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Try not to panic, but "Emma Stone" is not, in fact, Emma Stone's real name. The La La Land actress' birth certificate actually reads Emily Stone, which isn't a huge departure—but guys: her name change comes with a highly amusing story.
Turns out Emily Stone was "taken" when Emma started acting, and she was faced with the task of having to switch up her moniker.
"For a 16-year-old, picking a new name is an interesting prospect," the actress told W Magazine (opens in new tab). "So, for about six months I was called Riley. I landed a guest spot on Malcolm in the Middle, and one day they were calling, 'Riley! Riley! Riley! We need you on set, Riley!' and I had no idea who they were talking to. At that moment, I realized that I just couldn't be Riley. So I became Emma. But I miss Emily. I would love to get her back."
Speaking of Riley, here she is in Malcolm in the Middle.
Someone please make a petition for Emma Stone to release an album titled "I am...Riley Stone" ASAP, thanks.
Mehera Bonner is a celebrity and entertainment news writer who enjoys Bravo and Antiques Roadshow with equal enthusiasm. She was previously entertainment editor at Marie Claire and has covered pop culture for over a decade.
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