Candace Payne’s Internet fame showed no signs of slowing Tuesday as the Texas mom paid a visit to Facebook headquarters, rode bikes with Chewbacca and met the team responsible for the video platform that launched her stardom.
Payne won over hearts last week when she took a video selfie on Facebook Live from the parking lot of Kohl’s department store outside Dallas. She had just purchased a battery-powered Chewbacca mask and when she put it on and roared and then couldn’t stop laughing, well, neither could the Internet.
Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg posted images of Payne at various points around the company’s HQ, writing that her most-watched Facebook Live video ever (143 million views) warranted the invite and the surprise of hanging with the “Star Wars” Wookie.
Payne posted another video on her page on Tuesday in which she stood (holding a Chewbacca mask) with the team that developed Facebook Live.
“You rarely get to see that there’s actual people here that do an incredible job,” Payne said while wearing a black Facebook T-shirt. She even received a plaque that read: Facebook star, Candace Payne.
“I am so grateful for what’s happening, both from you that are watching, and this group right here.”
Earlier in the day, after flying into San Francisco for the first time, Payne shot a video from Lucas Film Headquarters.
She’s slated to be on “The Star Wars Show” on Wednesday.
— Star Wars (@starwars) May 24, 2016
Standing in front of a fountain with a Yoda statue in the middle of it, Payne said she might start believing in holy water after witnessing such a spectacle.
“Y’all. My world is officially the weirdest thing in the entire galaxy,” Payne said into the camera for the hundreds of thousands of fans still tuning in to get a glimpse of her joy.
But she wasn’t done there. Payne showed up in a skit with late-night TV host James Corden in which she was in his car and he was growing impatient with her Chewbacca mask, saying it didn’t sound anything like the “Star Wars” character.
“The Force Awakens” director J.J. Abrams then appeared in the back seat and before long all three had Chewbacca masks on and they were laughing hysterically, just like that time … well, you know now.