Candace Payne filmed herself on Facebook Live while wearing a mask of the “Star Wars” character. The clip, which amassed 50 million views within the first 24 hours, has set a new Facebook Live record. Currently, the video has reached over 140 million views, Movie Web wrote.
Payne has been tagged as the “Chewbacca mum” soon after the video became viral. She gained more fans when the clip of the real “Star Wars” Chewbacca watching Payne’s video from the “Star Wars 8” set was shared on the “Star Wars” YouTube channel.
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Meanwhile, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg was also impressed by Payne’s Chewbacca video. This prompted the billionaire to invite her to Facebook’s headquarters in Menlo Park, California, where she hung out with the real Chewbacca. “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. And we had a fun surprise for her!” Zuckerberg wrote on his FB page. Zuckerberg also shared three pictures of Chewbacca mum and the iconic “Star Wars” franchise character, Us Weekly noted.
Aside from FB HQ, Payne also dropped by on “The Late Late Show” with James Corden for her Carpool Karaoke “rendition” while wearing the Chewbacca mask. She appeared in the show along with “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” director J.J. Abrams.
She also appeared on Good Morning America where she talked about her instant stardom. “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,” she said.
The Chewbacca mum is also expected to meet actor Peter Mayhew, who played the character in the Star Wars film franchise, Us Weekly wrote. Mayhew already sent a note for Payne ahead of the meeting. He wrote, “Your attitude and lovely message really resonates with spreading the good word of Star Wars with a heart. It’s so much of why we do what we do.”