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Why Emma Stone Picked ‘Emma’ As Her Stage Name And What She Almost Went For

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Emma Stone at just 16-years-old was told by the Screen Actor’s Guild she wasn’t allowed to use her real name. It may seem inconceivable now, but she didn’t always go by the name.

Emma, real name Emily Scott, was told if she really wanted to be an actress she’d have to change it – a practice that’s not that uncommon in Hollywood if you want to make it big: “You know, my real name is Emily. But it was taken at SAG,” she told W magazine in a recent interview.

Surely the Emily Scott they had in mind wasn’t the model, DJ and presenter?

Emma was only 16 so began playing around with other monikers: 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”, she said.

“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.”

So Riley, or Emily J. Stone, became the Emma we all know and love.

Wondering the reason why she chose Emma? here:

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

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