Since she laughed her way into America's hearts while trying on a Chewbacca mask, Candace Payne has gotten to do a lot of amazing things!

By Hollee Actman Becker
May 25, 2016

It's been a busy couple of days for Chewbacca mom Candace Payne. First, the video of her trying on a talking wookie mask with unrestrained jubilee in a Kohl's parking lot went crazy viral, breaking the Facebook Live record for the most-watched clip ever.

Then—after the mask promptly sold out everywhere—reps from Kohl's showed up on Payne's doorstep to drop massive amounts of Star Wars swag on her and her kids.


On Monday, Payne got her makeup did and turned up on the morning talk show circuit for a one-on-one sit down with Robin Roberts on GMA. Then later, she hit up The Late Late Show with James Corden, where she got to join the host for a little Carpool Karaoke—and a lesson in how to do a spot-on Chewbacca impression from surprise guest—and Star Wars director!—J.J. Abrams.


Only it doesn't end there. Because yesterday, Payne—who had never even been to San Francisco before—flew in for a visit to Lucas Film headquarters, then happily shared the experience with her fans in another post on Facebook Live.


"Y'all! My world is officially the weirdest thing in the entire galaxy," she said. "It may be a galaxy far, far away, but I don't even care. It is still the weirdest thing. And it is not lost on me that it is because of you guys. I love you. Thanks for joining my journey."

Even more surreal: Payne was then tapped by none other than the Facebook King himself—Mark Zuckerberg!—to come on over and spend the day. "We invited Candace Payne whose Chewbacca mask video got 141 million views and is now the most-watched Facebook Live video ever—to come by Facebook HQ today," Zuck wrote in a status update. "And we had a fun surprise for her!"

Judging from the accompanying pics, it looks like Payne got to spend the day sipping coffee, going for a bike ride, and cheezing in front of the Facebook sign—all with her Wookie warrior partner-in-crime by her side!

And because Payne is just so incredibly magnanimous, the delighted mama took a minute out during her visit to post yet another Live video with the entire Facebook crew standing behind her. First she thanked them for basically existing, then she asked all of us viewers to post the hand clapping emoji, in order to give the FB posse the round of applause they deserve.


"I am so grateful for what's happening both from you, that are watching, and from this group right here," she says, pointing to all the Facebookers behind her. "What's happening now, wouldn't even be possible without both people. So can we just take this little bitty moment—if it really is the simply joys—get in on this one. Because I don't think I'll ever have this one again. It's amazing!"

As are you, Candace. Keep laughing and brightening up people's lives—we'll just be right over here giving you the hand-clapping emoji.

Hollee Actman Becker is a freelance writer, blogger, and a mom. Check out her website for more, and then follow her on Twitter at @holleewoodworld.


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