The Real Names Of Your Favorite Stars

....what, did you think that Pitbull, Prince Royce and Bruno Mars were their actual names? 

Countless stars altered their monikers when they made it big. These are the real names of 15 of your favorite Latino celebs: 

1. Bruno Mars

Bruno Mars’ real name is actually Peter Gene Hernandez. The crooner changed his name to avoid being labeled at a Latin artist. “Your last name’s Hernandez, maybe you should do this Latin music, this Spanish music,” he recalled hearing as a teen.

2. Prince Royce

Bachatero Prince Royce is actually named Geoffrey Royce Rojas. He told us that most friends call him Royce – and only his parents call him by his first name.

3. James Roday

Psych star James Roday changed his name from James David Rodriguez on recommendation from network executives at ABC. “It was the late 90s, and the NAACP was really cracking down on the networks for lack of diversity,” he told us. “They had it in their heads that they were going to catch all kinds of fire for casting a white guy with a Latino name and trying to say, ‘Look at us, we’re being diverse.’”

4. Pitbull

Pitbull was born as Armando Christian Perez. He chose his pooch-inspired moniker partially because pit bulls are outlawed in Dade County.  Not only is he the only pit bull with his papers in Miami, but he’s inspired by the dog’s tenacity. “Pit bulls bite to lock,” he said. “The dog is too stupid to lose… They’re basically everything that I am. It’s been a constant fight.”

5. Demi Lovato

Demi Lovato was born Demetria Devonne Lovato, but goes by the super-cute nickname instead. 

6. Michelle Rodriguez

Michelle is actually the middle name of this Fast and Furious star. The Dominican and Puerto Rican actress was born Mayte Michelle Rodriguez.

7. Thalia

Mexican pop star Thalia shortened her name – and we don’t blame her. Her birth certificate reads: Ariadna Thalia Sodi Miranda.

8. Rita Moreno

Acclaimed actress Rita Moreno’s real name is Rosa (Rosita) Dolores Alverío. When she was just 17-years-old, MGM asked her to change her name to the catchier Rita Moreno. “Moreno was my stepfather’s last name,” she said. “And I wasn’t happy about Rita. Although it’s pretty if you pronounce the T. I was in England for a while, and they always called me Ri-ta.”

9. Fergie

Instead of using her first or middle name, Fergie decided to shorten her last name for her on-stage persona. She was born Stacy Ann Ferguson.

10. Taboo

The Black Eyed Peas rapper was born Jaime Luis Gómez. He told Gloss Magazine came from the "taboo" that surrounds people of mixed ethnicity. "Growing up, some thought it was 'taboo' to hang out with people who didn't share the same background, which was crazy to me," he said. "People didn't know whether I was Latino, Native America or black. I refused to conform." 

11. Louis C.K.

The Mexican-American comedian shortened his name from Louis Szekely, because he thought it was too difficult to say. Fun fact: Louis C.K. is the phonetic pronunciation of his real name!

12. Charlie Sheen

Charlie Sheen followed in his father’s footsteps and dropped his Latino name to avoid being stereotypes. He was born Carlos Irwin Estevez, and his father, Martin Sheen, is actually Ramón Antonio Gerardo Estevez.

13. Rita Hayworth

Legendary actress Rita Hayworth was actually of Spanish descent. Her real name was Margarita Carmen Cansino.

14. Raquel Welch

Actress and sex symbol Raquel Welch is actually named Jo Raquel Tejada.

15. Antonio Banderas

Who knew? The Zorro star is actually named Jose Antonio Dominguez Banderas.