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Some names are easy to pronounce, and some just aren’t. There are certain celebrity names we get wrong all of the time, and we’re here to put an end to it. Here are 21 celeb names we pronounce wrong all of the time.

Quvenzhane Wallis

"Annie" Photocall

You might say: Qua-ven-zhane

But it’s really: Qua-VARN-zhane

Sidney Poitier

YWCA Greater Los Angeles Rhapsody Ball Honoring Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs

You might say: Port-ee-ay

But it’s really: Pwat-ee-ay


Christian Dior Cruise 2015 Show - Runway

You might say: Ree-ah-na

But it’s really: Ree-anna

Djimon Hounsou

"How To Train Your Dragon 2" Press Conference

You might say: Di-ji-mahn Hoonsoo

But it’s really: Ji-mon Hahn-soo

Giancarlo Esposito

"Hears and Homes For Youth" Benefit

You might say: Juan-carlo

But it’s really: Gee-ahn-carlo

Carmen Ejogo


You might say: Nope

But it’s really: E-joe-go

Thandie Newton

Bella Freud Parfum Fragrance Launch

You might say: Th-andy

But it’s really: Tandy

Idris Elba

The Weinstein Company's 2014 Golden Globe Awards After Party - Arrivals

You might say: Ee-dris or Ee-drees or Ih-dris -dris

But it’s really: Eh-dris

Dulé Hill

St. Jude Benefit At Vdara Las Vegas

You might say: Dool

But it’s really: Doo-lay

Dr. Seuss

Dr. Suess In-Store Appearance

You might say: Soos

But it’s really: Soy-ce (I know, right?)

Alek Wek

Keep A Child Alive's 11th Annual Black Ball - Arrivals

You might say: Al-ek

But it’s really: Uh-lek

Catherine Zeta-Jones

"And So It Goes" Premiere - Arrivals

You might say: Zee-tah

But it’s really: Zay-tah

Chiwetel Ejifor

Celebrities Visit Broadway - October 7, 2014

You might say: Pass

But it’s really: Choo-ee-tell Edge-ee-oh-for

David Oyelowo


You might say: Not even gonna go there

But it’s really: Oh-yellow

Charlize Theron

UNAIDS Launches New Fast Track Report Ahead Of World AIDS Day 2014

You might say: Th-err-on or Th-er-own

But it’s really: Thrown


Lupita Nyong’o

2014 Glamour Women Of The Year Awards

You might say: Knee-on-go

But it’s really: En-yawn-go

Gabourey Sidibe


You might say: Sid-ih-bay

But it’s really: Si-DIH-bay

Gugu Mbatha-Raw

106 & Park Live

You might say: Try again

But it’s really: Em-bat-ah

Martin Scorsese

"The 50 Year Argument" Photo Call - 52nd New York Film Festival

You might say: Score-SAYs-ee

But it’s really: Score-sez-ee

Barack Obama

Obama And Japanese P.M. Noda Hold Joint Press Conf. At White House

You might say: Bah-rack

But it’s really: Bah-rock

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