Actor Emma Stone says she wants to be known by her real name

Emma Stone has said she would like to be addressed by her real name: Emily.

The La La Land star revealed she prefers her birth name over her stage name during an interview with industry publication the Hollywood Reporter.

“I would like to be Emily,” she said while sitting beside her Curse co-star Nathan Fielder.

Stone, 35, explained she originally decided to go by “Emma Stone” because another actor who was also in US actors’ union SAG-AFTRA had already taken the name Emily Stone, reported the New York Post’s Page Six section.

“Then I freaked out a couple of years ago. For some reason, I was like, ‘I can’t do it anymore. Just call me Emily,’” she continued.

The actor claimed that people she knows and works with call her by her given name.

“Nathan calls me Em, which is easier,” she added.

However, if a fan were to approach the star, who recently won an Oscar for Poor Things and acknowledged her as Emma, she wouldn’t correct them.

Several fans praised Stone for reverting back to her real name, with one writing on X/Twitter, “Good for Emily Stone to ask fans to call her by her real name! Sad that her profession required a unique name”.

“I’m calling you Emily from now on,” another wrote.

Ahead of her acting career, there was a time when Stone didn’t mind being called Emma out of her fascination for Spice Girls’ Emma Lee Bunton aka “Baby Spice”.

“Growing up, I was super blonde, and my real name is Emily, but I wanted to be called Emma because of Baby Spice and guess what? Now I am,” she said during an episode of US chat show The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon in 2018.

“It wasn’t necessarily because of her but yes, in second grade, did I go up to the teacher on the first day and ask her to call me Emma? Yes, I did,” the two-time Oscar winner added.

This story appeared in the New York Post and is reproduced with permission.

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