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    22 Celebrities You Probably Didn’t Realize Use Stage Names And The Interesting Stories Behind Them

    What's in a name?

    A lot of celebrities pursue their careers under pretty obvious stage names, like the Weeknd and Awkwafina. However, sometimes they choose stage names that sound as if they could be their actual names.

    Here are 22 celebs you probably didn't realize use stage names:

    1. Olivia Wilde's real name is Olivia Jane Cockburn.

    Actor who played Remy "Thirteen" Hadley on "House"

    2. Zayn's given name is Zain Javadd Malik.

    Zayn standing holding on to the microphone

    3. Brie Larson is actually Brianne Sidonie Desaulniers.

    Actor who played Carol Danvers in "Captain Marvel"

    4. Emma Stone is actually Emily Jean Stone.

    Actor who played Mia in "La La Land"

    5. Nicki Minaj's real name is Onika Tanya Maraj.

    Nicki with long, straight, pink hair and a pink sleeveless outfit, looking at the camera

    6. Reese Witherspoon is actually Laura Jean Reese Witherspoon.

    Actor who played Elle Woods in "Legally Blonde"

    7. Drake's real name is Aubrey Drake Graham.

    "Hot Line Bling" singer onstage

    8. Nina Dobrev's real name is Nikolina Kamenova Dobreva.

    Actor who played Elena Gilbert on "The Vampire Diaries"

    9. David Tennant was originally David John McDonald.

    Actor who played the Tenth Doctor on "Doctor Who"

    10. Jamie Foxx's real name is Eric Marlon Bishop.

    The comedian in a wide-brimmed hat

    11. Bob Dylan's given name is Robert Allen Zimmerman.

    "End of the Line" singer

    12. Michael Keaton is actually Michael John Douglas.

    Michael in a bow tie

    13. Katy Perry's given name is Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson.

    Katy in a sparkly outfit and smiling

    14. Alice Cooper's given name is Vincent Damon Furnier.

    Alice Cooper onstage with bright lights behind him

    15. Natalie Portman's given name is Neta-Lee Hershlag.

    Natalie smiling at the camera, wearing a floral outfit

    16. David Bowie's given name was David Robert Jones.

    "Under Pressure" singer playing a guitar

    17. Miley Cyrus was originally Destiny Hope Cyrus.

    "Malibu" singer

    18. Meg Ryan's real name is Margaret Mary Emily Anne Hyra.

    Actor who played Carole Bradshaw in "Top Gun"

    19. Diane Keaton is actually Diane Hall.

    Actor who played Annie Paradis in "The First Wives Club"

    20. Alicia Keys is actually Alicia Augello Cook.

    "My Boo" singer wearing large hoop earrings

    21. Sir Elton John's given name is Reginald Kenneth Dwight.

    "Rocket Man" singer at the piano

    22. And finally, Travis Scott's real name is Jacques Bermon Webster II.

    "Sicko Mode" rapper