11. Nicki Minaj
Real name: Onika Tanya Maraj
12. Calvin Harris
Real name: Adam Richard Wiles
13. Lana Del Rey
Real name: Elizabeth Woolridge Grant
14. Jennifer Aniston
Real name: Jennifer Linn Anastassakis
15. Elle Macpherson
Real name: Eleanor Nancy Gow
16. Elton John
Real name: Reginald Kenneth Dwight
17. Iggy Azalea
Real name: Amethyst Amelia Kelly
Who else is seeing the A-list crowd with totally different eyes now?