‘The Bachelorette’: Who is First Impression Rose Winner Luke Parker, and is He a Villain?

Ladies and gentlemen, it’s finally here. Hannah Brown’s season of The Bachelorette started last night and, boy, did it start with a bang.

For the first time ever, two of the Bachelorette’s friends, Demi Burnett and Katie Morton, sat in a surveillance van outside of the Bachelor mansion to watch what was going on inside and help Brown make good decisions.

Throughout the night, Brown met a number of men. Some were memorable and some faded into the background as soon as they got into the house. But one man stuck out to Brown more than the others and received the first impression rose. Let’s find out a little bit more about Luke Parker and who he really is.

Who is Luke Parker?

Parker was one of the men to get an intro video this season. Unfortunately for him, his video didn’t paint him in the best light. In the clip, Parker was shown working out shirtless.

“I think I’m a good looking guy,” he said. “When I was in college, a lot of the girls around me thought so too.”

He went on to say that he “definitely took advantage of that.”

Charming, right?

But, then, apparently something happened to Parker to change his player ways.

He took a shower.

“This emptiness overcame me and then I had an encounter with God,” he said.

“I was in the shower and God was speaking to me,” he said while showering. “I realized that I wasn’t the man that I wanted to be and I’ve been working on the husband that I want to be for my future wife.”

“I’m ready to get married,” the 24-year-old said.

His Instagram also backs up his Christian claims as his bio reads, “Jesus + Nothing = Everything || Philippians 4:13.”

Parker currently works as an import/export manager.

Why did Brown give Parker the first impression rose?

Parker made an impression on Brown from the first moment that he walked out of the limo. He growled on the roof of the car in a way that probably would have scared most Bachelorettes. But not Hannah Beast.

“I know you call yourself the Beast, but I’m king of the jungle,” he said. “I’m hoping we can change your title to ‘My Queen.'”

His entrance was cute but what really pushed Parker to the top of Brown’s list was what happened later in the night.

Not long into the night, it was revealed that Scott A. had a girlfriend. Brown was forced to send him home after a heated conversation where he used every trick in the book to try to weasel his way out of the situation.

Parker, seeing Brown distraught, went up and tried to comfort her.

“I wanted to step up and take initiative,” he said. “I just want to encourage you. I know it’s hard not to see someone here for the right reasons. I just want you to know that I am here for you. I’m not here to win a couple roses. I’m here to win your heart.”

Is Parker a villain?

As any Bachelor or Bachelorette fan knows, there is always a villain in every season. The villain is usually oddly a favorite of the lead and the enemy of everyone else in the house.

Previews of the rest of the season show that Parker just may fit that bill.

“Why does every single guy here dislike you?” Brown asks Parker in a promo clip.

In another clip, Mike J. calls Parker out on his less than stellar ways.

“We all know that Luke P. is an evil, pathological liar,” he says. “You’re violent, you’re aggressive, you are a psychopath.”

And then, we even see Parker lose his cool on a group date.

“I’ve been nothing but truthful, and you are not going to mess it up,” he screams at someone.

Naturally, Brown probably won’t figure out that Parker is the villain until way later in the season but at least it will make for interesting television.