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12 Celebs You Didn't Know Use Stage Names

Stage names are nothing new in the entertainment industry. I mean, come on, you didn’t actually think “Carrot Top” was really the guy’s name, did you? I’d feel pretty bad for him if it was.

Stage names provide a sense of separation of real life and what you do on stage or on screen. It creates a kind of persona that you yourself don’t have to be when you’re at home. In some cases, it even serves as a branding tool to make yourself more cool-sounding and more marketable in your field. Let’s face it, a name like the awesome “Ricky McBadass” is much more marketable than the incredibly lame-sounding “John Doe.” Celebrities and performers have been exploiting this fact of show business since practically forever, and usually it’s pretty easy to spot a stage name.

Sometimes, however, the names just seem so normal, or the name fits the person so well and becomes such a part of them, that we never actually realize it’s a stage name at all. Let’s take a look at some examples of stars whose names we just might have thought were actually their birth names, only to find out that they in fact aren’t.

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12 Whoopi Goldberg

11 Jon Stewart

10 Joaquin Phoenix

9 Vin Diesel

The name Vin Diesel conveys the awesomeness and toughness suiting the muscled actor in such high-octane movies as the Fast & Furious series and The Last Witch Hunter. His actual name is Mark Sinclair Vincent, taking the Vin from his last name. Of course “Diesel” is just a really tough-sounding word that captures his toughness. But actually, his name is not all that bad. We all know Mark Wahlberg can get away with being a tough guy while using the name “Mark,” so why not Vin as well? Oh, well, at least his name actually fits his persona, which is all we could hope to ask for.

8 Tim Allen

7 Tina Fey

6 Olivia Wilde

5 Michael Keaton

4 Natalie Portman

3 Lana Del Rey

2 Miley Cyrus

1 Katy Perry

Katy Perry may be one of the most popular singers in the world at the moment, known throughout the world as one of the new queens of pop, but many people don’t know that Katy Perry is not actually Katy Perry. Her birth name is a much less exciting Katherine Hudson. She claims to have changed it in order to avoid confusion with another famous person with an eerily similar name. Give up? It’s actress Kate Hudson, of course. But it works out since Perry is much catchier. It just has that presence that seems to match her music and her bubbly onstage personality. It worked out quite well for her.

Sources: bustle.comthoughtcatalog.com

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