You're Pronouncing These Celebrities' Names Completely Wrong

Published On 09/25/2015 Published On 09/25/2015

Sure, we all had fun laughing at John Travolta for butchering Idina Menzel's name. (And then cringed when he did whatever that was the next year.) But are you really any better? You probably still haven't figured out the name of that little girl from Annie, and are blithely mispronouncing "Ralph Fiennes" in a Harry Potter discussion as we speak. Brush up on the proper phonetics via this guide below. And if you still need help afterwards, consider commissioning a song from Brad Pitt.


Pronunciation: Ree-ANN-ah

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Amanda Seyfried

Pronunciation: uh-MAN-duh SAHY-frid

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Cillian Murphy

Pronunciation: KIH-lee-un MUR-fee

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Kim Basinger

Pronunciation: Kim BAY-sing-ur

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Idris Elba

Pronunciation: IH-driss EL-buh

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Demi Moore

Pronunciation: DEH-mee Mor

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Anna Faris

Pronunciation: AN-uh FAIR-iss

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Quvenzhané Wallis

Pronunciation: kwuh-VEN-jah-nay WALL-lis

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Eva Mendes

Pronunciation: EH-vuh Men-DEZ

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Ralph Fiennes

Pronunciation: Rayf Fynz

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Vera Farmiga

Pronunciation: VEER-ruh Far-MEE-guh

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Chiwetel Ejiofor

Pronunciation: CHOO-eh-tell EJ-ee-o-for

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Nikolaj Coster-Waldau

Pronunciation: Nik-oh-LAHY KOS-ter WAWL-doh

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Charlize Theron

Pronunciation: Shar-LEEZ Ther-IN

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Djimon Hounsou

Pronunciation: JIE-mahn Hahn-SOO

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Rachel Weisz

Pronunciation: REY-chuh-l VICE

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Martin Scorsese

Pronunciation: MAR-tin skor-SEH-see

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Saoirse Ronan

Pronunciation: SEER-shah RO-nuhn

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David Oyelowo

Pronunciation: DEY-vid Oh-YEL-oh-woh

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Joe Manganiello

Pronunciation: Jo Man-GAH-nel-oh

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Famke Janssen

Pronunciation: FAHM-kuh JANT-sun

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Chloe Sevigny

Pronunciation: KLOH-ee SEV-uh-n-ee

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Lupita Nyong’o

Pronunciation: Loo-PEE-tah Nuh-YONG-oh

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Kristin Hunt is a staff writer for Thrillist, and thinks Ralph Fiennes’ parents were just messing with him. Follow her to phonetics at @kristin_hunt.



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