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Jennifer Aniston, Nicole Kidman, Maluma, Olivia Wilde and more celebrities who don't use their real names

Jennifer Aniston, Maluma, The Weeknd, Nicole Kidman and more celebrities who shared the origin of their stage names. Find out more here!

Jennifer Aniston's real last name is Anastassakis.
Jennifer Aniston's real last name is Anastassakis.

Jennifer Aniston

Creating a stage name that often has little to do with the original name is a common practice in Hollywood and other territories of fame. Take Jennifer Aniston, for example. Her real last name is Anastassakis but it was not her who changed it but her father, who decided that Aniston was easier for her to develop her career as an actor. The daughter followed the marked path. Jennifer Anastassakis? She would have succeeded just the same!


His real name is Juan Luis Londoño Arias and his stage name is a kind of acronym. Results from the combination of the first syllables of the three most important people for him: his mother (Marlli), his father (Luis) and his sister (Manuela). Ma-Lu-Ma.

Natalie Portman

Natalie Portman has Israeli roots and that’s why her original name is: Neta-Lee Hershlag.

Michael Keaton

Curious is the case of Michael Keaton, whose real name is Michael John Douglas. But of course, when he came to Hollywood there was already a very famous Michael Douglas who had even won an Oscar as a producer. Keeping his original name didn't seem like a viable option.

Nicole Kidman

The whole world was paralyzed when the Australian actress confessed that her real name was Hokulani. She did not leave the confession there, as she also revealed that she is not Australian, but American, since she was born in Hawaii.

Nicole Kidman's real name is Hokulani

The Weeknd

Abel Tesfaye, the person behind The Weeknd, never liked his name, as he has commented in more than one interview. He opted for a nickname based on the weekend he dropped out of school and left home to earn a living in the world of music. He took away the 'e' because in his native Canada there was already a band called The Weekend.

Olivia Wilde

Olivia Wilde's real name is Olivia Jane Cockburn but with a family full of writers and journalists, the actress did not hesitate to pay tribute to her favorite writer, Oscar Wilde.

Joaquin Phoenix

Few people know that his real name is Joaquín Rafael Bottom. It was his own parents, after leaving a hippy-destructive sect, who decided to change the family name. They chose Phoenix as a symbol of rebirth as a family, just like the mythological bird.


Paul David Hewson is the real name of the leader of U2. The nickname with which he has become a legend was given to him by Gavin Friday, a friend, who was inspired by Latin: Bono Vox (Good Voice), which was also the name of a hearing aid store in Dublin, located near where they lived as children.

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