Hope wasn’t the only one instantly charmed by Douglas Forrester on THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL — fans fell for the adorable little tyke, too! The character is currently being played by Henry Joseph Samiri in his acting debut, taking over for twins Abigail and Brielle Rivera, who portrayed Douglas as a baby. He was named after his great-grandmother, B&B legacy character Stephanie Douglas.
Douglas is the child of Thomas Forrester and Caroline Spencer, but there was much drama surrounding his birth in 2016. Caroline was in a relationship with Ridge Forrester at the time she got pregnant, but both because of the timing and because he’d had a vasectomy, she quickly realized Thomas was the babydaddy. She confessed to Ridge, who was devastated but agreed to raise the child as his own and keep Thomas in the dark. However, after Douglas was born, Katie learned the truth and convinced them to tell Thomas. He initially reacted badly, attempting to kidnap the boy, but eventually, Caroline talked sense into him and promised he’d be a part of the boy’s life.
After divorcing Ridge, Caroline reconnected with Thomas and they moved to New York with their son. However, Thomas returned in early 2019 with Douglas and the news that Caroline had tragically passed away from a sudden blood clot. Mourning the loss of his mother, Douglas quickly found comfort with Hope, who became a new mother figure in his life. Hoping to rekindle his relationship with Hope, Thomas used his son as a monkey wrench to toss into Hope and Liam’s marriage so he could have the blonde for himself. Heck, the dad even terrified his own son with a fake ghost just to make Hope even more protective of the boy!
Once he’d manipulated Hope into annulling her marriage to Liam, Thomas used Douglas to pop the question to her himself. Presented with a diamond ring from the adorable tyke as he asked her to marry his daddy and be his new mommy, it was impossible for her to say no! However, it was a short-lived union as Douglas overheard his daddy on the phone talking about how Baby Beth was still alive, and despite Thomas’ threats to stay quiet, the kid blabbed to everyone who would listen, including Hope!
With the truth about Beth revealed, and the baby girl reunited with parents Hope and Liam, everyone was grateful to Douglas for helping save the day. Unfortunately, the kid found himself once again being used by his father as Thomas prepared to marry Zoe Buckingham so that Douglas would protest the union and insist that he only wanted Hope to be his mommy! But at the ceremony, Hope revealed she knew about the plan and everyone turned their back on Thomas, including his own son! Later, Douglas made bride and groom shirts for Liam and Hope and officiated at an informal wedding ceremony of their own so he could finally have a proper family.
Still, Douglas enjoyed seeing his parents together, though it got a little awkward when Hope took him to his father’s apartment while Thomas was obsessed with a mannequin of Hope that started talking to him! Thankfully, Thomas had brain surgery to remove the tumor that was hurting him and Douglas was happy to be able to spend time with his dad again.
Stay tuned to see how Douglas’ story continues!