Jacob Young as Rick Forrester
|The Bold and the Beautiful character|
|Portrayed by||Jacob Young (1997–99, 2011—)
Justin Torkildsen (1999–2006)
Kyle Lowder (2007–11)
(and child actors)
|First appearance||November 7, 1990|
|Created by||William J. Bell|
|The Young and the Restless|
|Occupation||CEO of Forrester Creations|
|Residence||Forrester Estate's Dependance
369 Willow Hill Road
Los Angeles, California 90210
Justin Torkildsen as Rick Forrester
Kyle Lowder as Rick Forrester
Eric "Rick" Forrester Jr. is a fictional character from the CBS Daytime soap opera The Bold and The Beautiful. He was introduced and born in 1990 as the son of Brooke Logan and Eric Forrester. Portrayed by several adult actors, he is most recognized as being portrayed by actor Jacob Young, who portrayed the role from 1997 to 1999, and returned on September 26, 2011.
Rick is known to being extremely jealous of Ridge Forrester and his relationship with Eric, and Ridge's position at Forrester Creations. He has been known to manipulate those close to his life, and also for seducing Ridge's daughters Phoebe and Steffy Forrester, even going as far as seducing their mother, Dr. Taylor Hayes in a twisted revenge plot against Ridge.
Casting and conception
The role was originated by child actor Jeremy Snider, who remained in the role from 1991 to January 1995. The character was aged to a teen with Steve Hartman from playing the role on a recurring basis from December 1995 to December 1997.
In December 1997, actor Jacob Young took over the role. He remained in the role of Rick until the fall of 1999, when the actor decided to leave the series. For his portrayal of Rick, he received a Daytime Emmy nomination In 1999 for Outstanding Younger Actor in a Drama Series.
Following Young's departure, the role was recast with then-unknown actor Justin Torkildsen. During Torkildsen's run, he holds the record for being the longest actor to portray Rick, holding the role from Fall 1999 to November 2006. In December 2006, it was announced that former star of the NBC Daytime series Days Of Our Lives, actor Kyle Lowder, known for his five-year portrayal of Brady Black, would join the cast in January 2007. Lowder remained with the series until in January 2011 when it was announced that Lowder and executive producer Bradley Bell had reached a mutual decision to write the character off due to lack of storyline and creative direction.
In September 2011, it was confirmed that original adult actor Jacob Young would reprise the role of Rick twelve years after departing the role. Since departing the series, Young went on to portray Lucky Spencer on ABC's General Hospital, and became most recognized as JR Chandler on All My Children, until the serial's end in September 2011. Young first began airing on September 26, 2011. When asked about how his return happened, Young stated:
|“||Brad [Bell, executive producer/head writer] contacted my manager and basically asked him if I would be interested in coming back and [said] that the character of Rick Forrester hadn't been the same since I left. He basically put it out there and that's how it started. My manager called me, we talked about it a bit and just kind of threw around some possibilities. They seemed excited. There have been times where some people from the production staff over there kind of dropped hints over the years, but I was very happy playing JR and being on ALL MY CHILDREN and living in New York and I really wasn't prepared to make that change. But now that there's uncertainty and change happening, it was pretty easy for me to be able to make that choice.||”|
Though originally intended to be a 13-week engagement, Young agreed to extend his stay. He further confirmed in interviews that he did not go onto the planned online version of All My Children due to the insecurity it could potentially have job-wise, something he would not have with his return to The Bold and the Beautiful.
Rick was born to Brooke Logan and Eric Forrester in 1990. He had a troubled childhood. He was bullied in school and suffered issues because of Brooke's relationship with Ridge Forrester (who he despised throughout his whole life). Rick's sister, Bridget Forrester was born a short time after him. Like her, he ran away from home on occasion.
When Rick's mother became engaged to a man named Grant Chambers, he was extremely unhappy. He shot Grant, but due to being disturbed by the event, he psychologically blocked out the memory. Ridge was initially jailed for the crime, although years later the truth was eventually revealed. When he was a young teen, Brooke hired a babysitter for Bridget and Rick (then played by Jacob Young), named Amber Moore (Adrienne Frantz). They had an affair, and married when Amber became pregnant. Her baby (Eric Forrester III) was stillborn, and it was unknown if Rick or a black man (whom Amber also slept with) named Raymond was the father. However, Amber tried to pass off her cousin's baby as Rick's. Eventually her lying was exposed and Rick left her. He later competed with a man named C.J for Amber (and Little Eric, the name she had given Becky's child who was her legal child)'s affection. He also stopped Amber and C.J from being married. Amber again later revealed she was pregnant again.
Rick also became close to a girl named Erica (later revealed to be the daughter of criminal Sheila Carter from The Young and the Restless), however Erica (having a bigger crush on him) never got to pursue a relationship with him, angering her mother. Erica was Little Eric's nanny for a short amount of time. She did attempt to seduce him though, however was unsuccessful as Rick was too focused on the pregnant Amber. In later years (after leaving Amber) he had a failed relationship with Caitlin Ramirez. In 2006, he left Los Angeles for Forrester Creations business.
Upon returning, Rick fell in love with Ridge's daughter Phoebe Forrester. When Phoebe refused to have sex with him, Rick cheated on her with Ashley Abbott, leading him and Phoebe to break up. Rick then became involved with Ridge's ex-wife and Phoebe's mother, Dr Taylor Hayes. When Taylor dumped him because of her unresolved feelings for Ridge, he and Ridge fought, and he was thrown off a building andparalyzed. In December 2008, Rick and Phoebe are in a car accident on the way to Ridge and Brooke's rehearsal dinner, and Phoebe dies. After Phoebe's death, Rick began seeing her sister Steffy Forrester at the same time he was being stalked by her brother Thomas Forrester. Steffy left him when it was revealed that he had only been with Phoebe, Taylor and Steffy to get back at Ridge, for whom he harbored a lifetime of resentment. Rick then faded to the background, spending a lot of time in Paris. Rick soon became intrigued by Jacqueline Payne Marone, and tried to woo her away from her husband, Owen Knight, even going so far as to propose, but Jackie remained true to her husband.
After spending extensive time in Paris, Rick moved back to Los Angeles in the fall of 2011 and immediately took a disliking of his sister Hope's fiancé, Liam Spencer, whose marriage to Rick's ex-fiancée Steffy Forrester recently ended. Rick then finds himself the object of ex-wife Amber Moore's affections and quickly resumes his relationship with her after she feeds him designs for a new Forrester line to label as his own. Brooke later hires a new designer, Caroline Spencer, to work with Rick. When Amber finds out, she becomes unnerved by the hiring and out of fear and jealousy, does everything she can to make sure Rick and Caroline do not become involved, in a professional or personal capacity. As part of her scheme, she begins to set it up to appear to Caroline that Rick is a cross dresser. When Caroline confides in Hope about her suspicions concerning Rick, Hope suspects that Amber may have something to do with it. When Rick realizes what Amber has done, he breaks off their relationship and makes it known to Caroline that he does not crossdress, putting Caroline's mind at ease.
Ridge names Thomas iterm CEO of Forrester Creations, instead of Rick, and Caroline begins to side with Rick against Thomas. Rick falls out of a window and accuses Thomas of pushing him and Caroline breaks up with Thomas. Rick taunts Thomas over Caroline dating him instead of Thomas and Thomas retaliates by using his position as interim CEO to work closely with Caroline and reassigns Rick to work with Hope on her Hope For the Future Line. Thomas comes up with a new plan to attract new and younger customers to Forrester Creations but Rick disagrees while Caroline is like's Thomas' ideas and Thomas agreess to donate some of the profits from the new line to Caroline's cancer research foundation. Caroline's feelings for Thomas resurface and they kiss. Hope sees the kiss and tells Caroline not to use her past relationship and feelings for Thomas in order to get ahead in the company. When Thomas' grandmother Stephanie Forrester dies and in a recorded DVD reveals that a legal loophole allowed her to change her will and give her 25% of Forrester Creations she put in an irrevocal trust for Thomas to Eric instead. This makes Eric CEO and ends Thomas and Steffy's plan to take majority control of Forrester Creations and Eric announces a fashion showdown between Rick, Caroline, and Hope and Thomas and Steffy and the winner will be Eric's protege.
Rick, wanting to score points with Caroline, reveals that he had his friend Othello, a DJ at a local nightclub, lie to Hope and say that Liam and Steffy were making out the night before his second wedding to Hope. A stunned Caroline tells Rick that everything she heard about him being manipulative and wanting to break up Thomas and Caroline is true, but Rick convinces her that he was only looking out for Hope. Caroline hears her uncle Bill Spencer, Jr. and Katie talking about Bill getting Hope's father Deacon Sharpe out of prison and secretly flying him to Italy to break up Hope and Liam's wedding. Caroline tells Rick, and they agree to talk to Brooke and Bill before they tell Hope the truth. Bill doesn't want Caroline and Rick to reveal anything and thinks Rick is only coming clean about his lies and deception in order to impress Caroline. Rick, with Caroline's support, reveals the truth to Hope, and she immediately is furious at her brother and tells Liam what she has learned. Rick and Thomas face off on the catwalk and the winners, chosen by Eric, are Rick, Hope, and Caroline. Eric then names Rick as the new president of Forrester Creations, making Thomas furious.
Eric is angry that Rick is not helping at Dayzee's so Rick starts volunteering at Dayzee's where he meets Maya Avant, an aspiring actress with whom he feels a strong connection with. Rick then starts spending most of his time at Dayzee's with Maya. When Caroline finds out about him being at Dayzee's, she feels rejected by Rick. This leads to Rick spending more time with Maya, who has no idea who he is. Rick takes Maya to a Forrester Creations boutique on Rodeo Drive where an employee recognizes him and Maya hears her cazll him "Mr. Forrester". Rick reveals that he is a Forrester and Maya is furious that Rick lied about his identity to her. The first quarter numbers come in at this time and they are terrible due to Rick's ideas. Thomas uses this to convince Eric to support Thomas' idea of going into new trends but during his presentation Brooke comes out in her lingerie and convinces Eric to relaunch the highly successful Brooke's Bedroom, which he approves of. On the personal front, Rick apologizes to Maya for deceiving her, and they decide to give their relationship another try, focusing on the present and not looking back at the past. They then take it to another level when they share a kiss. On the professional side of things, when Rick notices that Hope For The Future is in need of a new spokeswoman, he suggests Maya for the position, which she accepts. Rick then leaves Caroline for Maya, but they break up soon after. Caroline and Rick reconcile and they get married.
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