Zoe Saldana’s Husband Took Her Last Name: “I Tried To Talk Him Out Of It”

June 8, 2015  |  

In a new interview for the July issue of InStyle, Zoe Saldana revealed that her husband, Marco Perego, decided to take her last name when they wed last year. You can officially call him Marco Saldana.

According to the actress, it was something he wanted to do on his own. And while it’s a very sweet gesture, initially, she was not excited about him doing so. In fact, she was a little worried that it wouldn’t be a good look for the established Italian artist.

“I tried to talk him out of it, ” she admitted. “[I told him], ‘If you use my name, you’re going to be emasculated by your community of artists, by your Latin community of men, by the world.’ But Marco looks up at me and says: ‘Ah Zoe, I don’t give a s**t.”

According to a HuffPost/YouGov poll conducted last fall with 1,000 men and women, 57 percent of people think women should take whatever name they please and not be held down by tradition. But the second most popular preference (31 percent) was for women to take their husband’s last name. In that study, and in others, men who took their wife’s name had interesting reasons, from their own birth name being too common or complicated, to having an affinity for their father-in-law, and even losing to their wife in a best of three game of rock/papers/scissors.

It’s still pretty uncommon, but more and more men are doing it. They’re also speaking out against the often pricey and lengthy legal process required in some states to take on the names of their wives (yet it’s easy for a woman to take their husband’s name).

I’m  part of the group who is okay with taking the last name of a husband (my parents would probably side-eye me if I didn’t), but at the same time, I’m planning to retain my maiden name when it comes to my career. But how would I feel if my future husband asked to take my last name as we prepared to take that next big step? While I wouldn’t fight him if he seemed serious or passionate about it, I wouldn’t think it necessary. Maybe we could both hyphenate our names in some way?

At the end of the day, everything isn’t for everybody, but that doesn’t make it wrong. Who knows? This could be the new big thing! In the meantime, if it works for Zoe and Marco (aka, Mr. Saldana), that’s what matters most.

But what do you think? If your man said he wanted to take your last name, would you be down for him to do it? 

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