10 Celebrities That Don’t Use Their Real Name

You’d be surprised to see how many actors have changed their name in Hollywood. Similar to writers with pen names, they change it to a stage handle to make it clicks better among their fans and to actually help their career. Sometimes actors will change their last name because it could be used as inappropriate slang, others will do it because it’s hard to say or too close to their national heritage. Some, such as Vin Diesel and Jamie Foxx, look like stage names, but here are some that you may not have realized.

Nicholas Cage

Nicholas didn’t want to always be referred to as the nephew of the famous producer of The Godfather, Francis Ford Coppola. Instead of riding on his coattails, he changed his last name to Cage.

Natalie Portman

Her Hebrew name was Neta-Lee Hershlag. The first name translates to Natalie, but Hershlag stuck around until she became an actor. She changed it to Portman, which was her grandmother’s maiden name.