Zoe Saldana: Every minute with three sons is just about stopping fights & arson

Zoe Saldana, Marco Perego at arrivals fo...

I always sort of blank out on Zoe Saldana’s personal life, but she’s actually got an interesting home life. She married an Italian artist named Marco Perego in 2013. He adopted her surname and became Marco Perego Saldana, and their three children – Bowie, Zen and Cy – all carry the surname Perego-Saldana. It’s unusual but cool. Anyway, yes, she gave birth to the twins Cy and Bowie first, and they’re five years old. Zen just celebrated his third birthday in February. So, three boys under the age of five. Just put me out of my misery right now, I could not do that whatsoever. And now Zoe and Marco are isolating together with their sons and Zoe posted a video of Marco stopping a fight between the boys:

First of all, I sort of love that it’s super-obvious that Marco’s nerves are frayed. He raises his voice to remind his sons that they can’t pick up the ball in soccer (“but I want to hold it!”) and then the other one starts playing with his brother’s hair or something. Zoe posted this with a message about how she was reminded of Will Ferrell telling a story about his sons and:

It’s fun as hell, at all times- every waking minute of your day is spent trying to talk someone from beating someone else, or burning the house down, or flashing a neighbor, or smelling someone else’s butt. I swear I’m not feeling sorry for my husband and I, it’s just that being stuck at home with these cubs makes me appreciate work! #help #twins #boys

[Via IG]

I pray for all of these Hollywood parents who are having to spend 24-7 with their kids without any nannies or day-care! It’s sort of great to see Marco trying to take this quarantine opportunity to teach his sons how to play soccer though. You can tell how annoyed he is though.

Marco Perego and Zoe Saldana arrive at the 2019 LACMA Art + Film Gala held at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art on November 2, 2019 in Los Angeles, California, United States.

Photos courtesy of WENN.

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  1. Leskat says:

    I have 2 girls, 3 and 5, and this video is exactly how our house is right now- worn out mom and dad, kids on the brink of starting a war, stopping fights all day and lots of frustrated tears hahaha. I feel this so hard!

    • BAddie says:

      I have three kids and it does not get better as they get older. I had to tell my 15 yr old not to put Vaseline up his sister’s nose, and then tell my 9 yr old to not choke her brother for putting the Vaseline up her nose. All while my 13 yr old daughter is rolling on the floor laughing yelling fight fight fight!

      • Leskat says:

        Hahahahaha oh my god!!! That’s kind of funny. I would just settle for kids who can get their own yogurt at this point lol

      • Sab says:

        Hm, we should call Vince McMahon of the WWE to schedule this fight on the next WrestleMania. Poor you but it’s kind of funny.

      • lucy2 says:

        I’m in my 40s, and I think if my brother and I were stuck in a house together, we’d be fighting too!

      • MariaS says:

        Baddie, I’m crying laughing at your description!!

  2. Astrid says:

    I’m so thankful my kids are older. If I had my 4 under 10 years old now, I’d be drinking.

  3. Tanya says:

    I’ve got 3 girls under 6, and this is 100% my life. They’re not even twins.

  4. Rae says:

    They are so cute!

  5. Cupcake says:

    YAS! My two boys are 7 and almost 3. The amount of fighting and whining OMG. It’s virtually impossible to “teach” my 7-year old while trying to keep my little guy happy enough not to distract his brother. I’m taking it one day at a time and expectations are LOW.

    • Mel M says:

      Yep. My two sons, almost 7 and 4 1/2, and we have to keep them separated most of the time. They are either fighting each other or destroying something together.

    • Jem says:

      Cupcake – my sons are 7 and almost 3 too! Everything you wrote I could have written. I introduced ABC Mouse to my little one to do while the big one is doing school meetings. It’s great.

      Hang in there, everybody. It’s ROUGH, and we’re all in it together.

  6. Ravensdaughter says:

    I love Marco! He’s doing his best given the circumstances…

  7. Twitchany says:

    I only have one kid (8), but he has adhd. Also he and my husband are always bickering, so it’s like having a couple. My nerves are shot.

  8. Veronica S. says:

    Rough ages, too. Older kids would be a handful right now, too, but not in the endlessly needy way really little ones are. I forgot her husband was Italian, though. No wonder he has no patience for bad soccer lol.

  9. AnnaKist says:

    Mm-hm. It was exactly the same for me, with two sons and a tomboy daughter. (Actually, Son 2 looks like her husband! Also Italian 😂 ) I tell you, if we weren’t explaining to the fire brigade that no, the fire wasn’t an act of arson, but simply three kids pretending to camp out and light a small fire in the interests of authenticity… in the garage…then it was recounting to the doctors at the local hospital’s emergency department that they were just pretending to be gymnasts practising on the (hastily put together from timber off-cuts) beam/parallel bars/rings, using liberal amounts of mum’s Christmas talc on their hands, that caused them to fall on their heads, arms, wrists, ears, each other; or that they’d decided to reenact yesterday’s All Blacks Vs Australia game and realised too late that one much older and much larger lad crashing into or tackling his very slight younger siblings is not conducive to an even match… and not mum or dad physically abusing their children. Every bloody weekend… Fun times. I miss those days.

  10. SJR says:

    I call attention seeking BS on her.
    Kids can be annoying and rowdy but with understanding and effort on the grown ups part, my kids get along fine.
    And, we don’t have a huge house, tons of $, or paid staff/nannies, etc.

    People complaining about “it’s hard to be home with the kids” piss me off.
    Why have kids if you are not willing to learn some parenting skills?
    Ask yourself Who is the Adult here? Geez.

    • T says:

      @SJR I adore my daughter to pieces, but it IS hard right now. Normally, we have access to outside public spaces and can explore outside our home. Right now, that isn’t safe. So we are getting creative with what we can do at home. It’s not that I lack parenting skills (I do! And I’m a teacher!), the difficult part is losing our routines that were our normal daily life and having to figure out our new normal. When raising really young children who feel this added stress but can’t articulate it, there are lots of emotions, temper tantrums, etc. Parents are the adults, but we’re human beings. This is a chaotic time full of worry and uncertainty. I’m shocked anyone would have such a judgemental opinion while we’re all just trying to do our best.

      • Prayer Warrior says:

        I’m an ADHD adult and am struggling mightily because routine is my bedrock. Without routine, I’m fluttering around…speaking of fluttering, has anyone noticed how much more bird song there is?….trying to get SOMETHING actually completed.

      • Veronica S. says:

        @Prayer Warrior

        I’m ADHD, too, and my sleep schedule is completely f*cked. I’m fortunate to be able to WFH for my main job, but I’m used to pulling sixty hours a week on my feet, being very active, moving around…and this pace is killing me. I’ve been trying to do it by writing more, but I’m a restless person. I need to move around. I can’t imagine how much worse this would be if I had kids to juggle.

    • L4frimaire says:

      I think she’s being realistic. Who are these miracle grownups? My kids are fighting too, and they yell at us a lot. They literally broke down crying because they had to clean their rooms yesterday. We’re doing ok for the most part but it is stressful, kids miss the comfort of their routines and school and friends, so they fight and make messes.

    • Kelly says:

      You sound much more bitter about Zoe Saldana’s family than she does her own.

    • Veronica S. says:

      Adults are human beings who need space and time to themselves. Kids need space to themselves. Families need breaks from each other. Not to mention most people’s schedules and routines have been *completely* upended, and now they’re adjusting to an entirely new dynamic during a very high stress period. Housework labor has increased because we’re all eating at home and messing up more around the house. Money is getting tighter because people have lost jobs – or if they do have jobs, they have to figure out how to do work in the home without children interrupting. This really is not at all equivalent to people just staying at home with their kids on a normal day.

      I can totally see how this would drive a family crazy. Even if it’s a little ridiculous for celebrities to compare their situations to ours given that their money opens up a lot of sizeable real estate options compared to other people, imagine families who have a fraction of a space they’re working with, who live in cities without backyards, who still need to put in eight hour workdays, and it’s very easy to understand how people are melting down. We all have moments where we need to walk away for air, and most people can’t do that right now.

    • MeghanNotMarkle says:

      This is tough right now. Kids are never perfectly behaved little angels. Throw in a major break in routines, taking their friends away, taking away almost all of their activities, and then throwing new stuff at them, and it’s a recipe for some type of meltdown. My girls are fighting constantly. We’re not bad parents. So get off your high horse and just respect that people are doing the best they can right now in a very hard situation.

  11. Digital Unicorn says:

    They are such cute kids and I love the Italian accent.

    Am a fan of her – she’s talented and seems very down to earth.

  12. T says:

    I love this so much. I’ve always thought Zoe and Marco seemed cool and real, but this proves it. Parenting little ones (a toddler for me) right now is chaos.

  13. ChillyWilly says:

    Lol, bless them! Every mom of boys that close in age has my respect! They will team up on your ass!

  14. MangoAngel says:

    I love how very Italian he is in his frustration, from the accent to the increasingly emphatic gesticulating.

    They probably begged him to teach them soccer, then when he did, stopped even trying to listen to what he was saying.

  15. margie says:

    This all makes me feel much better- misery loves company I suppose. 10 and 5 year old here, and same to all of this. Knowing everyone is struggling (except those few people who apparently are doing everything perfect) is comforting.

  16. Canadi-Anne says:

    My kids are teens now, but when my boy-girl twins were 2.5 years old we welcomed our 3rd child, another boy. I remember the early days…it was basically like Whack-a-Mole. You deal with one child and then two more pop up.

  17. Onemoretime says:

    My girls are young adults now, but when they were younger, good lord. They are 5 years apart and the youngest thought because she was the baby she could get away with hitting her sister, we would beg my oldest not to kill her. That all changed when I told my oldest to hit her back. What a tangled web we weaved. She never hit her sister again. Siblings are going to fight & when they do it’s nerve wracking to parents.

  18. MeghanNotMarkle says:

    I’ve got a 14yo boy, a 12yo girl, and a 7yo girl at home in a 36′ RV all day long. It’s a MESS. My 12yo is autistic and her interests are more on the level of her sister’s, so they are fighting over everything. My phone, the laptop, the TV, their swim goggles when we get out to our pool, the pool toys, even the damn dog. We’re attempting to homeschool three kids with only two laptops (and only one mom). My husband and I are both still working. There’s even more housework now that we’re all home, and everyone is eating so much food. It’s tough enough with all of us only together a few hours a day after school and work. Now that we’re cooped up nearly 24/7, we’re all starting to go insane. Bless Zoe and Marco for being quarantined with three boys under 6. I don’t drink but some days here lately I wish I did.

  19. Summer says:

    Oh man, that was kind of funny. 😂 They just seem like true parents, parenting. I love his accent! I do find it amusing to see celebrity parents having to do what we plebs have always had to do.

  20. Bucky Bieber says:

    I have a 14 year old and 18 year old. The other day the 18 year old had to barricade himself in his bedroom because the 14 year was going to kick his ass, after the 18 year old’s incessant needling finally made him snap. Ah well, we should have a vaccine in about twelve months.

  21. Claudia says:

    I feel him. Love how normal their family life seems to be.