Celebrity Names You’re Probably Mispronouncing

We’re far from the days of Cary Grant and Lana Turner.  Celebrity names are a lot harder to pronounce these days.  And in many cases, you might be doing it wrong.  Here are some examples:

1.  Matthew McConaughey:  You probably pronounce it with an “ee” at the end, but it’s actually muh-KAH-nuh-HAY.

2.  Brendan Fraser:  It rhymes with “razor”, so, FRAY-zer.

3.  Domhnall Gleeson:  It’s DOH-nal, it rhymes with “tonal”.

4.  Thandiwe Newton:  For years, people misspelled her name as “Thandie”, and she let it go.  But it’s really pronounced tan-DEE-way.

5.  “Cobra Kai” star Xolo Maridueña:  You are forgiven for not being able to figure this one out.  It’s SHOH-loh mah-ree-DWEN-yah.

6.  Mads Mikkelson:  The “d” in his first name is actually silent, so it’s Mass MICK-el-son.

7.  Saoirse Ronan:  SUR-shuh RO-nan.  Her first name rhymes with “inertia”.

8.  Steve Buscemi:  Steve has actually been known to pronounce his last name boo-SEM-ee.  But the proper Italian pronunciation is boo-SHAY-me.

9.  Jake Gyllenhaal:  Yes, we all say “JILL-in-hall”.  But it’s Swedish, so it should be pronounced YEEL-en-HAUL.  Jake says, “The only two places [it’s] pronounced correctly, is in Sweden and in IKEA.

10.  Timothée Chalamet:  The proper French pronunciation is TEE-moh-tay SHAL-uh-may.

Check out more here, along with videos of the stars themselves pronouncing their names correctly.

(I’m adding this one, because EVERYBODY gets it wrong:  Rihanna is pronounced ri-ANNE-uh.  Don’t believe me?  Believe this.  Although she does say she doesn’t care if you pronounce it ri-AH-nuh.)