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Zoe Luper
Zoe
Jeffrey Carlson as Zoe Luper
All My Children
Portrayed by Jeffrey Carlson
Current status Former; Recurring
Duration 2006-07
First appearance August 23, 2006
Last appearance April 26, 2007
Cause/reason Left Town
Created by Megan McTavish
Profile
Nickname(s) Zarf
Gender Female
Occupation Singer
Rock star (early-glam style)
Residence London
Relationships
Parents Marje Luper
Bill Luper
Romances Bianca Montgomery


Zoe Luper is a fictional character portrayed by actor Jeffrey Carlson on the ABC daytime drama All My Children. Zoe is perhaps the first transgender television character depicted at the beginning of male-to-female transition and coming out. The character debuted in August 2006 as Zarf, an English rock star who presents as male. Zarf/Zoe returned during the period of November 29, 2006 to April 26, 2007.

Zoe was created by All My Children head writer Megan McTavish. She was inspired by TransGeneration (2005), a documentary-style reality series about transgender students at US universities.

Storylines

Internationally known rock star Zarf agreed to sign on as a spokesperson for Fusion cosmetics after meeting with Babe Chandler and Josh Madden. He suddenly showed up in town shortly before Simone was murdered, and his coincidental appearance made him an interesting suspect when the others suspected he had supplied Simone with the drugs that had killed her.

Zarf didn't kill Simone, but he was harboring another secret -- two, actually. The first was that he was smitten with Bianca Montgomery. The second was something much more personal. Bianca, a lesbian, was reluctant to go out on a date with Zarf, but she relented as New Year's Eve 2006 approached. When Zarf showed up wearing a dress and makeup, Bianca was furious and lashed out at Zarf for making a mockery of her sexuality. Zarf explained that what Bianca saw in front of her was the real Zarf. Zarf felt as though he'd been born into the wrong body -- he wanted to be a woman.

Over the next months, Zarf started to transition to living his life as a woman named Zoe. Bianca and Zoe grew closer and left for Europe together. Life on the road, though, made Zoe want to be her former rock star persona and she and Bianca eventually grew apart.

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