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    Sealing her spot in the limelight this year with an Academy Award, and now controlling a team in the first female-led spinoff of CBS’s most popular series, Patricia Arquette plays Avery Ryan, an FBI cyber psychologist on CSI: Cyber. Playing the feisty special agent, Arquette says that the show is a bit different. “We’ve seen a cop with a gun and known murder for decades, and there are cases of murder on this first series, but there are other kinds of crimes,” she notes, adding that the crimes themselves have evolved and become more chilling. “This is what criminals are doing, and we as a public don’t even know what they’re capable of. So I think it’s pretty exciting and terrifying to know what it is,” Arquette explains, saying it is like educating oneself.
    As Ryan, her character is maternal but can be a bit strict. “She has this ability to be cold and observant of people, but then also be warm with people at different times. She’s a complicated person,” says the Oscar-winner (for her role in Richard Linklater’s acclaimed Boyhood). Smart, with good instincts, Arquette feels that the show has come in at just the right time. “I think this is perfect timing. Sometimes people say ‘Oh your shows are ripped from the headlines?’ Not really, but sometimes we’ll be in the middle of a show and then the story will come out. These guys are working with law enforcement. They’re working with specialists in the field, writing stories ahead of news cycles about what people know and are capable of doing.”
    Her character is based on cyber psychologist Mary Aiken, in the way that she profiles people who are in the technology sector of crime. “It is really different than regular criminals on the street. Their tool – the whole tool kit is different. Aiken has also helped the White House, helped Interpol and dealt with child and sex trafficking; she’s done important things on Earth,” Arquette claims, elaborating that she finds the jargon tough! “All this techno speak was so hard to do. Luckily these kids are a bit better than I am at it,” she jokes.
    The series begins in India with an unusual kidnapping which could be a frightening episode for parents, warns the actor. It also stars James Van der Beek, Peter MacNicol, Charley Koontz, and Hayley Kioko. Watch out for Arquette’s sister, Rosanna, in a guest role soon.
    Starts June 13, at 10 pm on AXN.


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