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Here Are The Celebrity Names You’re Totally Mispronouncing

From Khloé Kardashian and Zendaya to Timothée Chalamet and Chrissy Teigen, here are the names you’ve been getting wrong.

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Ariana Grande

Pronounced: Ari-ah-nuh Gran-dee

In a Beats 1 interview, the pop star revealed that her grandfather pronounced their last name with an “ee” sound, but her brother changed it back to the Italian version.

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Zendaya

Pronounced: Zen-day-uh

After hearing her name in a video by internet personality Gabriel Gundacker, the Euphoria star took to Twitter to confirm that, yes, it’s pronounced “Zen-day-uh” and not “Zen-die-uh.”

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Timothée Chalamet

Pronounced: Tim-o-tay Shal-uh-may

In an interview for VMan Magazine, the Call Me By Your Name actor revealed the real pronunciation of his name, adding: “But I can’t ask people to call me that; it just seems really pretentious.”

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Chrissy Teigen

Pronounced: Kris-ee Tie-gen

In 2018, the Cravings cookbook author revealed on social media that we’ve all been saying her name incorrectly, but she gave up on correcting people “a long time ago.”

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Khloé Kardashian

Pronounced: Klo-ay Kar-dash-ee-an

During an interview on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Andy Cohen revealed that the accent on Khloé’s name is actually there for a reason.

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Rihanna

Pronounced: Ree-an-nuh

The “Work” singer has been trying to tell us for years that “Ree-ah-nuh” is incorrect. Need proof? Just listen to her say her name in this video for British Vogue.

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Gal Gadot

Pronounced: Gal Guh-dote

While many people assume that the “t” in the Wonder Woman star’s last name is silent, it’s worth noting that she’s not French, so make sure you’re not leaving it out entirely.

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Daniel Kaluuya

Pronounced: Dan-ee-el Kuh-loo-yuh

Even the Get Out star is shocked that some people have learned to correctly pronounce his name. In 2018, the actor told GQ, “People started knowing how to pronounce my surname. Like, how has that happened?”

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Saoirse Ronan

Pronounced: Sur-sha Ro-nan

The Little Women actor made it easy for people when she wore a sign around her neck on The Ellen DeGeneres Show that said, “Hello, my name is Sur-sha.”

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Lupita Nyong’o

Pronounced: Loo-peet-uh Nee-yong-oh

If you’re unsure how to pronounce the Black Panther star’s name, worry not. She revealed the correct pronunciation in an Instagram video from 2014.

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Charlize Theron

Pronounced: Shar-lees Throne

After years of people debating if her last name was pronounced “there-in,” “thur-own,” or otherwise, the actor set the record straight on The One Show when she said it’s pronounced “Throne” with a slight roll of the “r.”

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Milo Ventimiglia

Pronounced: My-lo Ven-te-meel-ee-uh

If you think the This Is Us star’s surname is hard to pronounce, it’s apparently even more difficult to write. In 2017, his castmates tried to spell out his name, and let’s just say some of them had a really tough time.

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Emily Ratajkowski

Pronounced: Em-uh-lee Rat-uh-kow-ski

We know you probably want to pronounce the “j” in the model’s name, but try to hold back. It’s silent.

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Camila Cabello

Pronounced: Kuh-mee-luh Kuh-bay-oh

After she was incorrectly introduced as "Cam-ee-ya Cab-eye-o” in a 2017 interview with Capital FM, the “Havana” singer set the record straight.

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Jake Gyllenhaal

Pronounced: Jake Yil-en-hoo-luh-hay

While it’s true that the Americanized version of the actor's last name is pronounced “Jill-in-hall,” he said in an interview with Conan O’Brien that the Swedish pronunciation is actually very different.

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Cara Delevingne

Pronounced: Cah-ruh Del-uh-veen

Can’t pronounce the model’s name? Reese Witherspoon can’t either. “I love you Cara, but if you force me to say your last name, I'll be f*cked,” the Big Little Lies star said in a video from the 2014 Met Gala.

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