Some actors take stage names because they don’t like their real names, but Emma Stone chose hers because she didn’t really have a choice. When she registered with the Screen Actors Guild at age 16, another actress was already using her real name, Emily Stone, so she had to pick another one. Emma told W Magazine she had the option of going with Emily J. Stone, but she didn’t think she could “pull off the J” as well as someone like Michael J. Fox.
At first, she signed up with SAG under the name Riley Stone, but after using it for about six months, it still didn’t feel right. She describes how she wouldn’t respond when people called her new name on set because she didn’t realize they were talking to her. “So then I changed it to Emma because you know it’s closer to Emily, but most people call me ‘M,’ that know me well.”
Next month, Stone may have yet another way to describe herself: Academy Award winner. She is a contender for the Best Actress Oscar for her performance in La La Land, but told Rolling Stone, “I’m trying not to think about that. I just focus on what I’ve got to do at any one moment, and don’t necessarily think about where it’s all leading.“
If you haven’t seen La La Land, read all about it here.