|“||It's showtime, Synergy!||„|
|~ Jerrica when she's about to transform into Jem|
Jerrica Benton is the practical, hardworking manager and owner of the Starlight Foundation and co-owner of Starlight Music alongside her younger sister, Kimber. Her alter-ego is the glam metal rock star, Jem, the lead singer of the The Holograms and one of the main reasons why the Starlight Foundation is still strong to this day.
Jerrica Benton is the practical, hardworking manager and owner of Starlight Music and co-owner of Starlight Foundation. To her dismay, she is often seen as being "dependable", which she feels is another word for being "boring". Her alter ego is Jem and she struggles to keep her double life a secret throughout the series. She is kindhearted and will go through any lengths to help others, even if she barely knows them.
Jerrica becomes jealous of her alter ego as her boyfriend, Rio Pacheco, becomes more infatuated with Jem. Still, she refuses to let anyone badmouth her, and as Jem, she continues to be kindhearted and humble.
Jerrica is the eldest child of Emmet and Jacqui Benton and grew up with her sister Kimber at the Starlight House. At age ten, Rio and his family moved in next door to the Bentons and Jerrica developed a crush on him instantly. Aja became Jerrica's foster sister when they were twelve and Jerrica originally disliked her, although later they overcame their differences. Later that year, Shana moved in with them. Also in the same year, the Bentons built a treehouse for the girls and they made a pact to stay friends forever.
When Jerrica was still 12, she got angry at her mother for being away frequently from her family and she lashed out at her. That same day, Jacqui Benton died in a plane crash. A month later, Jerrica convinced her father to transform Starlight House to be a foster home. Afterward, Deirdre and three other Starlight Girls moved in.
When Jerrica was 17, her father hired Eric Raymond as an assistant and Jerrica developed a small crush on him. She used Eric to make Rio jealous, but she regretted it very quickly. Jerrica apologized to Rio, both made up and eventually started dating.
When her father died, he left a supercomputer/synthesizer for her, known as Synergy, which he built by himself, along with various costumes and musical equipment. Jerrica decided to form a band called Jem and The Holograms to take back Starlight Music away from Raymond, using her father's inventions.
After Starlight House was burned down by one of Eric's thugs, Jerrica and the Holograms propose to move into a mansion promised to the winners of a contest called "The Battle of the Bands". In the Battle of the Bands episode, Jem and the Holograms win the first prize, and with it, a mansion dubbed the Starlight Mansion, as well as Jerrica gaining back control over Starlight Music.
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. This appearance was later changed to better represent the Jem doll line.
- See: Jerrica/Gallery
- Jerrica is shown to have been closer to her mother, grieving over her more than her father's death.
- According to the Jem Bible, Jerrica can play guitar.
- Jerrica has revealed she is Jem three times in the series:
- In The Talent Search (Part 1), to Raya when she found out of her own accord.
- In The Presidential Dilemma, she revealed her secret to the President of the United States after capturing the Washington Marauder.
- In Journey to Shangri-La, she revealed herself to an old woman when she needed to know where Shangri-La was to save Pizzazz and Roxy.
- June 1st is Jerrica's birthday. Her Zodiac sign is Gemini, which is known for representing a dual personality.
- Jerrica starts to feel jealous of Jem once she realizes Rio has begun to show interest in her rock persona, more-so than her normal self. This is interesting, as Jerrica undergoes no personality change as Jem and is fully aware of her own, romantic advances.
- 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 woman in the '80s.
- Jerrica's hair was in 5 different styles throughout the series.
- It was said that Jerrica could be 21-25 years old.
- Jerrica has lived in two homes in the series, Starlight House and the Starlight Mansion.