Katie Thurston's Bachelorette season is buzzing right along. After Katie made her ~memorable~ entrance on Matt James' season of The Bachelor, she was clearly destined for TV greatness and romance. It's only the beginning of her journey to find love, but all anyone can talk about is her first impression rose recipient.
Greg Grippo, 28, immediately stole the spotlight. (He was 27 during filming and just celebrated his 28th birthday.) Once he gave Katie that pasta necklace, that was it. Greg walked out with the first impression rose and made fans across the country fall in love with him (and maybe Katie, too!). He's holding onto the attention with the first one-on-one date of the season, too.
Greg is clearly shaping up to be a serious contender for Katie’s heart. Here’s your complete guide to Greg on and off The Bachelorette:
Greg is from New Jersey.
Yep, he hails from the Garden State. Greg is from Edison, New Jersey, per his ABC bio. He also played basketball in high school, and he's still pretty sporty today. His perfect first date ideas are riding bikes together, going dancing, or seeing a concert. So if he does end up with Katie, she'll have to keep up!
He's recently employed and works in marketing.
After studying business and marketing at Saint Michael's College in Vermont, Greg found a job last year as an account manager at Mondo, a marketing staffing agency. Before that, he was an account executive at Melaleuca, a wellness company. While he might not have years of experience in the industry, he's climbing the ladder fast!
Greg is a total dog person.
Greg loves a good selfie with his dog, Dal. “Quarantine day 2: Dal has had enough of me and my rom coms,” he captioned an older Instagram post. (Tbd on whether Katie and her cat Tommy can deal with that.)
Family is Greg's first priority.
Greg wants to be a dad, and he's had plenty of practice hanging out with younger nephews and other family members. He's learned a lot about what he wants in a wife and future fam from watching his parents (#romancegoals).
Whether he's posting throwback photos of his parents or showing off the newer members of the Grippo family tree, Greg makes it clear that family is his biggest priority. As he follows Katie through her Bachelorette journey, it's a safe bet that the kids question will pop up once or twice.
Katie thought he was "endearing" on night one.
Katie was smitten with many of her 30 suitors that night. “I mean, I was just so excited that I had a great group of guys and, you know, deciding who to give that to was a little challenging at first, but also I was relieved to have that feeling of ‘this is a good group,’” she told Women’s Health in an exclusive interview. “You want that problem when you start.”
But Greg caught her attention right away. “What I loved about Greg is he was just true to himself, which was this very nervous, very uncomfortable guy,” Katie told Us Weekly. “He didn’t try and act cool or, like, be this guy that he’s not. He was just like, ‘This is me and I’m really freaking scared.’ And I thought it was really endearing, you know?”
Katie also said she saw some serious potential in Greg. “And I could tell as long as he opened up, there was something more there,” she said, per Us Weekly. “And so I thought, you know, giving him the first impression rose would give him that validation of, ‘I’m into you. Let’s figure this out.’”
Greg scored an outdoorsy one-on-one date with Katie.
Katie chose Greg for her first one-on-one date. The promo shows Greg and Katie driving into the middle of nowhere in a truck and carrying some pretty hefty backpacks.
Greg auditioned for Clare’s season but didn’t make the cut.
Greg was originally supposed to be a contestant on Clare and Tayshia’s Bachelorette season in 2020, but he didn’t make it through, reports Us Weekly. Maybe that just means he and Katie were meant to be all along?
Greg is a hopeless romantic, and his bio proves it.
Greg is serious about finding someone to settle down with, according to his ABC bio.
"Greg is the full package. He's handsome, kind, vulnerable and serious about wanting to settle down. Greg considers himself a hopeless romantic, and a perfect first date would be something active like riding bikes, dancing or going to a concert. Greg wants to travel the world with his wife before having kids, of which he says he wants to have at least six! Greg is also extremely close with his family and says his parents set his definition of #romancegoals. Thanks to their love, the standards for what a successful marriage looks like are sky high. Greg wants to find someone he can grow old with and treat like a queen, so the Bachelorette may just be swept off her feet!"
At the very least, he definitely sounds like he's in it for the long haul!
Twitter loves Greg, FYI.
Greg didn’t just make a splash in New Mexico—he also took over Twitter! Fans were raving about how wholesome Greg was and how happy he seemed during his one-on-one time with Katie.
There were Tweets to congratulate Greg on winning Katie over so quickly: “GREG GOT THR FIRST IMPRESSION ROSE!!!,” one fan Tweeted.
For some, Greg made the entire season worth watching. “me: I’m not even excited to watch the bachelorette anymore also me, an hour and a half in and three years deep on Greg’s Instagram,” a viewer commented.
And, of course, there were some pretty great thirst Tweets, like this gem:
Some Tweets even hinted that Greg might make an excellent star of his own season: “Not me already rooting for Greg to be the next bachelor,” another wrote.
Katie Thurston is clearly into Greg, and I can see why.
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