Richard Jenkins returns to his roots in DeKalb

DeKalb, Ill. (WIFR) - There was a very important guest in the final day of the Richard Jenkins Film Festival at the Egyptian Theatre in DeKalb: none other than Richard Jenkins himself.

One of DeKalb's most famous native sons, Jenkins won an Emmy for his role in the HBO movie "Olive Kitteridge". He was also nominated twice for a Best Supporting Actor Oscar; including this year for "The Shape of Water."

The versatile actor has also enjoyed some major roles in comedy: like "Step Brothers", "There's Something About Mary" and "Cheaper by the Dozen". Jenkins was in town for the final night of the Egyptian Theatre's Richard Jenkins Film Series; and he talked exclusively to 23 News about what it's like to be home.

"It's beautiful. It's humbling. It's sweet," said Jenkins. "I got to see about 35 of my classmates last night. And today I just talked to theater students at Northern (Illinois); I talked to some theater students at DeKalb High School; I saw the school; I talked to some of the other kids there. It's been fantastic. It's really been fun."

Jenkins said he loved the script for "The Shape of Water" from the first page to the last; which was featured at the Egyptian Theatre Tuesday Night. Jenkins added the script was beautifully constructed and written from the heart.