Jody Foster is the epitome of professionalism, says director Jonathan Demme. Foster stars as FBI agent Clarice Starling in Demme's upcoming thriller "Silence of the Lambs." "She's as no-nonsense and unneurotically focused on the work at hand as can be imagined," Demme says in Mirabella magazine, recalling a 3 a.m. visit to Foster's trailer during a late shooting sequence. "My knock was met with this crisp `Door's open, come in,' " he said. "There was Jodie sitting in a straight-back chair in her neat Clarice Starling wardrobe with the script open in her lap. She glanced at the door all bright-eyed and said, `What's up?' Me, I would have been sprawled out in there . . . I suddenly felt like I was staring at the best of the professionalism in the movie business." Lately Foster has been working on what will be her directorial debut, "Little Man Tate," the story of a child prodigy, but she hasn't lost her love of acting.