It's a viral sensation we should all be sick of by now (considering how much media and marketing attention it's received), but it's still hard not to love Candace Payne and her Chewbacca mask.
The original video of Payne, a mom from Grand Prairie who took the world by storm after she laughed with a Chewbacca mask on, now has more than 136 million views on Facebook, making it the most popular Facebook Live video ever. So, of course, Good Morning America would snatch her up for an appearance this morning.
The folks at GMA didn't get any more maniacal laughter out of her (she didn't even put on the mask), but they did drill down to some of the reasons she's lovable. She spent a lot of time talking about her family and the fact that she's been married to her husband for almost 15 years.
Then Hasbro gave her a bunch of Star Wars toys (more than she already got from Kohl's over the weekend) and a gift card for $2,500 so that she could buy more stuff for her family and friends.
We knew Star Wars was magical, but who knew laughing with a Star Wars mask could be so lucrative?
But the most important thing to Payne hasn't been the attention or the gifts: It's been the stories. She gets a little emotional at the end of the GMA appearance talking about someone's autistic daughter that she'd been told "hadn't laughed in two months." But every time the daughter was shown the Chewbacca video, she "laughed and laughed."