When Candace Payne decided to take a quick video of herself trying out her latest purchase – a roaring Chewbacca mask – she had no idea she was about to become an Internet sensation. Within hours, though, her video had gone viral, and it quickly became the most-watched Facebook live video ever, receiving over 138 million views as of this writing!
She admitted that she had first gone into Kohl’s, where she bought the mask, for some yoga pants. “I’m trying to work out more. And it’s not really going that well,” she laughed, so she ended up “going to the toy section because I got discouraged about the yoga pants and I thought, ‘Maybe not today. But I can get a toy for my kids.’”
It was there that she accidentally bumped into the “Chewie” mask, heard it growl, and decided, “I need to get that. Like, I don’t think my kids need that, I think I need that.”
Payne and her family have received lots of Star Wars toys and other gifts since the video went viral, and while that’s nice, Payne said the best part about her video going viral is “being able to share joy with people.”
“In all honestly, I think the world as a whole is in need of a good laugh” she said. “I think we’re in need of somebody to lift our spirits, to not take ourselves so seriously, and to maybe break some cynicism worldwide… somebody needs to have a good belly laugh with somebody, and it happened to be me that day.”