The Oscar-winning actress returns to CBS Wednesday to star a new drama

By Lynette Rice
Updated March 04, 2015 05:20 PM
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Still celebrating her Oscars win, Patricia Arquette opens up about the pressure Hollywood places on actresses. Subscribe now to learn why she refuses to change.

Before you go waving off CSI: Cyber as just another procedural on CBS, Patricia Arquette has this to say about the spinoff: This offers a whole new – and scary – way at looking at technology.

“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 about the drama that debuts Wednesday on CBS. “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.’ ”

“This show is looking at the world of technology in a way no show ever has,” continued Arquette, who just won her first Oscar for her supporting role in Boyhood. “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?’ ”

Inspired by real-life cyber psychologist Mary Aiken, CSI: Cyber stars the Oscar winner as special agent Avery Ryan, who heads up the cyber crime division of the FBI, the unit whose focus is solving illegal activities that live online.

If anything, the show could inspire parents to talk more with their kids about the potential dangers of technology.

“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.”

For more about Arquette, her new role on CBS and her Oscar win, pick up the latest issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands Friday