Celebrity names: How do you pronounce that?!
Do you get a little stuck when talking about celebrities with your friends because you just don't know how to pronounce some of those stars' names? ("You know, the show with David Bor... uh, Angel from "Buffy the Vampire Slayer?") Well, now, with this handy guide, you can safely attend red carpet events and get on a first name basis with some actors, actresses, musicians and other celebs.
In alphabetical order, say hello to...
Arquette, Patricia and David: ark-ETT ('ETT' rhymes with pet)
Basinger, Kim: BAY-sing-grrr
Boreanaz, David: bo-ree-AH-nuz
Bullock, Sandra: BULL-luck
Campbell, Neve: nev (like the first three letters of never)
Crichton, Michael: CRITE-un (rhymes with brighten)
Degeneres, Ellen: ge-GEN-er-us (like generous)
Deschanel, Zooey: ZOH-ee (like Zoe) day-sha-NELL
D'Onofrio, Vincent: duh-NOFF-ree-oh
Elwes, Cary: EL-wez (rhymes with Elvis)
Fiennes, Ralph: rafe (rhymes with safe) fines (rhymes with signs)
Grace, Topher: TOE-fur
Gruffudd, Ioan: YO-an GRIFF-ith
Gyllenhaal, Jake and Maggie: JILL-in-hall
Hargitay, Mariska: mah-RISH-kuh
Heche, Anne: haytch
Janssen, Famke: FOM-kuh ('fom' rhymes with palm)
Kim, Yunjin: YOON-gin
Klum, Heidi: kloom
LaBeouf, Shia: SHY-uh la-buff ('buff' rhymes with tough)
Lavigne, Avril: AVE-rill la-VEEN
Leoni, Téa: TAY-ah lee-OH-nee
Lightbody, Gary: LIGHT-bud-ee
Lohan, Lindsay: LOW-en
strong>McConaughey, Matthew: ma-CON-uh-hay
Moore, Demi: duh-ME
Mullally, Megan: MAG-un mull-AL-lee
Newton, Thandie: TAN-dee
Pompeo, Ellen: pom-PAY-oh ('pom' is like palm)
Reeves, Keanu: key-AH-new
Remini, Leah: LEE-uh REM-in-ee
Ricci, Christina: REE-chee
Romijn, Rebecca: Romaine (like the lettuce)
Schreiber, Liev: LEE-ev ('ev' like the first two letters of ever) shry-BER
Sevigny, Chloe: KLOW-ee SEV-in-knee
Theron, Charlize: shar-LEASE THROWN
Visnjic, Goran: GORE-on VISH-nish
Weisz, Rachel: vice
* The "translated" words are in bold
What to do with this new information? Try slipping some of these names into everyday conversations around the watercooler. Here are some topics to start you off:
- "In X-Men, I liked Famke Janssen's character better than Rebecca Romijn's."
- "Speaking of Goran Visnjic, did you know that the show 'ER' was created by novelist Michael Crichton?"
- "Ralph Fiennes and Rachel Weisz were brilliant in 'The Constant Gardener,' don't you think?"
With a little practice, you'll soon be impressing -- and educating -- an entire generation of Us Magazine readers with your spot-on pronounciation of celebrity names.