Zima joins 'Heroes' for recurring role

Actress to play multiepisode arc

"Heroes' " Claire Bennet is off to college.

The indestructible high school cheerleader will soon be hitting the books on a college campus where she will cross paths with a quirky student played by Madeline Zima.

"Californication" co-star Zima has been tapped to recur on the NBC drama's upcoming fourth season.

In a multiepisode arc she will play Gretchen, an edgy outsider and college roommate to Claire (Hayden Panettiere).

Zima, who next appears in the feature "My Own Love Song" opposite Renee Zellweger and Forest Whitaker, is repped by ICM and Framework.