Paul Rudd stars in Syracuse alum Claud’s new music video after chance meeting

Paul Rudd

Paul Rudd attends the "Ant-Man And The Wasp: Quantumania" UK Gala Screening at BFI IMAX Waterloo on February 16, 2023 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)

Syracuse University alum Claud recently met movie star Paul Rudd at a Taylor Swift concert. Now the “Ant-Man” and “Ghostbusters: Afterlife” actor is starring in a Claud music video.

Billboard reports Claud, who actually has a song titled “Paul Rudd” on their new album, “Supermodels,” has released a video for new single “A Good Thing” starring Rudd.

“I randomly met him in passing at The Eras Tour, like at the Taylor Swift concert,” Claud said in a TikTok video on Saturday. “I walked past the VIP tent, and I was like, ‘Paul Rudd, this sounds kinda weird, but there’s a song on my album. The song’s called ‘Paul Rudd.’ I hope this isn’t weird.’ And he was like, so nice about it, and he gave me his email. He was like, ‘Send it to me. I’d love to hear your album.’ So I sent him my album.”

“I explained, ‘I called this song ‘Paul Rudd’ because it’s me trying to envision myself as this cool and confident and charismatic, lovable character that you play, and that you just are in real life, that I’m often not.’ And he responded he loved the album.”

Claud then invited Rudd to visit an upcoming video shoot for “A Good Thing,” and said the actor stayed for five hours. Rudd plays a mailman who delivers a gift from Claud’s girlfriend, and later dances with Claud in the street.

“It was the best day of my life,” Claud said.

Claud, whose full name is Claud Mintz, is a former Syracuse University student known for bedroom-pop/alt-rock songs like “Soft Spot” and “Wish You Were Gay.” The non-binary performer, who uses they/them pronouns, performed at the New York State Fair’s Pride Day last year.

“Supermodels,” released on Phoebe Bridgers’ record label Saddest Factory, is currently available on Spotify, Apple Music and other platforms. Claud has also released collaborations with artists like Odesza and fellow SU alum Clairo.

Rudd is an actor whose credits include Marvel’s “Avengers” films, “I Love You Man,” “Ghostbusters: Afterlife,” “Wet Hot American Summer,” “Anchorman,” “Friends” and “Clueless.” He also co-owns a candy shop in Upstate New York and says he “genuinely love(s)” the Buffalo Bills despite being a Kansas City Chiefs fan.


This video still shows Paul Rudd, left, with Syracuse University alum Claud in the music video for Claud's "A Good Thing."


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