Celebrity Names You’ve Been Saying Wrong This Whole Time.
There was a time when the Screen Actors Guild would encourage celebrities with peculiar names to make them more mainstream. For example, if you had a super Italian name, perhaps it would be in your best interest to change your name to something more "all-American," sounding. Like, you know, John Smith.
Now, Hollywood is a little different. Being diverse and unusual is seen as an asset as opposed to a hindrance, and so if your name is slightly different from the norm, all the better for your career. But having an unusual name is also a bit difficult when your name is splashed all over paper, magazines, and the internet: Some people just can't figure out how to pronounce it.
Below are 15 celebrities with strange and unusual names (and some that are fairly simple, but you're just mispronouncing them). Odds are, you've been saying at least half of these the wrong way. Don't worry: We've got the truth all sorted out for you.
#1. Cara Delevingne
Admittedly, this model/actress' last name has some questionable spelling, and it's difficult to figure out how to say it. Never fear, we've got it all figured out.
Here's how you say it: Care-uh Del-a-veen
Here's how you're supposed to say it: Car-uh Della-veene
When in doubt, just say her name with a British accent.
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#2. Jake Gyllenhaal
Okay, this one is going to mess with your mind. In fact, you'll be more blown away than if you actually saw Jake's handsome face in person.
Here's how you say it: Jake Gill-en-hall
Here's how you're supposed to say it: Jake YEE-len-haul
Yeah. We're freaked out about it, too.
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#3. Amanda Seyfried
Some names just make no sense at all, and this young star's name is one of them. Don't worry, we've got you covered.
Here's how you say it: Amanda Say-fried
Here's how you're supposed to say it: Amanda Sigh-fred
It makes no sense, but you can't argue with the truth.
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#4. Charlize Theron
She's a massive movie star with a mysterious private life (Remember when she ghosted Sean Penn?), and her name is just as big of a mystery, isn't it?
Here's how you say it: Char-leeze Thuh-ron
Here's how you're supposed to say it: Shar-leeze There-in
Maybe Sean Penn never figured it out?
#5. Joe Manganiello
We get it: There's just no way to figure out how to say this man's name when you're so distracted by how good he looks. However, you might want to learn just in case you ever come across him IRL and manage to contain yourself.
Here's how you say it: Joe Man-ga-nell-o
Here's how you're supposed to say it: Joe Man-GUH-nello
Who cares: Whatever his name is, he's still hot.
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