Coverboy: Luke

Budding globalist and crafty creator

Photography by Julian Vankim
Published on March 31, 2012, 4:43am | Comments

Growing up in the relatively rural Shenandoah Valley, Luke now lives in Alexandria and is appreciating that the world is his oyster. ''My last trip was Spain for a month,'' he says. Back at home, he's enjoying his front-desk job at a local gym and earning his degree in global health and nutrition, which is on track for the end of the year. Beyond fit and smart, Luke is also handy. ''I like to make things," he says. "Gardening, cooking, building furniture – anything that involves creativity.'' And though he prefers a quiet dinner to clubbing or bars, you might run into him at Nellie's.

What's on your nightstand?
I don't have a nightstand yet. I need to build one. I've drawn up a couple things.

Then where do you keep condoms and lube?
I keep them hidden, but within arm's reach.

What are your television favorites?
Anything that makes me laugh. Modern Family, Parks and Rec, The Office, 30 Rock, South Park, Squidbillies.

What was your favorite cartoon when you were a kid?
I really liked Eureeka's Castle, though it's not really a cartoon.

What superhero would you be?
I'd have to pass on that. I've never thought about it.

Well, which super abilities would you like?
The ability to be right all the time? [Laughs.] No. Invisibility.

Who's your greatest influence?
I take after my mom a lot. Or acting classes. They make you do a lot of thinking about why you do things, and asking why leads to a lot of other things.

What's your greatest fear?
Spiders. And police. I get so many tickets.

Pick three people, living or dead, who you think would make the most fascinating dinner guests imaginable.
Sarah Palin is really interesting. Maybe Beethoven. And I've always wanted to know what Napoleon was like.

What would you serve?
I make really good chicken Marsala. And something to get them intoxicated.

How would you describe your dream guy?
Dark features, great smile. Witty, sharp, great sense of humor. Not opposed to a family.

Define good in bed.
That's a secret best kept for personal experience.

Who should star in a movie about your life?
I get Michael Cera a lot, but I wouldn't choose him. I can't think of anyone.

Who was your first celebrity crush?
Probably Mario Lopez.

Who gets on your nerves?
Anyone that's cocky.

If your home was burning, what's the first thing you'd grab while leaving?
I'd probably save the pets.

What's your biggest turn-on?
Someone that's graceful, a little mysterious, keeps you wanting more.

What's your biggest turn-off?
Again, anyone just cocky and self-absorbed.

What's something you've always wanted to do but haven't yet tried?
I really want to do the trapeze class in Southwest.

Coverboy: Luke

Coverboy: Luke

(Photo by Julian Vankim)

What's something you've tried that you never want to do again?
Basketball. I suck at basketball.

Boxers, briefs or other?
It depends on what I'm wearing. Sometimes I don't wear anything.

Who's your favorite musical artist?
I really like bossa nova, but that's a genre.

What's your favorite website?

Where's the most unusual place you've had sex?
I'm not going to answer that.

Are you really private, or do these questions just seem undignified?
What happens in the bedroom stays with that person.

What position do you play in the big baseball game of life?
If you get to know me, it's not hard to answer.

What's your favorite retail store?
Club Monaco.

What's the most you'll spend on a haircut?

What about on shoes?
Like $100.

What's your favorite food to splurge with?
Pizza. I could eat pizza every day, all kinds.

What's your favorite season?
Anything but winter. Spring tends to be my favorite.

What kind of animal would you be?
A cat. They do whatever the hell they want.

What kind of plant would you be?
Something protected – a redwood. But Venus flytraps are kind of cool.

What kind of car would you be?
Probably a BMW 135 convertible, red.

What are you most grateful for?
I'm really grateful for my friends and family.

What's something you want more of?
More time to do things.

State your life philosophy in 10 words or less.
Life's too short to be hung up on the little things.

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