Jared Milrad, 31, and Nathan Johnson, 30, are getting married this July. And they will have one heck of a story to tell at their wedding.
The two men were among the “everyday” Americans featured in the video Hillary Clinton used to announce her candidacy for president of the United States on Sunday.
Milrad, a lawyer and non-profit founder, and Johnson, a health care consultant, live in Chicago and appear in the video for just a few seconds.
In an interview, Milrad and Johnson said they knew the video was for Clinton’s campaign but had no idea it was for her announcement. In fact, their cameo came as a surprise until today.
ABC News spoke to Milrad by phone on Sunday:
How did you get chosen?
“One of our friends who is involved with Democratic politics and did some work for Obama referred us to the media company that was doing the video.” (Milrad said the theme of the project was described to them as “big life changes” and since they were getting married they were referred).
Did you know you were going to be featured in Clinton’s actual announcement video?
“We didn’t know that we were going to be in this specific video. A friend had reached out that the campaign was working on a video that would be for Hillary … we didn’t specifically know what it would be for. We were happy to support Hillary and the campaign.”
How did you find out you were in it?
“Through family and friends who let us know they saw us on TV and on YouTube. We were actually out shopping!”
What was your reaction?
“I think we were both very excited and pleased and a little surprised because we didn’t know when our appearance was and we didn’t know we would be in the announcement video. I think there’s a feeling of a responsibility we both have … that we are the face of the gay community in the video. … We just want to do that justice and be a voice as much as possible for the LGBT community.”
And you inviting Hillary to the wedding?
“We thought if she invited us to her big day -- her big announcement -- we thought it would be the right thing to do to invite her to our big day. … She would get a plus one. We want to be fair. … Given that she’s from the Chicago area, Illinois, we thought it would be the right thing.”
“No formal response yet, but I know she’s pretty busy. … We’ll give her a couple days.”
In the video we can tell you’re walking dog, but can’t see him. What’s his name?
“Cooper. He’s a little sad he didn’t end up in the final cut.”
Were you both Hillary supporters in 2008?
Milrad: “I supported Obama in 2007-2008 … his reelection as well. But I’ve always admired Hillary … not only that she ended up working for the president and I know she has worked for the president a great deal. But I was raised by a single mother and we were both raised by strong women … and so I think we both share a belief in breaking the glass ceiling … we really feel like it’s Hillary Clinton who should do it.”
Johnson: “I was originally a Hillary supporter in 2008 … switched to Obama for general. My mom has been a huge Hillary Clinton supporter like all of my life. The fact that I’m in her video is the best thing in the world for my mom. She’s more happy about that than our wedding!”