Why Emma Stone chose ‘Emma’ As Her Stage Name – And What She Was Called Before

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Nothing is quite as it seems in Hollywood. Not even the names of our most famous stars.

Take Emma Stone for example. Her seemingly simple moniker is actually a stage name. She wasn’t allowed to use her real name because another member of the Screen Actors Guild already had it. So for the first six months of her career, she was called ‘Riley Stone’.

“You know, my real name is Emily,” she told W magazine. “But it was taken at SAG. To ask a 16-year-old to pick a new name is really an interesting process, because I was like, ‘I’m going to be Riley. My name is going to be Riley Stone’. And so my name was Riley Stone for about six months and I did a guest spot on Malcolm In The Middle and one day they were like, ‘Riley, Riley,’ and I had no idea who they were talking to and they were like, “Hey, hey come on we need you on set. And I was like, ‘Oh I’m not Riley, I can’t be Riley.'”

Of course, she could have chosen Emily J. Stone, but that sounded a little too familiar.

“I had the option of Emily J. Stone and it’s kind of like Michael J. Fox, and I love Michael J. Fox, but I don’t think I could pull off the J,” she continued.

“I changed it to Emma because you know it’s closer to Emily, but most people call me ‘Em’ that know me well.”

The 28-year-old actress recently won the Best Actress Oscar for her role in La La Land.

Not much can top an Oscar in terms of career, but it seems Emma has set her sights on different goals in the future.

“[I want to] have a family,” she told Sunday People. “It makes me honestly flush because it feels like such a vulnerable thing to say. It’s such a crazy, incredible thing. I mean how wild to have children and a family.”

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