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.