There are few things more frustrating than someone mispronouncing your name. But when you’re a celebrity and have to hear it butchered on a daily basis it’s got to irk that much more.
Mock John Travolta all you want but we bet you were way off on some, if not many, of these actors’ names (we were!). So let us help remedy that, shall we?
Famous names you’ve been pronouncing completely wrong
Charlize TheronNope, it doesn't sound like a fancy royal chair. If you ever get the chance and want to truly impress the actress, say her name right. You'll make her day.Getty Images
Chiwetel EjioforThe name is Nigerian; Chiwetel is both a given name and a surname, and Ejiofor is quite popular, like Smith or Jones or Singh. As long as you don't refer to him as a hotel, though, you're good.Getty Images
Ioan GruffuddThe Forever star explains that his name is, essentially, Welsh for John. And his parents are actually Griffiths in the traditional English way, but he claims they decided to make his life hell by Welsh-ing it up. Well done, parentals!Getty Images
Chloe SevignyJust pretend the 'g' isn't there; no need to French-Canadianize it.Getty Images
Ryan PhillippeSorry to sound so pedestrian but there's no need to say his name with a fancy French accent.Getty Images
Djimon HounsouThe Benin native went from model to Oscar nominee, and people still get his name wrong.Getty Images
Joe ManganielloThat "i" in there has really messed people up. No more butchering it, OK?Getty Images
Saoirse RonanThe Irish lass is OK if it's pronounced "SEER-sha" but she pronounces it in a way that rhymes with "inertia." FYI, in Irish, Saoirse means "freedom," her middle name, Úna, means "unity" and her last name means "seal" so she's a free, unified seal.Getty Images
Amanda SeyfriedDon't even think of saying it like Roy's partner. Nobody likes hearing their name mispronounced, but when her own sister says it different, you have to wonder.Getty Images
David OyelowoWho better than to teach you how to properly pronounce the actor's name than Brad Pitt? And what's better? If it's done through song. Getty Images
Cate BlanchettWow, really?? We had no idea.Getty Images
Martin ScorseseFrom his mouth to our ears.Getty Images
Steve BuscemiBuscemi admits that Boo-SHEMI isn't wrong, he just didn't grow up that way. But in Italy, where his family is from, they pronounce it Boo-SHAY-me. So, really, we're all saying it wrong.Getty Images