“I don’t mind, but my sweet mum didn’t like it!”
Turns out, fans may have been mispronouncing their favorite stars’ names…for most of their careers! It all starts when the media uses the wrong pronunciation and over time everyone starts to notice it too. By then, it’s almost too late for the celebrity to correct everyone — and sometimes she just chooses to go with it.
Stars like Lindsay Lohan and Taylor Lautner have long admitted that their names aren’t pronounced correctly, but thanks to TikTok and a few high-profile interviews, these celebs finally have a second chance at being named correctly!
Read on to find out how to pronounce these names correctly…
When Lindsay Lohan recently joined TikTok, she made a big reveal. Turns out, fans mispronounced her last name for most of her life. Instead of emphasizing the “H” in Lohan, people should pronounce it more like a “W.”
Alicia Silverstone, the ‘Clueless’ star, also took to TikTok to let everyone know she had the wrong name. “Uh-lee-sha.”
“I don’t mind but my sweet mommy didn’t like it! So for her…do it right!” Alicia wrote in the comments section.
American fans have long mispronounced Rihanna’s name, but she seems to have passed it on for the most part. Vogue Video in which the musician introduced herself as “Rih-anna” – though many pronounced it “Re-ah-na.” Turns out she cleared things up a long time ago, as seen in a 2012 interview in which she shared the correct pronunciation of her name.
It took 20 seasons of “Keeping Up With The Kardashians” for Khloé Kardashian to set the record straight on how her name is really pronounced. While being interviewed by Andy Cohen, Khloé and her mother Kris Jenner confirmed that the accent mark gives the name a different pronunciation than what is usually said.
“It’s Klo-ay. Khloé is the name. There’s a little accent on the name. And so, I went to interview the Kardashians at Khloé’s. I walked in, I said ‘Khloé?’ and the other women say, ‘Excuse me?’ And Kris goes, ‘Yeah, that’s really how it’s pronounced,'” Andy shared on “The Tonight Show.”
Timothée Chalamet also has an accent in his name that changes its pronunciation but he says he’s never bothered to ask people to say it correctly because he thinks it sounds “pretentious”.
“The real pronunciation is Timo-tay. But I can’t ask people to call me that; it sounds really pretentious. My father is from France, so it’s a French spelling, but it seems too restrictive to ask the people to call me that,” Timothée told V Man.
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Taylor Lautner has been saying her name correctly for years, but somehow fans and the media started saying her name differently along the way. The dilemma went viral when the actor broke down. recently featured on TikTok, where he said his last name “lout-ner” instead. of “lot-ner”.
Ariana Grande says she actually grew up pronouncing her last name differently than she does now and regrets changing the way she said it. She explained that her grandfather had always said their name “Grand-ee” but her brother Frankie later suggested they go back to the Italian pronunciation of “Grahn-day”.
“My grandpa said Grand-ee…Grand-ee kind of the Americanized version of that, it made him cooler…I grew up saying Grand-ee – and I think of [my grandpa] and I wish I had said more Grand-ee,” Ariana said.
Shortly after Ariana’s explanation of her last name went viral, Chrissy Teigen stepped in to let everyone know that her last name had also been mispronounced for years. .”
“Dropped out a long time ago. Last name is tie-gen not tee-gen… I don’t correct people, ever. They can call me Janet and I won’t. Wrong order? I’ll eat it. Taxi going to the wrong airport? I’m going to change flights,” Chrissy jokes. tweeted.
Hasan Minhaj’s full name has long been mispronounced by media and fans alike. He finally set the record straight during an appearance on “The Ellen Show,” where his parents were front row. Hasan corrected Ellen’s pronunciation of her name from “H-saan Min-aaj” to “Has-en Min-haj”.
“Look, when I started doing comedy, people were like you should change your name. And I’m like, ‘I’m not going to change your name.’ If you can pronounce Ansel Elgort, you can pronounce Hasan Minhaj,” Hasan joked.
No one has pronounced Jake Gyllenhaal’s last name correctly – not even Jake! The actor was asked about his Swedish name and repeatedly pronounced it differently. In one of his more recent explanations, he said it was actually “Yillen-hay -luh”, but that’s mostly reserved when he’s in Sweden.
“The only two places it’s pronounced correctly…are in Sweden and Ikea,” Jake joked.Conan.”
Peter Krause grew up pronouncing his last name a little differently than what fans say now. He explained that when he was a child, his name was said to be “Krow-zee”, which led to some teasing. When he was an adult, he decided to revert to the original German/Polish pronunciation of the name, which had been “anglicized” when his family first came to America.
“I grew up being called Peter ‘Krow-zee’ so my sister and I became ‘Moche Krause.’ changing my name.” So I went back to how it would be pronounced in Germany or Poland, which is ‘Krow-za,'” Peter said on ‘The Kelly Clarkson Show.’
Ralph Fiennes has often had problems with the pronunciation of his name because it is spelled differently than it is said. Instead of the “ph” in his name making an “f” sound, his first name is actually pronounced “Rayf”, based on an ancient British tradition. He says he plans to change her, but thinks it’s now “too late”, so he sticks with it.
“Sometimes I wish I had fixed it! There’s a tradition in the UK of pronouncing Ralph as ‘Rayf’, one of those peculiar old English things where something is pronounced completely different from what it’s spelled But I believe my dad named me after his step-grandfather…and I wanted to honor my parents by giving me that name keeping the spelling but I have come, on occasion, to regret it,” Ralph told The Hollywood Reporter.