Just when you thought Zoe Saldana and her sexy husband couldn’t get any cooler, the couple revealed that Marco Perego took Zoe Saldana’s last name after getting married in secret in the summer of 2013.
The Guardians of the Galaxy actress even explained in an interview with InStyle magazine that Zoe’s husband made the decision to take her last name despite her protestations. “I tried to talk him out of it. 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’,” the star told InStyle. “But Marco looks up at me and says [she puts on a cute Italian accent], ‘Ah, Zoe, I don’t give a sheet.’” ¡Que romántico!
While every couple should feel free to make a decision that best suits their relationship, in an uphill struggle against gender-biases, it’s these kind of role reversals — however superficial — that will be integral in helping to level out the playing field. While Zoe and Marco certainly aren’t the first couple to take this route, their celebrity status will help spread its acceptance.
“Ten percent of the American public still thinks that keeping your name means you aren’t dedicated to your marriage,” wrote Jill Filipovic in an op-ed for The Guardian on the tradition. “And a full 50% of Americans think you should be legally required to take your husband’s name. Somewhere upwards of 90% of women do change their names when they get married.”
And let’s be honest, the last name Saldana is absolutely stunning, as is Zoe, so we understand Marco’s commitment to both his wife and her namesake.
The two gave birth to their beautiful twin boys only last year, Bowie Ezio and Cy Aridio.
Congratulations to the happy family — and we commend you for breaking through norms, and helping to pave the way for others to do the same.
It’s about time.