Webster Loves Being 'Cupid' on 'Charmed'
The former Superman contender is drawn into Alyssa Milano's orbitLOS ANGELES --
"I'm not the Cupid," he says, on his second day of work on the show. "I'm one of the Cupids. It's a clan of Cupids, I guess. I'll be honest with you. I have no idea what's going on with my character. I haven't been let in on any information. I'm looking forward to it all unfolding and seeing what happens."
Since he goes by "Coop," one can then assume this Cupid doesn't go the diaper-and-wings route?
"Big safety pins down the side," quips Webster. "No, they have me dressed very dapper -- suits, button-down shirts, sports coats."
Cupid makes his first appearance in the Sunday, Feb. 26, episode, called "Engaged and Confused," which also looks to feature a wedding scene for youngest good-witch Halliwell sister Paige (Rose McGowan).
Unattached middle sister Phoebe (Alyssa Milano) -- whose past loves have included Julian McMahon ("Nip/Tuck," "Fantastic Four"), Eric Dane (a.k.a. Dr. Mark "McSteamy" Sloan on "Grey's Anatomy"), Nick Lachey ("Newlyweds") and Jason Lewis (the upcoming "The Life and Death of Bobby Z") -- worries about a strange man following her, then discovers that it's actually Cupid.
"So far," Webster says, "I have made my introduction. I told her that I would help her find true love, so that she could have the child she was promised. So maybe she'll be having a baby. Maybe she won't. I have no idea."
Of course, this being "Charmed," it's quite possible that Coop and Phoebe could be the ones winding up hand-in-hand.
"If I was to speculate," Webster says, "that could be an interesting story."
Either way, Webster figures that just being around Milano could be lucky. "Alyssa was saying she has the Midas touch. Julian McMahon went to 'Nip/Tuck,' good things are happening for Nick Lachey and Jason Lewis ... ."
As for Milano, who first gained fame as a child actor on "Who's the Boss?", Webster can't say enough. "She's got the biggest heart. She is very open and friendly to everybody. She treats everybody like family. She's extremely talented. So far, I've had a really good experience. It's just like walking onto a set that you've been working on for a year.
"Alyssa was basically born on her mark. You would think that sometimes that would have a tendency to screw with your head or to cause you to be standoffish or not such a people person, but it's completely the opposite. Not only is she not that, but she's the polar opposite of that.
"She knows the names of everybody's kids, 'How you doing?' 'How's your dog?' just the history of everybody. She really cares."
In the syndicated "Mutant X," Webster played a genetically altered human who could manipulate electricity. In "Charmed," he's a full-on mythological character, but emphasizes that he can't play it that way.
"For me," he says, "it's to play it as real as possible, as a real person. If you get into the mythological character and you start playing it otherworldly, it just comes off weird. I think he would just be a regular guy. He'd be very charming. He'd be very confident. Let's say he wasn't Cupid, let's say he's a master of love, what would he have? That's how I start looking at it.
"I think he'd have a great sense of humor, sense of style. He can probably dance and cook and tell good jokes, be a lot of fun, have a lot of positive energy, want to lift you up. Obviously he would take great care of himself. He would look immaculate the whole time."
It's hard to know whether Webster has all these attributes in real life, but he is into the martial arts and all kinds of sports, and he's handy. Before he broke his foot in a motorcycling accident six months ago -- he's well on the road to full recovery now -- Webster says, "I was working at my house all the time. Right now I'm building a pergola in front and a deck in the back.
"I used to work in construction. I've done so many jobs. I did most of the work on my house. But when I broke my foot, I brought guys in. I can't carry big beams or climb up ladders now, so there are people working at my house, but I'm pretty much designing everything and supervising."
Webster doesn't, though, think he has a future as a celebrity carpenter. "God forbid," he says. "I'm not that good with a megaphone."