is a fictional character
on the television series Charmed
. He is a cupid
. He is played by Victor Webster
Cupids are a race of magical beings, associated with love
. Coop was sent by the Elders
to help Phoebe
with her love life. He gave her advice on her love life, and took her to the past to see her past loves (Cole Turner
, Dex Lawson, etc.), allowing her to love again.
Later in the series, they fall in love (Coop falls first and Phoebe falls for Michael, someone whom Coop was manipulating for Phoebe to love), although it was forbidden for a Cupid to fall in love with a human, similar to how it was forbidden for Whitelighters to date, marry, or have children with their charges. Only later in the series does Phoebe begin to admit her feelings for Coop.
In the show's finale, future adult Wyatt exclaims "Uncle Coop!" upon seeing him, which accidentally lets slip that Coop is Phoebe's husband and thus his and Chris' uncle. While Chris immediately hits Wyatt to hush him up since he has revealed the unknown future, Phoebe seems freaked out at this idea, since she knows about the forbidden nature of this romance. After he tries to talk to her and reassure her to no avail, he finds himself attacked by Billie's manipulative demon friend Dumain for his ring's time travel ability.
When Phoebe's calls for him fail, Wyatt and Chris reveal that their love is given a blessing (and was the main underlying reason he was actually sent down) by the Elders to make up for all the events they put her through as a Charmed One. In the exact words of Wyatt, "It wasn't, and it will not be, a forbidden love." In addition to that, she was able to bring him to her by simply thinking of him due to their connection.
The same episode, which depicts the futures of the Charmed Ones, shows their wedding and the three daughters they eventually have.
It is interesting to note that in season 3, Phoebe is told that an apple peel in water will take the form of the first letter of the name of her true love. It is a "C," which at that time was meant to imply Cole. This prediction does come to pass though, as Coop is revealed to be her true love.
In an interview with Charmed Magazine
#12, Webster said of his character, "I think he just loves life, he loves love. I think he's very charming and easy-going and lighthearted. I think he just generally enjoys being around people and really helping people." He also goes on to say that the reason why he was chosen for the part of Coop was that he displays many of those traits himself. However, he also claimed that playing "the perfect guy" was something of a struggle, "Coop is extremely confident. He knows all about love and relationships, and the problem with a guy who's so sure of himself is that you can play him very cocky and arrogant, and that can somewhat off-putting." The actor explains that falling in love takes a great deal of humility, and that required him to bring a self-deprecating quality to his performance, "you learn about your faults and how to overcome them if the relationship means that much to you."
Victor Webster has admitted in several interviews that his biggest fear in accepting the role of Cupid was the possibility that he would be forced to wear diapers
onscreen, and joked that he would be asking for one million dollars per episode if that were the case. When asked in an interview if he would be wearing Cupid's iconic diaper and wings
for the role, Webster quipped, "Big safety pins down the side" before explaining that he would in fact be "dressed very dapper -- suits, button-down shirts, sports coats." Neither Coop nor the earlier Cupid who appeared in Season Two's "Heartbreak City
" conform with traditional cupid stereotypes such as diapers and bow and arrow; when questioned by the Charmed Ones as to why he was not a "chubby baby
", the earlier Cupid asked them why they did not have "warty chins, hooked noses and pointy hats."