For whatever reason, many famous people choose to adopt a "second self," or alter ego. Several celebrities have adopted alter egos, like musicians who develop alter egos as a way to push themselves creatively or break into a new genre, or comedians who use them as a way to go unrecognized. Most celebrities have one, or maybe two alter egos, but one as 15! Which famous people have an alter ego?
Comedian Sacha Baron Cohen has several hilarious alter egos, including Ali G, Borat, Bruno, and Admiral General Haffaz Aladee,n who have all been featured on film and on TV. He uses his funny alter egos for comedic purposes and even appeared at the Oscars as his Aladeen alter ego. Female pop stars like Beyonce and and Katy Perry often perform as their alter egos, Sasha Fierce and Kathy Beth Terry. Other singers and actors who have alternate personalities include Miley Cyrus and Jennifer Lopez.
What do you think are the benefits of an alter ego? Why would a celebrity adopt several different names? Share your thoughts in the comments section.
Katy Perry introduced her nerdy alter-ego Kathy Beth Terry in her video for “Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)."
Birthplace: Santa Barbara, California, United States of America
Profession: Businessperson, Musician, Singer-songwriter, Actor, Music artist, + more
Credits: The Interview, Katy Perry: Part of Me, The Ugly Truth, Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted
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Justin Bieber has a glasses wearing rapper alter ego Shawty Mane.
Birthplace: London, Canada
Profession: Record producer, Musician, Singer-songwriter, Actor, Singer, + more
Credits: Justine Bieber: Never Say never, Justine Bieber's Believe, The Karate Kid, Step Up revolution
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In 2009, Jennifer Lopez, AKA J Lo, introduced her mysterious new alter ego Lola.
Birthplace: Castle Hill, New York City, New York, United States of America
Profession: Film Score Composer, Fashion designer, Record producer, Businessperson, Songwriter, + more
Credits: Out of Sight, Maid in Manhattan, Monster-in-Law, American Idol
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Will Smith first rose to stardom in the late-80s as his alter ego The Fresh Prince. He was so successful that he made the jump from rapping to acting with his hit sitcom The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. He switched back to Will Smith as he started his film career.
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America
Profession: Record producer, Rapper, Television producer, Film Producer, Screenwriter, + more
Credits: Men in Black, I Am Legend, I, Robot, The Pursuit of Happyness
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