Not all celebrities opt for stage names that differ dramatically from their real names. Some make teeny tiny but effective changes. Jason Derulo is one such. The artist is known for frequently uttering his name in songs, which makes it even more interesting given his real last name is Desrouleaux.
The only difference is in the spelling but otherwise, Derulo and Desrouleaux sound the same when pronounced. Interestingly, his stage name is also his son’s legal name. This revelation has recently caught the attention of some fans who made a beeline to his Wikipedia page. No surprise that this information has been under our noses all along! Delighted fans who are just now discovering Desrouleaux have compared it to a Harry Potter spell.
Andrew Lincoln / Andrew Clutterbuck
Andrew Lincoln is today synonymous with "The Walking Dead." No other actor could have done justice to Rick Grimes on the show. But the Andrew Lincoln we know and love today was called something entirely different years before. His real name is, wait for it, Andrew James Clutterbuck.
He used the name Clutterbuck until high school. He joined the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art Drama School soon after finishing school. During this time, he switched to the stage name Andrew Lincoln. He thought Clutterbuck sounded old-fashioned and stuffy – like a down-and-out character from the novel "Hard Times" by Charles Dickens.
Lucy Hale / Karen Hale
Most of us know Lucy Hale as Aria Montgomery – a teenage girl tormented by a stalker in “Pretty Little Liars.” But an interview on "The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon" revealed an open but rather well-kept secret. Lucy isn’t her first name. She was born and raised Karen Lucille Hale.
The actor revealed Karen is her first name but she’s always gone by Lucy since she was a baby. Her full name reflects her true-blue Tennessee roots. Why Karen Lucille? Lucy says it was probably a Southern thing where mothers aim to please all the women in the family. Baby names can be a big deal where she’s from. Karen Lucille doesn’t leave anyone out.
Lily James / Lily Thomson
Lily James was born Lily Chloe Ninette Thomson and went by the name for most of her life. Unlike other stories, the choice of stage name later on in her career was for deeply personal reasons. Her father James Thomson succumbed to cancer during the early 2000s. The loss shattered her since the two were close.
They shared mutual respect and admiration for each other. Most of all, an intense love for film was the glue that held it all together. It was her father's sense of humor that inspired Lily to explore more comedic roles. She decided to become Lily James instead of Lily Thompson in his memory.
Michael Caine / Maurice Micklewhite Jr.
Some fans might remember Michael Caine from classics like "Alfie," and "Get Carter." Younger generations know and adore him as Alfred in Christopher Nolan's "Batman" series among others. The actor’s real name is actually Maurice Joseph Micklewhite, but he had to change it since another actor had the same name in London's West End.
The name "Caine" came to him when he saw a poster for "The Caine Mutiny," a film starring Humphrey Bogart. He didn't fully use the name Michael Caine in his everyday life until 2016 when increased airport security checks had become the norm due to the ISIS threat. His passport still showed a different name even though he was known as Michael Caine. He then officially embraced the name Michael Caine to avoid the airport hassle.