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Most Mispronounced Hollywood Female Star Names

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Most Mispronounced Hollywood Female Star Names

Hollywood star’s names are very often mispronounced. Some are even mispronounced in talk shows and daily shows by famous and respectful hosts.

“A year ago, nobody knew my name. And now, nobody can pronounce my name.”

When Lupita Nyong’o appeared on stage at Sunday’s MTV Movie Awards in L.A., the 12 Years a Slave star adorably joked. (eonline.com)


Who are the female celebrities which get their names mispronounced most often? Here is a list of 10.


10 – Troian Bellisario

Known For: Pretty Little Liars (2010) Consent (2010) Lauren (2012) Billboard Dad (1998)

Troian Bellisario, daughter of producers Donald P. Bellisario and Deborah Pratt, made her film debut at the age of 3 in Last Rites (1988). She made several TV and movie appearances in her teens (most of the TV appearances were in shows produced by her father) before attending the University of Southern California.

So…Is it TROO-YAN or TRO-YAN? BE-LEE-SARIO or BE-LEE-ZARIO?

Listen to the correct pronunciation of her name here:


9 – Uzo Aduba

Known For: Orange Is the New Black (2013) Sing Along (2013)

Aduba began earning recognition for her work in 2003, with a performance in “Translations of Xhosa” at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts that won her a Helen Hayes Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress in a Play. Her Broadway debut was in 2007 as Toby in “Coram Boy”

So…Is it OO-ZO or AH-ZO? AH-DOO-BAH or AH-DOO-BEY?

Listen to the correct pronunciation of her name here:


8 – Shailene Woodley

Known For: The Descendants (2011) Divergent (2014) The Secret Life of the American Teenager (2008) The Fault in Our Stars (2014)

Actress Shailene Woodley was born in Simi Valley, California, to Lori (Victor), a middle school counselor, and Lonnie Woodley, a school principal. She has one brother, Tanner. She was educated at Simi Valley High School in California. When Woodley was four years old she began commercial modeling.

So…Is it SHUY-LEEN or SHEY-LEEN? WOOD-LEY or WOOD-LEE?

Listen to the correct pronunciation of her name here:


7 – Ariana Grande

Known For: Victorious (2010) Sam & Cat (2013) Snowflake, the White Gorilla (2011) Swindle (2013)

Ariana is a singer and lyricist. She was born in Boca Raton, Florida, to Joan Grande and Edward Butera, both of whom are of Italian descent. After growing up in Florida, She moved to Los Angeles when she received the role of Cat Valentine in Nickelodeon’s ‘Victorious’, along with Victoria Justice and Elizabeth Gillies.

So…Is it GRAND or GRAND-DEY? AREE-ANA or AREY-YANA?

Listen to the correct pronunciation of her name here:


6 – Selena Gomez

Known For: Spring Breakers (2012) Hotel Transylvania (2012) Monte Carlo (2011) Another Cinderella Story (2008)

Selena Marie Gomez was born and raised in Grand Prairie, Texas, to Mandy Teefey, who is of part Italian descent, and Ricardo Gomez, who is of Mexican descent and originally from New Mexico. Her parents divorced in 1997. Giving birth to Selena at 16, her mom Mandy recalls living “paycheck-to-paycheck”.

So…Is it SE-LEY-NAH or SE-LEE-NAH? GO-MES or GO-MEZ?

Listen to the correct pronunciation of her name here:


5 – Nicki Minaj

Known For: Despicable Me 2 (2013) Ice Age: Continental Drift (2012) The Hangover Part II (2011) Pitch Perfect (2012)

Nicki Minaj was born on December 8, 1982 in St. James, Trinidad and Tobago as Onika Tanya Maraj.

So…Is it MIN-AJ or MIN-AG?

Listen to the correct pronunciation of her name here:


4 – Kristen Stewart

Known For: Twilight (2008) Snow White and the Huntsman (2012The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 (2012) The Twilight Saga: New Moon (2009)

Though most famous for her role as Isabella “Bella” Swan in The Twilight (2008) Saga, Kristen Stewart has been a working actor since her early years in Los Angeles, California. Her parents, John Stewart and Jules Stewart, both work in film and television. Her mother is Australian. The family includes three boys, her older brother Cameron Stewart and two adopted brothers Dana and Taylor.

So…Is it KIR-STEN or KRIS-TEN?

Listen to the correct pronunciation of her name here:


3 – Stana Katic

Known For: Castle (2009) Quantum of Solace (2008) The Librarian: The Curse of the Judas Chalice (2008) Superman: Unbound (2013)

Stana Katic was born in the industrial town of Hamilton, Ontario. She spent much of her youth in the outskirts of Chicago. Her parents are ethnic Serbs and are from region called Dalmatia in Croatia. She is the oldest of six siblings. Stana studied international law, global economics and theater/film both in Toronto and Chicago before moving to Los Angeles to begin a career in film. She is an avid lover of science, travel, music, and art.

So…Is it STEY-NAH or STUH-NAH? KUH-TIC or KAY-TIC?

Listen to the correct pronunciation of her name here:


2 – Ellen DeGeneres

Known For: Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show (2003) The 79th Annual Academy Awards (2007) The 86th Academy Awards (2014) American Idol (2002)

Emmy-winning talk-show host Ellen DeGeneres was born in Metairie, Louisiana, a suburb of New Orleans. Her father, insurance salesman Elliot De Generes and her mother, a real-estate agent, were divorced when she was 16 years old. Her mother remarried, and her new husband, salesman Roy Gruessendorf, moved the family (which included Ellen’s brother) to Atlanta, Texas.

So…Is it AL-EN or EL-EN? DEY-JE-NE-RES or DEE-GE-NE-RES?

Listen to the correct pronunciation of her name here:


1 – Yvonne Strahovski

Known For: Chuck (2007 Killer Elite (2011) I, Frankenstein (2014) The Canyon (2009)

Yvonne was born and raised in Australia. Her parents were Polish immigrants. She attended the Santa Sabina College for her high school education. She then went on to study Performance at the University of Western Sydney’s School of Contemporary Arts, graduating in 2003. Shortly afterwards, she landed her first role on television in an episode of Double the Fist: Fear Factory (2004). Her next role was also on Australian television, appearing in several episodes of Headland (2005). In 2007, she made her big screen debut in Gone (2006). This performance caught the attention of casting directors in Hollywood. She decided to move from Australia to Los Angeles and, on her third day of arrival, she landed her breakthrough role as “Sarah Walker” in Chuck (2007).

So…Is it EE-VON or YEE-VON? STRA-CHOV-SKI or STRA-HOV-SKI?

Listen to the correct pronunciation of her name here:





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