Julianne Moore and Tom FordJulianne Moore Lavishes Praise on Director Tom Ford: “Incredibly, Incredibly Meticulous”

Julianne Moore says acclaimed designer Tom Ford doesn’t just have a masterful fashion sense: the role of film director is also a perfect, elegant fit. Moore, who co-stars with leading man Colin Firth in Ford’s much anticipated directorial debut A Simple Man, told PEOPLE at the Hollywood Film Festival’s Hollywood Awards that the former Gucci designer’s renowned aesthetic sense and attention to detail was critical in creating the film’s stylish storytelling and lavish production design. “Tom is incredibly, incredibly meticulous and has a work ethic like nothing I’ve ever seen,” Moore explained. “He works very, very hard and is always very prepared and cares about every tiny detail.” The film, based on the Christopher Isherwood novel, is set in the early 1960s, and Ford recruited the award winning production design team from Mad Men to create a textured environment that painstakingly evoked the era. Moore, who’s long worn Ford-created fashions, said she was just as eager to let him tailor her performance. “Tom and I have been friends for a really long time and he always wanted to make a movie” she explained. “It was one of those things where one day he had the script and he sent it to me and asked me to do it. I loved the part. I love the film, but I LOVED the part and I’m really impressed with him. This is an amazing accomplishment and I’m very happy to have been included in it.” The actress and Firth are already generating awards buzz for their performances, and Moore said she thinks this won’t be Ford’s only foray into film-making. “I think he really enjoyed himself making the movie,” she said. “He really had a wonderful time and I’m sure he’ll direct more films.”–Scott Huver

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