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Why do some celebrities change their names or take a stage name before starting out in Hollywood? Do agents or studios ever encourage someone to take a stage name?
You may assume that some woman out there did not voluntarily name her child Blake Lively. She did. Real name. So is Vanessa Hudgens; found that out from an agent whose wife used to rep her. Now, Zac Efron, that HAS to be a stage name, right? Hunh. No. Real name.
My point: Stars change their names less often than you might think. For every Carmen Electra, who dropped her birth name of Tara Leigh Patrick at the behest of mentor Prince (yes, really), there's a Lindsay Lohan, who changed nothing much at all. Yes, to answer your question, agents say there are cases of reps imposing fake names on talent. But most of the time when names get changed, the catalysts are...