Zima is an American actress. She is known for portraying Grace Sheffield
on the CBS sitcom The Nanny (1993–1999), Mia Lewis on the Showtime comedy
drama series Californication (2007–2011), and Gretchen Berg on the NBC
series Heroes (2009–2010).
From 1993 to 1999 she played the role of Grace Sheffield on the television
show The Nanny throughout all of its six seasons. In 2007 and 2008 Zima
played Mia Lewis, a sexually precocious and conniving 16-year-old, on the
first two seasons of the series Californication and overall appeared at
the series' episodes from 2007 to 2011. In promotion of Mia's book,
Fucking & Punching, Zima starred in several Californication webisodes that
are featured on YouTube. From 2009 to 2010, Zima joined the cast of Heroes
as Gretchen Berg, Claire Bennet's quirky bisexual roommate and tentative
Zima has also become known for her work in films such as The Hand That
Rocks the Cradle, A Cinderella Story, Dimples, Looking for Sunday, Once in
a Very Blue Moon, Pretty Little Devils and The Collector.
Zima appeared as a guest star on several TV shows including Law & Order,
JAG, and Touched by an Angel. She also guest starred in an episode of The
Vampire Diaries, and in two episodes of the 2017 Twin Peaks revival
playing Tracey Barberato. In 2012, she was cast in a co-starring role in
the ABC drama pilot Gilded Lillys, though the series was ultimately not
picked up by ABC.