Isla Fisher has praised Tom Ford as a ''genius'' filmmaker.

The 40-year-old actress stars in the fashion designer's latest movie 'Nocturnal Animals' and was impressed with his directing skills.

She told the Sunday Telegraph's Stella magazine: ''He is a genius with great panache, who is unflappable. Everyone who works with him falls in love with him.''

These days Isla, who has children Olive, eight, and Elula, six, and their eighteen-month-old son Monty, with her husband Sacha Baron Cohen, is quite picky about her roles and limits her career to ''one film a year''.

She said: ''I'm lucky enough to be able to stay at home and be with my family. I used to devour every script, but now I'm focused on my family life, which has brought me so much satisfaction in a deep way.

''My husband only makes a movie every three years, so we're together all the time.''

However, she still loves acting and is ''positive'' about the future of the industry.

She explained: ''I still love acting. It's the greatest form of escapism.

''I'm very optimistic. Things are changing for women - but it feels like every time there's a female-driven piece of material [such as 'Bridesmaids'] that does well, everybody acts surprised.

''I can't compute why, when 50 per cent of the population is female, studios wouldn't want to actively try to get that audience.''