Emma Stone misses her real name. In fact, she wants it back.

As cool as it sounded, that name only lasted about six months.

“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,'” she said.

“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”.

And so Emma Stone is the name that’s been on the billing for box office hits like Easy A, The Amazing Spider Man and Crazy, Stupid Love, the name that was on the nomination ballot for a 2024 Academy Award.

Still, the actress tells W she misses good ol’ Emily: “I would love to get her back.”

Turns out, though, there was one way she could have hung on to her beloved birth name.

“I had the option of Emily J. Stone and it’s kind of like Michael J. Fox, and I love Michael J. Fox,” she said, “but I don’t think I could pull off the J.”

I think we all know that’s not true.

This article was originally published on January 5, 2017 and has since been updated with new information.

Feature image: Getty. 

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