Chrissy Teigen and Other Celebrities’ Names We’ve Been Pronouncing Wrong All Along

You may think you know everything about your favorite celebrities. However, it turns out even the biggest of fans may have been saying their idols’ names incorrectly all along.

No one ever questioned the pronunciation of these 7 stars’ names, but as it turns out, we’ve all be wrong the entire time. Here are the correct pronunciations of each of these stars’ names, as well as the wrong way we’ve been saying them.

Chrissy Teigen

  • The correct pronunciation: Tie-gen
  • How we’ve been saying it: Tee-gen
Chrissy Teigen

Chrissy Teigen | Rich Polk/Getty Images for Viacom

Apparently, our whole lives have been a lie. We’ve always pronounced Chrissy Teigen’s last name as “Tee-gen.” However, she revealed we’ve been saying it wrong all along. “Gave up a long time ago. last name is tie-gen not tee-gen,” she revealed on Twitter.

Teigen even admitted, “I know. I even correct people when they say it correctly. it’s all v effed up.” She added, “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’ll change my flight.”

Ariana Grande

  • The correct pronunciation: Gran-dee
  • How we’ve been saying it: Grawn-day
Ariana Grande

Ariana Grande | Christopher Polk/Getty Images for Coachella

Even Ariana Grande has been misleading us this whole time with her last name. The pop star, however, has been pronouncing it incorrectly on purpose. It became a topic of conversation during an interview with Apple’s Beats 1, during which she was asked if she’d take Pete Davidson’s last name when they get married.

“I have to keep Grande because my grandpa — I think of him with everything I do and he was so proud of my name. I should keep it. Ima keep it.”

She also dropped this huge bombshell: “My grandparents said [Grandee]. My brother [Frankie Grande] kind of changed it to [Grawnday] because [Grandee] was kind of like the Americanized version of it. I grew up saying [Grandee].”

Martin Scorsese

  • The correct pronunciation: Scor-sess-see
  • How we’ve been saying it: Scor-say-zee
Martin Scorsese

Martin Scorsese | Lars Niki/Getty Images for The Museum of Modern Art

We’re actually not sure why we’ve been pronouncing Martin Scorsese’s last name as “Scor-say-zee” all along. The correct way to say it actually makes a lot more sense now that we know it: “Scor-sess-see.”

Anytime he’s said it himself he’s pronounced it the correct way, but people will probably continue saying it the wrong way for eternity.

Charlize Theron

  • The correct pronunciation: Shar-LEES THAIR-en
  • How we’ve been saying it: Shar-leez Thair-on
Charlize Theron

Charlize Theron | Clemens Bilan/Getty Images

Charlize Theron’s name seems simple to pronounce, but not everyone gets it right. During an apperance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, the host actually pronounced her name correctly. “It’s like music to my ears, so beautiful,” she praised. “They screw it up.”

“I almost want to make an audio voice tape of how to pronounce my name, and I want you to record it,” she told Fallon. “But I need you to do it ’cause you do it almost better than me.”

Amanda Seyfried

  • The correct pronunciation: Sigh-fred
  • How we’ve been saying it: Say-fried
Amanda Seyfried

Amanda Seyfried | Jason Merritt/Getty Images

Amanda Seyfried has heard every mispronunciation of her last name in the book. In an interview with Thomas Leupp for hollywoodstreams, she revealed the two most common mispronunciations are “Say-fried” and “Sig-freed.” While she cleared up that her last name is pronounced “Sigh-fred,” her sister actually says it differently as “Sigh-freed.”

Steve Buscemi

  • The correct pronunciation: Boo-seh-mee
  • How we’ve been saying it: Boo-shem-ee
Steve Buscemi

Steve Buscemi | Andrew Toth/Getty Images for The Webby Awards

The way we’ve been pronouncing Steve Buscemi’s last name isn’t all that different from the correct way to say it. But still, it’s kind of freaking us out. It’s apparently supposed to be said “Boo-seh-mee” — not “Boo-shem-ee.” His Italian ancestors, however, would say “Boo-SHAY-mee,” so maybe even Buscemi himself is wrong.


  • The correct pronunciation: Ri-ANNE-uh
  • How we’ve been saying it: Ri-ah-nuh

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Basically everyone we’ve ever heard say Rihanna’s name has said it as “Ri-ah-nuh.” Although Rihanna hasn’t made a big deal about correcting fans, a video she posted on Instagram revealed we all had it wrong. While announcing her new Snapchat account, she said to the camera, “It’s ‘Rihanna,’ follow me.”

The way she said her own name, though, managed to cause a stir. She pronounced it “Ri-ANNE-uh” — so basically, we’re now questioning everything we’ve ever known.