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11 Celebrity Names You’ve Been Pronouncing Wrongly

It’s Ree-Anna people!

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1. Amanda Seyfried (Pronounced: Sigh-Frid)

According to Seyfried, the worst mispronunciation of her name would have to be ‘say-fried’ or ‘sig-freed’. The Mamma Mia actress told Hollywood Streams that the correct pronunciation is ‘sigh-frid’, despite what her own sister says.

2. Ariana Grande (Pronounced: Gran-Dee)

During an interview with Beats 1’s Ebro Darden, Grande left us shook when she announced her name is actually pronounced Ariana ‘gran-dee’, not ‘grahn-day’. The common way we all say Grande’s last name was established by her own brother, Frankie.

3. Rihanna (Pronounced: Ree-Anna)

The Fenty Beauty owner confirmed in an interview with HLN that the pronunciation of her name is ‘ree-anna’—not ‘ree-AH-na’. Stars including Nicki Minaj, Seth Rogan, Taylor Swift and Joe Jonas are among the many celebrities who have mispronounced the singer’s name.

4. Camila Cabello (Pronounced: Kuh-Bay-Oh)

The “Havana” singer was quick to correct a Capital FM host in an interview when her name was mispronounced. Cabello pronounces her first name’ kam-ee-lah’ and her last name ‘kuh-bay-oh’.

5. Charlize Theron (Pronounced: There-In)

Theron shared that the proper way to pronounce her last name was ‘there-in’ not ‘there-own’ during an appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.

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6. Milo Ventimiglia (Pronounced: Ven-Teh-Meal-Ee-Uh)

The Is Us star has a silent ‘G’ in his name.

7. Chrissy Teigen (Pronounced: Tie-Ghen)

Teigen admitted on Live With Kelly and Ryan that her Norwegian last name is actually pronounced ‘tie-ghen’—not ‘tee-ghen’. Even though Teigen has introduced herself as t’ee-ghen’, her family members told her the proper way to pronounce her last name at home—and in Norway—is ‘tie-ghen’.

8. Emily Ratajkowski (Pronounced: Ratuh-Kow-Skee)

Similar to Ventimiglia, Ratajkowski’s name is simple to pronounce once the silent ‘J’ has been learned.

9. Gal Gadot (Pronounced: Guh-Dote)

Gadot’s original last name was Greenstein, but her parents changed it to Gadot, which means “Riverbank” in Hebrew. During an interview on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Gadot revealed her last name is pronounced ‘guh-dote’.

10. Zendaya (Pronounced: Zen-Day-Uh)

Zendaya expressed in a YouTube video that her name is commonly mispronounced as ‘zen-dye-uh’, when it’s in fact, ‘zen-day-uh’.

11. Jake Gyllenhaal (Pronounced: Yee-Len-Hey-Lo)

Gyllenhaal told Conan O’Brien that his Swedish last name is pronounced ‘yee-len-hey-lo’.

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