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Jerrica Benton
Jerrica

Full Name

Jerrica Benton

Gender

Female

Affiliation

Starlight Foundation

Job

Manager of The Holograms

Voiced By

Samantha Newark (Regular Voice), Britta Phillips (Singing Voice)

Jerrica Benton is the beautiful owner of the Starlight Foundation and co-owner of Starlight Music alongside her little sister, Kimber. Her alter-ego is the popular rock star Jem.

Biography

Jerrica is really good at hard work and she writes reports and manages the Holograms. But she does too much because she's so busy and hardworking she does too much so she becomes hard to talk to and a little bit boring to everyone else which is really a shame. Through the series shes becomes more and more serious and never lightens up. Every one likes Jem better except the Misfits who hate Jem more than Jerrica. I like Jerrica though. 

Jerrica liked Eric and tried to use him to make Rio jealous but in the end everyone hated Jerrica but later it was fine and Eric slapped her and later Jerrica slapped Eric. Jerrica is portrayed as a hardworking person, but can easily be stressed by her circumstances. And it usually happens if she is over worked, or something just doesn't go her way. But she is a good person. As stated by Rio, she is very reliable and usually goes to great lengths to help anyone in trouble of any kind, often resolving financial and emotional crises for complete strangers. (Revealed in the episode: Starbright Falling Star: Part 1) In the cartoon series, Jerrica frequently struggles with the emotional conflict arising from her double life as Jem. She can't tell anyone about her secret identity, because they might try to use it to hurt the people she love. The renown her alter-ego receives for her good deeds, Jem's life as a pop star, and the physical endeavors of simultaneously maintaining both identities, all put strain on Jerrica. Jerrica nonetheless defends Jem whenever negative feelings about her are voiced, particularly to quick-tempered, often fickle Rio. Jerrica also experiences anxiety about revealing her secret identity as Jem to Rio, worried about his possible reaction to not only having been deceived, but discovering that his romantic indecision has been over the same girl. It was seen in the episode "Out of the Past" that she was very shy when she was a teenager, especially towards towards Rio.

Early Life

At age 10, Rio and his family moved in next door. To her surprise, Rio came over that same day to help her father, Emmet Benton, in the garage. Jerrica and Kimber spied on them, and Jerrica developed feelings for him immediately, often blushing and getting shy whenever he was around. Rio was the first of Jerrica's friends until Aja moved in when she was 12. Jerrica and Kimber took a strong dislike from the first sight of her, not knowing she was a foster child until their mother, Jacqui Benton, told them. Later that year, Shana moved in with them and became Jerrica's friend despite her shyness toward her and her family. During that period, a treehouse was made for all of the girls. Jacqui took the girls to the treehouse and they made a friendship pledge, afterwards sealing the pact with lemonade.

When Jerrica was still 12, her mother died in a plane crash. A month later, the other girls (Aja, Kimber, and Shana) and her begged for Emment to not send the foster girls away. Afterwards, Deirdre and 3 other Starlight Girls had moved in.

Later at age 17 and 18, Jerrica's father hired a assistant named Eric Raymond, whom Jerrica had a little crush on. She used Eric as a way to make Rio jealous when he returned from engineering school for the summer. Jerrica regretted it very quickly, and it took her two weeks to thaw Rio out.

Later when her father died, Jerrica got a pair of pretty red star earrings (known as the JemStar earrings) and met the hologram, Synergy. Synergy showed them the equipment Jerrica's father had secretly been working on and left to his daughters, which included various costumes, music equipment and the supercomputer/synthesizer that ran Synergy. These items combined led to Jem and the Holograms becoming extremely popular rock stars and a future that featured plenty of glamour, glitter, fashion and fame. Jerrica also cares about everyone and their problems, like in the episode "Alone Again" where Jerrica would never give up on Laura with her problems.

In the beginning of the series, after the death of her father, Jerrica must try to stop Eric Raymond by realizing her true destiny of being Jem. After her house burned down by one of Eric's thugs, Jerrica and the Holograms try to move into the mansion promised to the winners of the Battle of the Bands. In the "Battle of the Bands" episode, Jem and the Holograms win the battle, get to stay in Starlight Mansion, and Jerrica has earned back Starlight Music.

Appearance

Even through Jerrica wears different outfits throughout the series ,she is best noticeable with her blue and white striped dress, with a white belt and blue heels. In the early concept of the series, she had a weird chunky styled hair and wore a blue and pink striped dress, with a red belt and blue heels. But they changed her appearance to better represent the Jem doll line.

Songs sung by Jerrica

Trivia

  • Jerrica is shown to have been a "Mommy's Girl", grieving over her mother's death more than her father's. In Out of the Past, it was revealed that she was attracted to Eric when she was 17 and used it to make Rio Jealous.
  • Jerrica has revealed she is Jem twice in the series:
  • Jerrica starts to feel jealous of Jem once she realizes that Rio has begun to show interest in her rock persona, more-so then her normal self. This is interesting as Jerrica undergoes no personality change as Jem, and is fully aware of her own romantic advances.
  • Jerrica used to possibly have feelings for Eric. She also onced used him to try and make Rio jealous as shown in a flashback while reading her father's old diary when they where going in some boxes.
  • She reveals that she used to be a Girl Scout in Island of Deception.
  • Jerrica is the executive manager of Starlight Music, a high power role for a girl in the 80's.
  • Jerrica's hair was in 5 different styles throughout the series.
  • It was said that Jerrica could be 21-25 years old.
  • Jerrica's catch phrase was I'll go get her, because she really is going to change into Jem, and she also has her most famous, "Showtime, Synergy!"
  • Jerrica has lived in two homes in the T.V show: Starlight House and Starlight Mansion.
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