The Boyhood star calls her law-enforcement role on CSI: Cyber "an important, powerful position"

By Lynette Rice
Updated January 12, 2015 04:00 PM
Credit: Randee St. Nicholas/CBS

Patricia Arquette is generating loud Oscar buzz for her portrayal of an infinitely relatable divorced mom in Boyhood, but she isn’t solely focused on getting the gold these days.

Arquette – who won her first Golden Globe on Sunday for the independent film that took 12 years to film – is preparing for a March 4 television comeback in CSI: Cyber for CBS.

Arquette, 46, plays Special Agent Avery Ryan in the drama inspired by the technological work of real-life cyber psychologist Mary Aiken. Arquette’s character, who debuted last year on CSI, heads the Cyber Crime Division of the FBI, a unit that tracks and solves online illegal activity.

“Part of the reason I was drawn to this material was because CSI is the largest global franchise in the world. It’s connecting to audiences everywhere,” Arquette told reporters Monday in Pasadena, California. “To be a woman in law enforcement on TV is an important, powerful position for me to be in.”

Then again, so is being a shoo-in for an Oscar nomination. When asked what it’s like to straddle both film and TV, Arquette says she’s both humbled and extremely grateful.

“I feel like Superman and Clark Kent. I will be shooting [Cyber] half the day and then do press for Boyhood. I’m so fortunate to be working,” said Arquette, who last starred in Medium for CBS. “I like to entertain people. We made this little art movie that’s having an incredible reception. I’m very grateful for that. I’m having a beautiful moment in my life.”