Zoe Saldana Talks About Her Husband Taking Her Last Name

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Traditionally, in American marriages, women take on their husband’s last name or keep their own last name. It is rare to hear of the husband taking on his wife’s name and that’s exactly what Zoe Saldana and husband Marco Perego decided to do.
The news seemed to cause a stir online and Jimmy Kimmel brought it up when she was a  guest on his show recently. 
Jimmy Kimmel asked:“He took your last name – did you make him do that?”And Zoe responded:“No! Oh my God!… Why does it mean that a woman has to hold a gun, like, ‘You’re gonna be Saldana!’”Zoe urged people to let go of some of their past “ideas” about marriage in a recent facebook post and said:

Fathers, sons, brothers, men everywhere: Your legacy will not perish if you take your partner’s surname, or she keeps hers. I’ve been made aware that a comment I made regarding my marriage has garnered some attention. I felt proud that my husband decided to take my last name as his own… and I his. I shared my hesitation with him when he told me about his decision, not only did he say, “I don’t give a shhheeeetttt!!” (with a very strong Italian accent!!) he also asked me, “Why not? What are you so afraid of?” And it made me wonder… What am I so afraid of?

Why is it so surprising, shocking- eventful that a man would take his wife’s surname? Women have never been asked if its ok for them to give up their names — why doesn’t that make the news?

Men, you will not cease to exist by taking your partner’s surname. On the contrary — you’ll be remembered as a man who stood by change. I know our sons will respect and admire their father more because their father lead by example.

Gentlemen, I implore you to think outside the box- remove the box altogether. Let’s redefine masculinity. A real “man” leads along side his partner. A real man accepts his mortality. A real man acknowledges that nothing can be done alone.

I hope that the “buzz” behind this topic isn’t just for gossip — but an inspiration for us all to look within and see what is truly important.

Let’s start by letting go of some of the limitations we have inherited from the past, and forge a new path moving forward.

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