Actress Zoe Saldana says that she's raising her three male children in a gender-neutral environment so as to avoid perpetuating gender stereotypes.
What did she say?
During a recent discussion with Us Weekly, the "Guardians of the Galaxy" and "Avengers: Endgame" actress said that she and her husband of six years, Marco Perego Saldana, raise their young boys in a home with both "female and male toys" so they aren't confused about their roles as human beings.
Zoe Saldana says that she believes her 4-year-old twins Cy and Bowie, and 2-year-old son, Zen, can only benefit from her decision.
"I'm always gonna be honest and that is always the best way to welcome healthy and truthful discourse, especially around parenthood," she said.
"[The twins] made a comment two weeks ago, like, 'Boys are stronger than girls,' because they're in that stage of comparisons," the 40-year-old actress admitted. "And you have to take a moment and kind of put together an answer that they will understand."
Saldana says that her goal in parenting is "[to] not bring all this charge that you have as an adult and as a woman into their lives."
"They're a blank slate," she added.
In 2018, Saldana told the outlet that her household is strictly gender-fluid.
"We have a very gender-neutral environment where my husband participates in a lot of tasks that were normally given to women and vice versa," Saldana said. "I get to do a lot of male things, which is, I don't know, put the TV together, fix things that break. We're sort of a very gender-fluid household. I think it's important to raise boys in that environment, and girls as well."
Saldana and her husband are apparently cut from the same cloth: when the couple tied the knot in 2013, he opted to take her last name in an unconventional move.
"He liked [my last name]," she explained. "He wanted to really represent being a part of my family and represent my father's legacy. He respected the fact that he didn't want me to have to give up my name just because that's the norm."