That’s really why Jamie Foxx changed his name

There’s no doubt that when Jamie Foxx walks into a room, all eyes are on him. Much has been said of his charisma and undeniable charm. In fact, he was dubbed the real Prince Charming while attending a “Cinderella Ball” at the National Capital Arena in 2018, according to The Washington Post. Despite this, Foxx has always remained rather humble about his career and success. In an interview with Men’s Journal, he admitted that he hadn’t gotten this far in life without years of hard work. Foxx said: “People can become anything. I come from a small town of 12,000 in Terrell, Texas. Everything is possible.”

But what some of his fans don’t know is that the same Texas boy who became a big Hollywood star didn’t start out with his name Jamie Foxx. In fact, Foxx’s real name isn’t what you’d expect at all.

Jamie Foxx changed his name to help his career

His fans may know him as Jamie Foxx, but the Oscar-winning actor was actually Eric Marlon Bishop. Raised primarily by his maternal grandparents, Foxx had a happy and healthy childhood for the most part. However, during an interview on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert,” Foxx told the host that he eventually noticed that more women were getting stage time at stand-up gigs. That’s when he came up with the idea of ​​choosing a neutral name, hoping that it would finally grab the spotlight as well, as female comics would always get a place on the stage before him. He chose the names “Jamie” and “Foxx” because Redd Foxx was his favorite stand-up comedian, Independent.

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During an interview with Oprah Winfrey, Foxx admitted that he sometimes works with two different roles — his real name and his Hollywood name. He said: “Having a stage name is like having a Superman complex. I go into the phone booth as Eric Bishop and come out as Jamie Foxx.” Needless to say, the name change certainly helped make Foxx the household name he is today. But that’s not the only time being “Jamie Foxx” has helped the actor and comedian land his gigs.

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Being Eric Bishop made him the man he is, but being Jamie Foxx opened up some great opportunities for him in the entertainment industry. During his interview with Oprah Winfrey, Foxx said he first came up with his stage name while trying to think of something clever to add to his stand-up routines in his early days in Los Angeles. Recalling trying to come up with names for himself and his partner Speedy Caldwell, Foxx said: “One night I wrote us down as Stacy Green and Jamie Foxx because it sounded like women’s names and we were chosen. When you hear the name Foxx — like in Redd Foxx — you automatically think weird.” The name change certainly worked, as Foxx has appeared in big blockbuster hits like Collateral, Ray, Django Unchained, Dreamgirls and many more starred IMDb.

That being said, it doesn’t seem to really matter if his name is Eric Bishop or Jamie Foxx, because one thing’s for sure: this young boy from Terrell, Texas makes everyone laugh, both on and off screen, and not a ton of name changes will change that.

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