An A-Z Guide to All the Celebrity Names You Don't Know How to Pronounce
It's a situation that happens far too often: You're having a conversation about a celebrity with your friends, but you're not entirely sure how to pronounce the name.
Let's take Joe Manganiello, for instance. You can either pretend that you can't remember his name and start rattling off identifiers. "He's Sofía Vergara's husband! He was in Magic Mike!" Or, you can take a stab at pronouncing it and risk getting admonished by a major True Blood fan. "It's Manganiello, with a hard 'G.'" You hang your head in shame.
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Even celebrities have a hard time getting it right. Tiffany Haddish made headlines during the Oscar nominations announcement, when she struggled with saying nominees like "David Kaluuya" and "Timothée Chalamet."
That's why we created this handy guide to pronouncing all of those difficult celebrity names. Keep scrolling to learn which letters are silent, which "J"s are actually "Y"s, and how the heck to say "Quvenzhané." You'll never stumble over "Nikolaj Coster-Waldau" again.
You may think this one is a slam dunk, but it's actually "SIGH-fred," not "Say-fried." Listen to her pronounce it in this clip.
Holm's name looks simple, but it's actually pronounced "ON-ders."
There are multiple ways to pronounce "Anna." In Faris's case, it's AH-na, not AN-na.
Theron is no stranger to having you mess up her name. It's "Ther-in," not "Ther-own."
Another name that's not what it seems. Instead of "Seven-yay," say "Seven-e."
David's last name is pronounced "kah-LOO-ya." Someone should tell Tiffany Haddish.
According to the Selma star, the best way to remember the pronunciation of his last name is to say "o-yellow-o."
Contrary to popular belief, it's "Duh-me," not "Deh-mi."
Nope, it's not "Ee-va" but "Ava." Game changer.
According to the Precious star, Gabourey rhimes with Cabaret.
If you listen to Somerhalder introduce himself, the first two syllables in his last name sound like "summer," not "somer."
While it'd be hard to flub Idina's name as badly as John Travolta did, get it right by saying "Uh-Dina" instead "EE-Dina."
This hunk may be smooth but pronouncing his name definitely isn't. Think "Eh-dris" instead of "Ee-dris" and you'll be on the right track.
This one definitely has a silent "J." It's "Wah-keen," not whatever you just mumbled to yourself.
There's no "J" sound in the pronunciation of this name. Listen to Joe say it himself: Say "mang" as in "mango," and then add "anello."
The actress recorded a helpful video to teach us how to say her name with Kenyan, American, and Mexican accents.
To remember how to pronounce this name, think of it as missing an "H." To say it correctly, try "Mar-ish-ka" instead of "Mariska."
This one's a toughy. Wasikowska is pronounced "VAH-shee-KOF-ska."
Yet another "J" that you won't hear in her name. It's pronounced "YOH-ve-vich."
For when you can't just call him Jaime Lannister, don't pronounce the "j." It's "Nee-ko-ly."
Don't take it from me: Repeat after the young Oscar nominee.
This time, a deceiving "W." Rachel's last name is pronounced "Vice."
Call him He Who Must Not Be Named—because everyone is saying it wrong. It's not "Ralph" but "Rafe." Rafe Fines, to be exact.
Ditch the fancy French accent. Ryan's last name is actually pronounced like the named Philip, with a Canadian "eh" at the end.
No, it's not "Boo-skemi" or "Boo-schemi": It's "Boo-semi." Game changer.
In a behind-the-scenes video from 2011, the Twilight star introduces himself as Taylor LAUT-ner, not LOTT-ner. Mind blown.
While his name is written the French way, the Oscar nominee pronounces it "Timothy." As for his last name, it's "SHALL-uh-MAY." Listen to him say it here.
This name is easier to pronounce than we make it. Say it "Zen-DAY-uh," not "Zen-DIE-uh," just like she instructs.
Instead of "ZOH-sha," this name "rhymes with Sasha."