Zoë Saldana is speaking out about the reasons why her husband decided to take her last name. She stated in an interview that is in the July InStyle magazine that she actually had tried to talk her husband, Marco Saldana, whose last name prior to getting married to the Guardians of the Galaxy actress was Perego, out of taking her last name when they got married in 2013.
Saldana, 37, said in the interview that other people would criticize him for changing his last name to hers, that he would “be emasculated by your community of artists, by your Latin community of men, by the world.” However, her husband said he did not care what anyone else thought about his decision.
In a Facebook post she wrote on Monday, Saldana clarified her feelings about her husband having taken her last name, writing that she was “proud” of him for having done it. She wrote in the post that her husband had asked her what she was “so afraid of,” and she then wondered why she should be afraid of it, at all.
Saldana also disputes the argument that some people have made about her husband’s decision to take her last name, that he would not be remembered by future generations. She would like to let men know that taking their “partner’s surname,” as she puts it, does not mean that they will then “cease to exist.” She stated that, instead, those men will be remembered as men “who stood by a change.”
She explained her reasoning, saying that taking their partner’s last name does not make men any less masculine. Saldana said that “real men” accept their own “mortality.” She added that “A real man acknowledges that nothing can be done alone.”
Saldana and her husband have twin sons. She said that she knows “our sons will respect and admire their father more because their father lead by example.”
Though many of her Facebook followers commented that they supported her husband’s decision to change his last name, she wrote that she questioned her followers that did not, wondering why it seemed “shocking” or “surprising” to some of them that “a man would take his wife’s surname.” Saldana turned the question around on them, asking why it does not make the news that it is supposedly okay for women “to give up their names.”
Changing his last name was reportedly not a big deal to the Avatar actress’s husband, Marco Perego. However, for some reason, his changing his last name did seem to be a big deal to many other people when they heard or read about his decision.
Some of her Facebook followers who disagreed with her husband’s decision wrote comments like it went against “centuries and centuries of tradition.” Others commented that in some ways, his changing his last name did make him somewhat less of a “real man.”
Saldana, who has what might be called a progressive outlook when it comes to topics like why it is okay if a woman’s husband decides to take his wife’s last name, spoke out about her husband’s decision in her interview with InStyle and also in a Facebook post. Though her husband’s decision might seem a bit odd or unorthodox to some people, she completely supports his decision. She stated that she hopes that all of the controversy that has resulted will cause people “to look within and see what is truly important.”
Written By Douglas Cobb
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