Did you know: Famous actor’s real names

These celebrities renamed themselves to get to the heights of stardom.

Show business is all about glitz and glamour. Sometimes just to get to the heart of the audience needs a catchy name. It can be a moniker or a stage name. Like Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta became Lady GaGa after Queen’s superhit track “Radio GaGa”. Sometimes just for a fresh start or even on a whim, they adopt a stage name, and we associate them with that name. So, let us surprise you more with the real names of actors that you might not know.


Rihanna or RiRi, whatever you want to call the powerhouse of talent, is not her real name. Her real name is Robyn Fenty. Yes, now you know why her cosmetic brand is called Fenty beauty. Rihanna is her middle name. In her own words, she gets numb with the name Rihanna, but if you call her Robyn, she will pay attention as she is still called by this name by her family and loved ones.

Marilyn Monroe

The iconic symbol of glamour, Marilyn’s real name was Norma Jeane Mortenson, and she was a natural brunette than a blonde girl; we all associate with her. She toyed with her name a lot by changing it from Norma Jeane to Jeane Norma. But after signing on with 20th Century Fox, she finally changed her name to Marilyn adopting her mother’s name Monroe.

Natalie Portman

As an understudy on Broadway, Neta-Lee Hershlag adopted the name Natalie and her grandmother’s maiden name as her last name and became Natalie Portman.

Jackie Chan

The legendary martial artist and actor Jackie Chan’s real name is Chan Kong-sang. He worked as a construction worker in his college years, where he met a man named Jack, who in turn called him little Jack. So little Jack became Jackie Chan.


Did you knowthat India’s national crush, Kiara Advani is not the actress’s real name? Yes, that is her stage name inspired by Priyanka Chopra’s character name in the movie “AnjaanaAnjaani”. Her real name is Alia Advani. She changed her name of Salman Khan’s suggestion that her name can create confusion between Alia Bhatt and her.


The OG Thalaiva, Rajnikanth’s birth name is Shivaji Rao Gaikwad. It is said it was the ace director K. Balachander, who renamed Shivaji to Rajnikanth for his movie “ApoorvaRaagangal”.

So, which one of them surprised you the most?

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