This Is How Emma Stone Picked Her Stage Name

It's quite a sweet story, to be honest.

Emma Stone Stage Name

by Katie Rosseinsky |

If you're an Emma Stone fan (and really, who isn't?), you might already know that the 30-year-old actress was in fact born Emily Jean Stone. You might even have heard her ex-boyfriend Andrew Garfield refer to the Oscar-winning star of La La Land by her real name in interviews.

What you might not be aware of, however, is the reason behind her subtle name change - and the fact that, back in the day, Emma wasn't actually her first choice...

Speaking to W magazine in 2017, the star explained how, aged 16, she learned that another 'Emily Stone' was already registered with the Screen Actors Guild: a contestant on Australia's Next Top Model. So, it was up to the teenager to decide upon a new name for her fledgling career.

'To ask a 16-year-old to pick a new name is an interesting prospect [...] I was like "I'm going to be Riley. My name is going to be Riley Stone,"' she explained.

'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.'

'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."'

Emma Stone Malcolm in the Middle
Emma Stone during her guest spot on Malcolm in the Middle

After her first naming misfire, the actress toyed with the idea of adding an initial to differentiate herself from the 'other' Emily Stone, adding that:

'I had the option of Emily J. Stone and it's kind of like [Back To The Future star] Michael J. Fox, and I love Michael J. Fox, but I don't think I could pull off the J. 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.' Which, we imagine, makes things far easier on a busy film set. But I miss Emily,' she concluded. 'I'd love to get her back.'

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