One of the things that’s made Rick happiest is losing himself – literally. Out of high school, the ”fat, funny, gay guy” decided two out of three was plenty. He kept funny and gay, but lost 85 pounds. ”There’s no secret. You eat healthy and you exercise,” he says. “It’s a lifestyle change.” And while he may look the part of the gym rat he is, you might not guess that he’s going to school for interior design. ”People ask me if I play football, but I learned to sew.” As the 22-year-old works toward that career, he’s living with his grandparents in Arnold, Md., and restoring cars with his dad. On his occasional trips into D.C., he likes to hit Cobalt.
What’s on your nightstand?
An Ikea magazine and a book called The Secret. It’s such a good book.
What’s in your nightstand drawer?
It’s actually an old 1950s telephone stand, really retro. There are no drawers.
Then where do you keep condoms and lube?
At my boyfriend’s house.
What are your television favorites?
Anything on HGTV, Food Network. My favorite show is Chopped.
What was your favorite cartoon when you were a kid?
What superhero would you be?
The Hulk. My mood can change quickly.
Who’s your greatest influence?
My mom, absolutely. She’s so supportive.
What’s your greatest fear?
I’m most afraid of not being successful.
Pick three people, living or dead, who you think would make the most fascinating dinner guests imaginable.
Britney Spears – I would turn straight for Britney – Lady Gaga, and probably Kathie Lee Gifford. She’s so funny.
What would you serve?
Cream of crab soup. My mom showed me how to make it.
How would you describe your dream guy?
Tall, dark and handsome. Broad shoulders, nice hands and teeth.
What makes hands nice?
Not small. Masculine, strong hands.
Define good in bed.
It’s more of a mental connection. The energy has to be right. You don’t have to think about it, and it’s just awesome.
Who should star in a movie about your life?
Who was your first celebrity crush?
Justin Timberlake. He was so cute.
Who gets on your nerves?
I hate Kanye West. I think he’s arrogant.
If your home was burning, what’s the first thing you’d grab while leaving?
My two dogs, Mia and Snow, a shih tzu and a poodle-Pomeranian mix.
What’s your biggest turn-on?
Jockstraps. You can put anybody in a jockstrap and it’s sexy.
What’s your biggest turn-off?
Bad breath. Forget it.
What’s something you’ve always wanted to do but haven’t yet tried?
I want to model.
What’s something you’ve tried that you never want to do again?
Boxers, briefs or other?
Yeah, and jockstraps.
Who’s your favorite musical artist?
What’s your favorite website?
Cars.com. I’m on there every day.
What’s the most unusual place you’ve had sex?
A graveyard on Halloween. It was creepy, but a real rush.
What position do you play in the big baseball game of life?
I’m the pitcher.
What’s your favorite retail store?
I’m not into clothes, so Ikea. I could spend hours in there.
What’s the most you’ll spend on a haircut?
I buzz my head myself, or get my mom to do it, so $25.
What about on shoes?
What’s your favorite food to splurge with?
Sushi. I love sushi.
What’s your favorite season?
Summer. Everybody’s outside doing something.
What kind of animal would you be?
A leopard. I think they’re sexy.
What kind of plant would you be?
What kind of car would you be?
An Audi Q5. Black. It’s compact, but still an SUV.
What are you most grateful for?
What’s something you want more of?
State your life philosophy in 10 words or less.
Life is a journey.