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

Personality

Jerrica is portrayed as a hardworking person, but can easily be stressed by her circumstances. 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. In the cartoon series, Jerrica frequently struggles with the emotional conflict arising from her double life as Jem. 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.

Background

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 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 that ran Synergy. These items combined led to Jem and the Holograms becoming extremely popular rock stars and a future that featured plenty of glamor, glitter, fashion and fame. jerrica also cares about everyone and their problems like in they episode alone again jerrica whould never give up on laura with her problems

Songs sung by Jerrica without being Jem

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 filly aware of her own romantic advances.
  • Jerrica used to possibly have feelings for Eric. She also used him to try and make Rio jealous as shown in a flashback.
  • She reveals that she used to be a girl scout in Island of Deception.
  • Jerrica is a the executive manager of Starlight Music, a high power role for a girl in the 80's

in the early season of jem of the holograms jerrica had diffrent hair

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