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The INSIDER Summary:

  • Charlize Theron’s last name is often mispronounced.
  • It should be “Their-IN,” not “Their-OWN.”

Charlize Theron has been giving us kick-ass movie performances. So in return on her birthday Monday, August 7, the least we can do is give her the gift of pronouncing her name correctly.

The Oscar-winning South African actress, 42, is currently impressing fans as the lead in “Atomic Blonde.” But as people talk about the movie, they may be saying her name wrong.

To pronounce Theron correctly, it is supposed to sound more like “Their-IN,” not “Their-OWN.”

While on “The Tonight Show” in 2014, Theron and host Jimmy Fallon spoke about the correct pronunciation. She said she wanted to create an audio recording for people to listen to so they could get it right. 

But back on an episode of “Piers Morgan Tonight” in 2011, the actress had already given the proper pronunciation of her name. And it’s more like “Throne,” with a slightly lilted “r.” You can listen below.

So go ahead and practice, so you can get it right. Happy birthday, Charlize!

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