Fans Are Just Discovering Reese Witherspoon’s Real Name

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Reese Witherspoon recently revealed her birth name, surprising many, including her co-stars.

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Celebrities often adopt different names for various reasons, such as enhancing their marketability or complying with union rules. For instance, unions like SAG-AFTRA and Equity prohibit two members from having the same name, creating challenges for newcomers who discover their name is already taken. This leaves them with the option to either wait for the name to become available or choose a new one.

This week, fans were left in disbelief after learning that Reese Witherspoon isn’t the actress’s original name. The revelation emerged during a Vanity Fair interview with her Big Little Lies co-star, Nicole Kidman. Even Kidman, a longtime friend, was surprised by the news. She remarked, “I hate how you call her Dern,” referring to their co-star Laura Dern. “It sounds so weird. I always say ‘Laura,’ and you always respond with ‘No, Dern, Dern,’ and I can’t help but wonder, ‘Why?'”

Reese clarified the nickname confusion by explaining, “Cause my name is Laura, and her name’s Laura, and it’s confusing to me.”

The acclaimed actress, known for her roles in Legally Blonde and Big Little Lies, was born Laura Jeanne Reese Witherspoon. Despite this revelation, Reese’s fans were stunned, and social media quickly buzzed with reactions.

One fan asked, “Reese Witherspoon’s real name is Laura, but does she look like a Reese, or do we think that because she told us her name is Reese?” Another chimed in, “Reese Witherspoon’s real name is Laura Jeanne, and I feel deceived.”

A third person wrote, “Finding out Reese Witherspoon’s real name is Laura Jeanne makes sense. She’s very Laura Jeanne coded.”

A fourth individual remarked, “I just discovered today that Reese Witherspoon’s real name is Laura Jeanne.”

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Other celebrities who go by different names include Emma Stone, who was born Emily, Rihanna, whose birth name is Robyn Fenty, and Lady Gaga, originally Stefani Germanotta.

Source: Vt

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