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LOS ANGELES — It’s not every day you come upon an actor who made it to Hollywood by way of Cleveland, Cambridge and Christian Dior. But that’s just how 24-year-old Trent Ford landed here during the annual feeding frenzy known as...

After earning his degree, he hung around London, where he styled photo shoots and did hair and makeup — an admission he follows immediately with "I know, a straight guy who does makeup." He also found work at Christian Dior designing jewelry for two seasons.

Given his work experience, he has considerably more to say than the average male about fashion. "I’m always going to be a whore for finely cut suits and nice shirts," he says, adding that he likes his clothing "organic. If you could take Galliano and let him live in an oak forest for about three years, that’s where I’d like to be. There are far too many frayed jeans in this city that aren’t frayed by the people who wear them." But alas, the frugal lifestyle of a starving designer wasn’t for him, so about a year ago, he gave up. "I rolled up my sleeves and came out to L.A. to play with the big boys," he says.

These days, he’s busy auditioning for various "next big thing" roles in pilots and films. It seems unlikely that Ford will slow down anytime soon, but he insists it’s a possibility. "I got a pretty lucky roll of the dice. In a year I got really poor, booked a film, got rich, got poor again, got on the ‘West Wing,’ and booked a couple more parts," he says. "Now it looks like things might settle down."
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