Veteran actor Richard Jenkins plays gay in his latest role in director Guillermo Del Toro's The Shape of Water.

The 70-year-old Jenkins is best known for playing deceased patriarch Nathaniel Fisher in HBO's drama Six Feet Under.

In Shape of Water, Jenkins plays Giles, a closeted commercial artist and the best friend and neighbor of Elisa Esposito (played by Sally Hawkins). Set in 1961 Baltimore, the film follows Elisa, a mute custodian at a high-security government installation who befriends a sea creature being held at the laboratory.

Jenkins told The Washington Blade that describing the film's plot is difficult.

ā€œI really enjoy listening to people trying to describe it, because it's really hard. It's a lot of things. It's a heist movie. It's a romance. It's a bit of a thriller. It's very funny in places,ā€ he said.

ā€œIt's an adult fairy tale. It's about love. The phrase that comes back to me when I think about this movie is 'love is love.' For me, that's the theme of the whole film,ā€ Jenkins added.

The movie won the Golden Lion at the Venice International Film Festival and leads the Golden Globes with seven nominations, including an acting nomination for Jenkins.