After 100M+ Video Views, Chewbacca Lady Drops by 'GMA': "I Deserve a Gold Medal"
"The best part of all of this is being able to share joy with people, hear stories of people coming out of depression," Candace Payne says.
Candace Payne told Good Morning America on Monday that life has been a whirlwind the past few days thanks to a Chewbacca mask.
One moment, Payne — dubbed Chewbacca Lady or Chewbacca Mom — was buying a toy mask, and the next, she was an Internet sensation.
Payne explained on GMA how her video came about and why it means so much to her now.
First off, the married Texas mother of two said the mask, bought at Kohl's, was a treat to herself because she's a huge Star Wars fan.
“I was thinking, ‘I’ve got 30 minutes before I have to be responsible and pick up my children from school and once they see this I’ll never get to see it again,’” she said on GMA. “So I thought, I’m going to share this with my Facebook friends and family, and if anybody wants to see it, they’re going to have to see it now. And I’m going to document. This was mine to begin with. This was never theirs.”
As of Monday morning, her video has more than 136 million views on Facebook, a record for the social media site.
“I feel like I deserve a gold medal, just to say that I actually have broken a record that deserves maybe a podium and a whole song and maybe some flowers,” Payne joked.
Thanks to Payne, Chewbacca masks flew off the shelves over the weekend; the usually $20 toy was going for hundreds on Amazon and eBay.
Payne thinks the video became to popular so fast because people just need a good laugh sometimes, she said. Payne also shared what the experience means to her.
“The best part of all of this is being able to share joy with people, hear stories of people coming out of depression,” Payne said. “I had one lady message me and tell me she has an autistic daughter that hadn’t laughed in two months, and she said every time she showed her the video, she laughed and laughed. And from one mama’s heart to another mama, to see a child laugh that you haven’t seen laugh, those are the stories I will take with me every day.”
For making so many people smile, Payne was hooked up by Kohl's and the toy's marker, Hasbro, with a bunch of Star Wars merchandise.