The actress took to her Facebook page to post a strongly worded status about the media’s interest in her husband taking her surname.
“Why is it so surprising, shocking- eventful that a man would take his wife's surname? Women have never been asked if it's ok for them to give up their names — why doesn’t that make the news?”
In her recent interview with InStyle Magazine, in which the Guardians of the Galaxy actress is on this month’s cover, Saldana talks about motherhood and her marriage to Marco Perego, whom she tied the knot with two years ago. However, media interest seems to be over her husband’s decision to take her surname rather then keep his own.
“I tried to talk him out of it," Zoe Saldana told the magazine. "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, the 35 year old actress is not understanding why people are making such a major fuss over the issue, particularly when women have been doing it for years without question.
Read the actress’s brilliant response in her Facebook post below:
"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.
Zoe and Marco
Sorry for any mistypes LOL"
Well said Zoe!
Anyone care to weigh in?