Zoe Saldana Addresses Reaction to Husband Taking Her Last Name

Love this. We love that he has taken her name. It shouldn't be "news", but it is. As it happens, Zoe wasn't so keen on the idea to start with, and even tried to talk Marco out of it.

Speaking with In Style magazine, the actress said: "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'." And still, he did it. In fact, Marco responded that he "couldn't give a shhheeeeetttt." That's love.

Zoe has since taken to her Facebook page to address the worlds' response to her beloved taking her name:

It reads in full...

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.
With Love,
Zoe and Marco


Sorry for any mistypes LOL

For the record, I'm not taking my husband's name. I'm the last in a long line of Scottish McGinleys and went to great pains to lumber my child with a double barrel name as a result - namely because I was the one who had her kicking my ribs headbutting my bladder for the last 3 months of gestation. I may take the hubbies' last name in years to come, but he also has the option to take mine. It's 2015, people.

Talking about having her twins in November, the actress previously wrote to Facebook: "Yes, by far, the most amazing experience of my life, but also a very challenging experience when it pertains to my body. I'm sure moms across the world (and dads sometimes) can identify with what I'm about to say... Bouncing back feels impossible, but I know it is important as a woman, and now a mommy, to not give up. I am determined to get my energy back and find balance for my body before these little guys start walking, and before I go back to work..... my clock is ticking! I'm not gonna lie - it is slow.... painful... and frustrating. But it is worth it... I know many of you have gone through this or are going through it as we speak. Let's do it together. Let's talk about it, hear each other out, and seek advice when we need it."

Would you be happy having your other half take your last name? Is it even a big deal?

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