When you become a household name as a celebrity, the last thing you would want is for everyone to say your name incorrectly.
But sadly, for some of the biggest stars, this is the case. With many of them having unusual pronunciations which they have either left it too late to correct, or are too tired of trying to correct people.
However, a lot of these celebrities have been vocal about their names in the past, and have explained how you should pronounce them if you want to say it properly.
While this will not change the majority of people pronouncing it wrong, it might be worth keeping these names in mind to avoid making things awkward if you ever bump into them.
Find all of the biggest stars whose you have been mispronouncing below.
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Up first we have American model and TV personality Chrissy Teigen. While a lot of people would say her name as “Tee-gen”, she has actually confirmed her name should be pronounced “Tie-Ghen”.
During an appearance on Live With Kelly and Ryan in 2018, the model said it was “her fault” for the mispronunciation, and that she was “tired of correcting people” after 25 years.
While the Donnie Darko and Brokeback Mountain star has a complicated surname as it is, it turns out that even when you think you’re saying it right, you’re actually still getting it wrong.
In an interview with Conan O’Brien in 2012, Jake told the TV host that the actual Swedish pronunciation of his name is “Yee-Len-Hey-Lo”, rather than the anglicised “Jill-en-Hall”. He told the host “only two places that is pronounced correctly, my last name, is in Sweden and in Ikea.”
The pop star’s surname is often said like you are ordering a medium coffee at Starbucks, “Gran-Day”, but the singer has confirmed that this is not the case.
When Ariana was speaking about her engagement to then-fiancé Pete Davidson, she was talking about whether she would take his last name or not with Beat 1’s Ebro Darden.
In the interview, she confirmed that it was actually “Gran-Dee”.
The British actor has openly talked about how often people mess up his name, with the Harry Potter star confirming his name is actually pronounced “Ray-F Fines”, or “Rafe Fines”, rather than pronouncing the ‘L’ in Ralph.
It’s less common that people mispronounce the name in the UK, with “Rafe” being a traditional Old English pronunciation of Ralph, but it still causes enough people to get it wrong for the actor to talk about it.
The actor told The Hollywood Reporter in 2011 that he would never change it, as he was named after his step-grandfather, who pronounced it that way.
The Twilight and Scream Queens star has revealed that his surname is not pronounced “Lort-Ner”, but instead “Lowt-Ner”, rhyming with “out”. He confirmed this while speaking with E! News on their TikTok account in February 2022.
The actress has confirmed that her name is actually pronounced “Uh-Lee-See-Uh”, rather than “A-Lee-Shuh”, on her TikTok.
But don’t worry if you get it wrong, Alicia is not bothered if you do. However, she warned “my sweet mama didn’t like it… so for her… get it right! Ali-SEE-yuh.”
The singer and songwriter has confirmed her name is pronounced “Keh-Sha” after hearing lots of variations over the years. The Tik Tok singer confirmed on her TikTok : “My name is Kesha. Keh-sha, Not Keisha. Not Ketchup. Kesha.”
The Wonder Woman actress has confirmed that her surname is actually pronounced “Guh-Dote” while chatting with American TV host Jimmy Kimmel.
She also confirmed that the name means “Riverbank” in Hebrew, and that her family changed it from “Greenstein” because her parents “felt” it had more oomph.
There will not be many actors out there who have had their names mispronounced more times than Steve Buscemi.
In 2014, the Fargo and Reservoir Dogs star confirmed his last name is pronounced “Boo-Sem-Ee” during a panel for Running Late with Scott Ragowsky.
But if you mess up, don’t worry, as he says he doesn’t “correct people” if they pronounce it “boo-shem-me” as “it’s not wrong.”
Charlize Theron has become a household name after starring in huge films such as Mad Max: Fury Road, Prometheus, and Monster – which she won the Oscar for back in 2004.
But despite this, we’ve all been saying her name wrong.
Speaking with Jimmy Fallon on The Tonight Show in 2014, she confirmed that her surname is actually pronounced “There-In”, explaining that people always “screw it up.”
The Mean Girls and Mamma Mia! star is another household name which most people get wrong.
During an interview with Hollywood Streams, she confirmed that the correct pronunciation of her surname is actually “Sigh-Frid”.
However, she did also admit that her “sister says it differently” than she does.
Another Mean Girls star, Lindsay Lohan set the record straight for us all on her introductory video to TikTok in February 2022.
In the video, she confirmed the correct way to pronounce her surname is “Lo-Wen”, rather than “Lo-Han”.
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