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Sharon Benson is one of the main antagonists Soy Luna. She is a strict godmother to Ámbar Smith and a demanding boss to her personal secretary Rey. Sharon was bequeathed her wealth by her late sister and brother-in-law. She is accustomed to a certain lifestyle, so when she discovers that her niece, the rightful heir to the Benson fortune, is alive, she is determined to find out the truth.

She is portrayed by Lucila Gandolfo.

Personality

Sharon can be very bitter and cold at times, but she actually has good intentions with regard to her employees. She is saddened by Sol's presumed death, and tries to make sure the people all around her do not suffer the same fate. She's incredibly strategic and plans out her every step. She makes sacrifices for a better cause, and she is shown to be a risk-taker.

Sharon has incredibly high expectations for her goddaughter Ámbar Smith. This is shown when Ámbar receives second place in the skating competition and Sharon lightly scolds her, and again when she finishes first, telling her that she'll congratulate her when she wins. It's presumed she does that to offer the best for her goddaughter, something that she couldn't do for Sol in time. However, Ámbar takes this scolding to heart, suggesting that Sharon should be a little less cold towards her.

In Season 2, Sharon's father, Alfredo, says that Sharon was extremely disciplined and intelligent already as a child. She always displayed impeccable behavior and passed every test with flying colors. However, even then she was already very serious, slightly melancholic, and demanding, the latter set of traits being said to be inherited from her mother. In addition, Alfredo called Sharon the opposite of her sister Lili.

Character History

Early Years

Sharon and her sister Lili used to be very close when they were young. They stayed close until Sharon began to envy Lili for all the things she had. Their mother died when they very young, and their father, out of sorrow, shut everyone out and traveled often to avoid being home. He also started treating the sisters differently, favoring Lili over Sharon. Sharon claims that Alfredo only had eyes for Lili and Sharon was left in her younger sister's shadow.

Before the show

When Sharon and Lili were about Ámbar's age they both were in love with the same man, Bernie Benson. Bernie chose Lili, and Sharon felt like her sister stole him from her, as Sharon met Bernie first. At some point, Sharon studied abroad in Paris. It is said that Sharon enjoyed singing opera and possibly worked as an opera singer.

After Lili and Bernie got married, the couple along with Sharon moved into the mansion and were later joined by Lili's newborn daughter Sol. Sharon was very fond of her niece and would speak lovingly to the baby in her cradle. One day, Bernie filmed Lili with Sol, which sparked an argument between the two. Bernie told Sharon that he loved her, but only as a friend, which caused Sharon to storm out as she thought he was only saying that to get her to stop hating Lili. Two years later, Lili found a letter from Sharon that professed her love for Bernie. Lili confronted Sharon, and the sisters got into an argument. Lili tripped and grabbed onto a curtain as she fell down. The curtain fell into the fireplace and started a fire that spread throughout the house. The fire took the lives of Lili, Bernie, and, presumably, Sol.

After the fire, Sharon changed her surname to Benson to honor their memory. She inherited the Benson fortune and everything that Bernie owned. Later, she adopted Ámbar Smith since her mother was too young to raise her. Sharon, however, told everybody that Ámbar was simply her goddaughter. She renovated the mansion and moved in with the young Ámbar. Some time later, she hired Rey as her personal secretary and Amanda as her maid. It is suggested that Sharon saved the two from vulnerable situations.

At some point, she became friends with Maggie, as Maggie says that Sharon and her were best friends.

Shortly before the show, Sharon had just vacationed in New York with Ámbar and Rey and took ownership of the Cancún mansion

Season 1

She arrives in Cancún on a layover with her goddaughter Ámbar, and her secretary Rey. When she tastes Mónica's cooking, she offers her a job in Buenos Aires. Back in Buenos Aires she finds out that her, previously presumed deceased, niece Sol may have survived the fire which killed her sister and brother-in-law. Sharon is especially concerned, because if Sol, the rightful heir to the Benson fortune, is found before her eighteenth birthday, Sharon loses everything. She tasks Rey with finding out the truth. Rey's investigation takes longer than expected, which causes Sharon to become more and more anxious and demanding. She doesn't want to accept the truth at first, but she is eventually convinced that her niece is alive.

Season 2

In the second season, her father moves back into the Benson Mansion. She discovers that Luna Valente, the adopted daughter of her employees, is Sol Benson which causes her to temporary lose her mind. She soon hatches a plan to keep Luna from finding out the truth. She tries to convince everyone that Ámbar is Sol Benson, but in the end, her plan is futile as everyone discovers the truth. Sharon flees the country in the season finale, leaving Ámbar behind with the Valentes.

Season 3

She returns to Argentina to get revenge on the Valentes and her father for stealing "her" fortune. She starts using various wigs and aliases in order to not be recognized. As part of her plan, she hires her old friend Maggie to spy on the Valentes by having her pose as a housemaid. She tries to convince Rey to help her enact her revenge, but he only agrees under the condition that they are equal partners. After he finds out that Sharon also hired Maggie as a partner, he becomes furious because she didn’t tell him about her, but Sharon convinces them to work together. Throughout the season, she has meetings with Rey and Maggie to find out what is happening in the mansion.

In the series finale, Sharon is hospitalized due to another fire in the Benson mansion. She tearfully apologizes to Ámbar for being a bad influence on her, and finally ends her vendetta against the Valentes.

Trivia

  • Her style is elegant, and she is often seen wearing pearl necklaces and earrings.
  • She can sometimes be heard off-screen shouting for her employees.
  • She is pyrophobic, likely stemming from the fire that took the lives of her family members.
  • She is afraid of rats. This is revealed in Season 1/Episode 75, as she passes out when Rey tells her that Tino and Cato found rats in the Benson House.
  • Her relationship status was seldom discussed until Season 2/Episode 64, where her father revealed that she has never been married, nor in a relationship, as love for her died when Bernie, her first and only crush, died.
  • In the pilot for the UK dub of Soy Luna, she was voiced by Collen Daley.[1]

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References

  1. http://www.castingcallpro.com/uk/actor/profile/colleen-daley-1
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