Chewbacca Lady Carpools With J.J. Abrams and James Corden
Candace Payne tells the 'Late Late Show' host when she went to bed, her video had 1,000 views; when she woke up, it was more than 20 million.
Chewbacca Lady is still going strong.
On Monday night, Candace Payne, the Wookiee-mask- wearing Texas mom who took the Internet by storm a few days ago, appeared on The Late Late Show With James Corden. Even better, Star Wars: The Force Awakens director J.J. Abrams was there, too.
In the bit, done in a similar fashion to Corden's immensely popular "Carpool Karaoke," Payne was behind the wheel, mask on, ready to "drive" the men to work. Abrams jokingly gave Payne some direction for the best Chewie mask performance.
The married mother of two also sat on stage with the Late Late Show host for an interview. Payne told Corden she was bragging to friends when the video of her laughing hysterically while trying on a toy Chewbacca mask reached 1,000 views the first night; by the time she woke up the next morning, it was more than 20 million.
"I like, had to breathe," she said of her disbelief. The video currently has more than 140 million views, a Facebook record.
Corden also showed Payne freaking out when she met Abrams for the bit and read a message to her from Peter Mayhew, the actor who plays Chewbacca in the Star Wars saga, thanking her for bringing so much goodwill and happiness with her video.
Payne also has been good for business as the masks have been selling out online and in stores. Hasbro declined to comment to The Hollywood Reporter on just how many masks have been sold since Thursday.