The line between truth and fiction can be blurry when it comes to Lana Del Rey. Stories about the singer (bordering on myth) tend to gain more traction than who she really is. But there are some undeniable facts about Lana Del Rey, such as her real name – Elizabeth Woolridge Grant or Lizzy Grant if you were feeling casual.
It’s a far cry from the mysterious and enigmatic persona she’s been able to craft today. The singer went through several stage names before settling on Lana Del Rey. Mary Jailer. Sparkle Jump Rope. We don’t know about you but we’re glad those days and names are behind her. She allegedly zeroed in on her current name after deciding she wanted something exotic that reminded her of the seaside.
Emma Stone / Emily Stone
True-blue Emma Stone fans already know that she was born Emily Jean Stone. The name change might be subtle but there was plenty of back and forth before she arrived at it. Stone explained in an interview that she ended up adopting the name Emma since another SAG member had the same birth name.
She first went with Riley Stone, only to realize that when people began calling her Riley on set, she had no idea who they were referring to! The actor even contemplated using Emily J. Stone because it sounded cool, a-la Michael J. Fox. But could she pull it off? She didn’t think so and decided to go with Emma, because it was the closest to Emily.
Reese Witherspoon / Laura Jeanne Reese Witherspoon
Reese Witherspoon was actually born Laura Jeanne Witherspoon. Did the name Reese originate out of the blue? Not really. The actor has shared that her mother’s maiden name is Reese. She preferred the name Reese over Laura or Jeanne. Adopting the name Reese was also a way to always honor her mother and keep her close.
We're not sure when she started using the name officially. But she did appear as Reese Witherspoon at the wee age of 14 in her first film “The Man in the Moon” (1991). The technicalities cease to matter really. She will always be Reese Witherspoon, infinitely loved by her fans.
Frank Ocean / Christopher Edwin Breaux
Frank Ocean isn’t just a musician but a storyteller bar none. Few artists can weave narratives into their music like he does. Where does he get the gift? The man has innate talent, that’s for sure. But a lot of it has to do with the artist before “Frank Ocean,” back when he was known as Christopher Edwin Breaux. He grew up in New Orleans and witnessed the full onslaught of Hurricane Katrina in 2005.
Katrina was devastating but the storm left a crop of new, deeper-thinking musicians in its wake. Breaux found success as a songwriter who went by the name Lenny Breaux. But his life changed in 2010 when he met Tyler Okonma and Odd Future. Frank Ocean, the artist we know and love, was born during this time. He’s even changed his name to Frank Ocean legally.
Tina Fey / Elizabeth Stamatina Fey
Raise your hand if watching Liz Lemon from “30 Rock” has turned around a bad day, week, or month at some point in your life. The world is forever thankful to Tina Fey for all the laughs. She made history as the first woman lead writer for "Saturday Night Live" and transitioned to a role in front of the camera as the anchor for “Weekend Update."
A little-known fact about her is that her real name is Elizabeth. Elizabeth Stamatina Fey. Stamatina has Greek origins from her mother’s side and would inspire the moniker “Tina” which would make her a household name. The actor has always gone by the name Tina since elementary school.