The Oscar-winning actress wants viewers to know the show is different from its predecessors and that it offers an important look into the world of cyber crimes.
“We’ve known crime for a long time, but we haven’t known crime like this, and the truth is we have this technology incredibly enmeshed in our lives now,” Arquette told People magazine. “Crime has moved so much into this world of technology. It’s kind of like when the original CSI started. People didn’t really understand forensics. Now, if you say you have DNA evidence, it’s like, ‘Forget it. Good luck, buddy. You’re done.'”
CSI: Cyber premieres today on CBS. Arquette, who is fresh off her Academy Award win for her supporting role in Boyhood, added, “This show is looking at the world of technology in a way no show ever has. When I read the material as a regular person with a few devices, I was like, ‘Are you serious? That’s capable of that? People are really doing that?'”
CSI: Cyber is inspired by Mary Aiken, a real-life cyber psychologist, People reports. Arquette plays the protagonist, special agent Avery Ryan, who is head of the cyber crime division of the FBI, a group of investigators who stop online crimes.
More than anything else, Arquette said, she hopes the show will inspire parents to have open conversations about online safety with their kids, who are often especially vulnerable to becoming victims of cyber crime.
“I have this line in one of the episodes where I say, ‘No adult would ever let their child go outside and play with a 45-year-old stranger, but in these online gaming worlds they’re doing it everyday.’ It’s the truth,” Arquette said. “I’m not saying this is a show for 9-year-olds, but I think teens and pre-teens will probably watch this show, might get a little scared and realize why their mom is nagging at them to not do this or that. Maybe it’ll start a conversation, and I think awareness as a parent is always a good idea.”