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How Many of These Celebrity Names Have You Been Mispronouncing This Whole Time?

How Many of These Celebrity Names Have You Been Mispronouncing This Whole Time?

Okay guys, it has come to our attention that we have all been mispronouncing several celebrity names wrong. This is embarrassing for us all. We need to fix this!

Yesterday, Chrissy Teigen has made us all aware that we’ve all been saying her name wrong this whole time and she’s just given up trying to correct us!

It’s Chrissy TIE-gen, not TEE-gen!

Second of all, we’ve recently discovered that we’ve done screwed up Ariana Grande’s name as well! Her last name is pronounced Gran-DEE, not Gron-DAY!

This got us thinking, how many other celebrity name pronunciations have we been unintentionally mangling?

As it turns out, a lot of them.

For starters, it isn’t JK ROW-ling, like a growling bear, it is actually JK ROLL-ing, like a rolling ball.


Wonder Woman Gal Gadot’s name is often mispronounced by people assuming that her surname has a silent T.

Guess what? It don’t! Her last name isn’t pronounced Gah-DO, it is correctly pronounced GA-doTT.

Nevermind about the breasts bit, the first few moments of this video explain how Gal’s name is actually pronounced.

Next up, Rihanna!

People might like to add a cultured-sounding AHHH sound in there, but her name is simply Ri-ANNA, as she explains in this quick vid:

These next ones might be pretty common now, but we’ll throw them in anyway – Ralph Fiennes is pronounced RAY-ph, and Thandie Newton is pronounced TAND-y. Good to know, don’t want to sound like a doofus any more than is necessary, right?

Charlize Theron has been waging a war on the mispronunciation of her name for over two decades, and we’re not sure if she’s winning or not but we’ll help her out just the same.

Her surname is pronounced Ther-IN, not Ther-OWN.

This is the reaction of a woman who has lived a lifetime of people getting her name wrong.

Now for some tricky ones.

French ‘Inception‘ actress Marion Cotillard wants you to know that the Ls in her name are silent. Say it after me: Mary-ON Coat-EE-ard

Yay, you got it!

See if you know this one then, smartypants!

Saoirse Ronan, owner of Planet Hollywood’s most confusing name, earned her third Oscar nomination this year for her lead role in ‘Lady Bird’.

Go on, try and say Saoirse. We failed horribly at it, earning this well-timed response:

Her first name is pronounced SUR-sha. Like inertia.

I feel like we’ve all learnt a little something today. Well done, everyone!


Source: Instagram, Twitter and Giphy

Jill Slater

Jill Slater

Jill is a busy wife and mother of four young children. She loves nothing more than making people giggle, and loves to settle in with a glass of wine (or four) and wander about the internet. Feel free to follow her to see all the cool stuff she finds!

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