Emma Stone Discusses Her Professional Name and Identity

Emma Stone, the renowned Oscar-winning actress, has had a complex relationship with her professional name.

by Faruk Imamovic
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Emma Stone Discusses Her Professional Name and Identity
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Emma Stone, the renowned Oscar-winning actress, has had a complex relationship with her professional name. Originally born Emily Stone, she was forced to adopt "Emma" as her stage name due to another actress already being registered under her birth name with the Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA).

This change, although seemingly minor, sparked a significant internal struggle for Stone over the years. In a candid interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Stone shared her feelings about the name she chose as a young actress.

"It’s just because my name was taken [by another actress in SAG]," she explained, highlighting the practical reasons behind her decision. The name Emma was not just a random choice; it was one she had affection for growing up, partly inspired by Emma Bunton of the Spice Girls, whom she adored.

However, despite the professional necessity and her initial fondness for the name, Stone revealed a longing for her original identity. "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 recounted. This moment of identity crisis underscores the often overlooked personal challenges faced by public figures in maintaining a connection to their private selves amidst their public personas.

Balancing Personal Identity with Public Persona

During a joint interview with Nathan Fielder, who co-stars with Stone in "The Curse," the topic of her name came to the forefront again. Fielder, highlighting the duality of her identity, mentioned, "Her name’s Emily, but she goes by Emma professionally.

So, when there’s people that don’t know her, I end up saying Emma. But I’m going to just say Emily from here on." Stone responded lightheartedly, indicating her flexibility with what she’s called, reflecting her attempt to bridge her personal and professional worlds.

Moreover, Stone humorously shared that she refers to Fielder as "Big Nate," a nickname he enjoys among close friends, adding a personal touch to their professional interaction. This exchange not only lightens the conversation but also illustrates how nicknames can serve as intimate bonds between individuals.

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