Zoe Saldana's Husband Taking Her Name Makes Total Sense

Lena de Casparis is my name and that will never change

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Marco Saldana is my hero of the week. Why? News broke that when he took his wife’s (the very awesome Zoe Saldana) surname he said he didn’t ‘give a s**t’ what the response would be.

Hurrah to him.

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I’ve always been very clear that I would never take anyone else’s surname. There are countless reasons why:

1. I owe it to my mum – she made sure I took her name (not my dad's less exotic one – Robinson) at a time it was fairly unusual to do so. And I’ve always felt proud of that.

2. I've built a career around it. In an age where our work is stored on Google in individual, named pockets, I'd be giving up on ten years of bloody hard work.

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And perhaps the only one that really matters…

3. I really love my name. We've been out there together for 30 years and, well, we’ve grown rather attached.

Me and the Saldanas are, however, pretty much alone. A recent survey of 13,000 brides, reported by the BBC, found that 80% of women still choose to take their spouse's last name.

Of course, I don’t think badly of anyone that chooses to take her husband's name. The choice is individual. And I do often think how sad it'll be that I will never have a family name. My children are likely to have a different name to their dad or to me (or some hideously long combination that makes them hate their parents every time the have to fill in a form, order a cab, book a table...).

Having myself grown up with a dad with a different surname, I know it doesn't come without many complications. There is, burnt in to my memory, that time we checked into a hotel in India when I was 14 and they gave us a concerned talking to about me being so young, which resulted in one of the most painful eight minutes of my life.

And so I’d like to buy Zoe and Marco Saldana a huge, and very strong, margarita – for making us all very aware we have another option.

Zoe Saldana took to Facebook to praise her heusband, saying, '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.'

At a time when we are finally being able to marry whomever we want, and hold the identity we actually want – is it not only right we have the name we want, too?

I think so. Though, to be fair, Saldana is a pretty awesome name — maybe even I'd change for that.

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