40 Star Names You’re Pronouncing Incorrect

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Some star names are incredibly simple to pronounce (looking at you Ben Stiller). On the other hand, some star names are so complex, we get tongue-tied simply attempting to describe their most current role in a motion picture. Today, we’re setting the record straight. We’re breaking down the phonetic pronunciation of those celebrity names you can’t quite grasp.

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Charlize Theron.

Correction pronunciation: Shar-LEES THAIR-en

Suggestion: More like “lease” and “hair” than “jeez” and “there.”

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Téa Leoni.

Correction pronunciation: Tay-UH Lay-OH-nee

Idea: Believe Lay’s potato chips, instead of Lee’s jeans.

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Amanda Seyfried.

Correction pronunciation: Uh-MAN-duh SIGH-fred

Pointer: It’s simply “sigh” and “fred,” as in the name Fred, and not “say-freed,” as the majority of people state it.

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Lupita Nyong’ o.

Correction pronunciation: LOO-pita Nee-yong-OH

Suggestion: She made a convenient Instagram video to assist us out.

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Idris Elba.

Correction pronunciation: ID-riss El-BAH

Idea: The “id” is short, like in the word, “bid.”

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Rachel Weisz.

Correction pronunciation: Ray-chul Vice

Tip: The “w” is really pronounced like a “v.”

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Barbra Streisand.

Correction pronunciation: Barb-RAH Strei-SAND

Suggestion: More like “sand” in the ocean than “zand.” Naturally, Babs even got Tim Cook to modification Siri’s pronunciation

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Gabourey Sidibe.

Correction pronunciation: GAB-or-ay SIH-dih-bay

Idea: The “be” is really more like the word “play.”

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Martin Scorsese.

Correction pronunciation: Mar-tin Scor-SEH-see

Idea: It’s more like “sessy” and not “say-see,” as it’s usually pronounced.

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Isla Fisher.

Correction pronunciation: EYE-luh FISH-UR

Pointer: It’s kind of like t he word “eye” with “la” at the end.

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Saoirse Ronan.

Correction pronunciation: SUR-sha Ro-nan

Idea: The legend goes that Ryan Gosling described it best, saying it seems like “inertia.”

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Joe Manganiello.

Correction pronunciation: JO Mang-an-nell-OH

Tip: The “i” is quiet, but you must probably simply view him describe how to state it.

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Joaquin Phoenix.

Correction pronunciation: Wah-KEEN FEE-niks

Suggestion: ” Walking,” if you drop the “g” and make “in” more like “een.”

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Demi Moore.

Correction pronunciation: Duh-MEE Mor

Tip: State the word, “duh,” and you’re practically there.

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Ewan McGregor.

Correction pronunciation: YOO– uhn muh-GREH-gur

Idea: It’s not simply Evan with a “w,” it’s more like, “you” and “an.”

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Idina Menzel.

Correction pronunciation: uh-dee-NUH min-zel.

Tip: The only thing you need to focus on is that the “i” is more like a long “uh.”

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Steve Buscemi.

Correction pronunciation: Steev BOO-shay-MEE

Suggestion: There’s no “shem” noise.

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Marion Cotillard.

Correction pronunciation: Mah-ree-AHN Ko-tee-AR

Suggestion: Try including a French accent to actually raise it.

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Correction pronunciation: Ree-AN-uh

Idea: The ending should be pronounced like the name Anna.

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Chloë Sevigny.

Correction pronunciation: KLO-ee SEV-uh-nee

Pointer: The umlaut over the “e” (those 2 little dots) dictates that the last syllable need to rhyme with “see” or “tree.”

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Alicia Vikander.

Correction pronunciation: Ah-liss-ee-ah Vic-and-er

Pointer: The Oscar winner discussed the Americanized variation of her surname to Jimmy Kimmel Warning: The Swedish variation is much harder.

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Ariana Grande.

Correction pronunciation: Are-ee-ana Gran-dee

Suggestion: The vocalist described on Beats 1 radio station that her family pronounces her last name with a difficult “e” at the end. If you’ve been pronouncing it like a Starbucks order, that’s fine too.

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Ralph Fiennes.

Correction pronunciation: Rae-fe Fines

Suggestion: If you’re puzzled by the actor’s Welsh name, attempt pronouncing the very first syllable like “ray,” as in ray of sunlight.

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Milla Jovovich.

Correction pronunciation: Mee-luh Yo-vo-vitch

Idea: Milla rhymes with the popular name Sheila.

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Shia LaBeouf.

Correction pronunciation: Shy-a La-buff

Tip: Disregard the numerous vowels in the star’s surname. All you need to understand is that the French surname rhymes with “tough” and “rough.”

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Correction pronunciation: Shah-DAY

Idea: Although many individuals think the singer’s name is pronounced like shade without the “h,” the very first syllable in fact begins with a “shh” noise and rhymes with “saw.”

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Zooey Deschanel.

Correction pronunciation: ZOH-ee DAY-shuh-nell

Suggestion: Think of her character on New Lady, Jessica Day, for the sound of the very first syllable in her surname.

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Emily Ratajkowski.

Correction pronunciation: Em-uh-lee Rat-uh-cow-ski

Idea: The “j” in Ratajkowski is silent and “kow” is pronounced like “cow.”

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Malin Akerman.

Correction pronunciation: Mahl-in ACK-er-man

Suggestion: Pronounce the very first syllable in her first name like shopping “ shopping center,” not “male” or “mail.”

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