Zoe Saldana caused quite a stir last week when she revealed that her husband, Italian artist Marco Perego, wanted to take her last name. The unconventional decision sparked a lot of criticism, which was surprising, the actress tells ETonline.
"But I'm very happy that people are talking about [it]," Saldana says. "For men to be discriminated and picked on for wanting to take on their partner's name, for their masculinity to be put into question, I think it's disgusting. It shouldn't be that way."
The strong reaction from the public to the news prompted Zoe to take to her Facebook page to address the controversy. "Why is it so surprising, shocking, eventful that a man would take his wife’s surname?" she wrote on June 8. "Men, you will not cease to exist by taking your partner’s surname. On the contrary you will be remember as a man who stood by change."
Despite all the buzz, Zoe also reveals that it wasn't all critical and that many people who shared their beliefs applauded their decision.
"If my husband and I, what we're doing in our lives serves as an example then we're happy," she tells ETonline. "But we realized that by our fans writing to us that people have been doing this since the beginning of time. We're just the only ones that live in a public eye and it makes the news."
"That's what really made us feel so happy... We felt that we're not alone,” she adds.
As for the lesson she hopes this will teach her twin boys Cy and Bowie? "That they have a great man as their father. And even better mom!" she joked.
The couple welcomed their twin boys this past November.
You can next catch Zoe in her new film Infinitely Polar Bear in select theaters now.
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