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Zoe Saldana shares the awesome reason why her husband took her last name

by Erin Clements /  / Updated  / Source: TODAY

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When Zoe Saldana's husband, Marco Perego, opted to thwart convention and take her last name, she initially wasn't thrilled.

"I tried to talk him out of it," Saldana, 36, told InStyle in the magazine's July cover story. "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.'"

Zoe Saldana with husband Marco Saldana
LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 02: Artist Marco Perego (L) and actress Zoe Saldana attend the Samsung Galaxy S 6 edge launch on April 2, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images for Samsung)Michael Buckner / Getty Images file

However, Marco was adamant about wanting to be Mr. Saldana, despite her protests, and now the "Avatar" star says she's "proud" of his decision. In fact, she wants other men to follow his lead.

"Fathers, sons, brothers, men everywhere: Your legacy will not perish if you take your partner's surname, or she keeps hers," she wrote in a Facebook post Monday night. "I felt proud that my husband decided to take my last name as his own... and I his."

She added, "Why is it so surprising, shocking —even — 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?"

As for the couple's adorable twin boys, Cy and Bowie, Saldana thinks it'll make them look up to their dad even more.

"I know our sons will respect and admire their father more because their father lead by example," she said.

Zoe and Marco wed in 2013, and welcomed their two sons last November.

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