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

You and I know her as Emma Stone. But that’s not the name on the actress’ birth certificate.

And it’s not the name she wants either.

In an interview with W magazine, the 28-year-old revealed that, like many Hollywood hopefuls, she was forced to change her name by the Screen Actor’s Guild.

See, no two actors on the SAG register can share a name, and some other thespian had beaten her to it.

That name… was Emily Stone.

“Well, I was 16 when I found out at SAG I couldn’t have my own name,” she said. “So to ask a 16-year-old to pick a new name is really an interesting process, because I was like, ‘I’m going to be Riley. My name is going to be Riley Stone.'”

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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.”

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Emma Stone. If that IS her real name. Image: Getty.
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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 2015 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.