Last week, Texas mom Candace Payne became a viral sensation after she posted a video of herself laughing hysterically while trying on a Chewbacca mask. In just three days, the four-minute clip racked up over 140 million views.
Now James Corden has asked the question on everyone‚Äôs mind: What inspired Payne to post the video in the first place? Turns out, the answer has to do with her kids.
‚ÄúI‚Äôm a stay-at-home mom. I only had a few minutes before I had to go get my kids from school,‚ÄĚ the mom told the ‚ÄúLate Late Show‚ÄĚ host on Monday. ‚ÄúI wanted to prove to all of my Facebook friends and family that that mask was mine.‚ÄĚ
‚ÄúI know that the minute that [my kids] saw it that they were going to take it from me,‚ÄĚ she continued. ‚ÄúAnd I‚Äôm like, ‚ÄėI didn‚Äôt buy it for you, little kids. I love you, but this isn‚Äôt for you.‚Äô‚ÄĚ
Watch Payne‚Äôs full interview in the video above.
Since becoming a viral star, Chewbacca mom has been in for a world of surprises. Over the weekend, Kohl‚Äôs surprised her and her kids with ‚ÄúStar Wars‚ÄĚ memorabilia and even gave Payne‚Äôs kids Chewbacca masks of their own.
On Monday, Payne, who is a big fan of J.J. Abrams, was surprised by the ‚ÄúStar Wars‚ÄĚ director himself while filming a skit for ‚ÄúThe Late Late Show.‚ÄĚ And to top it all off, host Corden read an email to the mom from Chewbacca actor Peter Mayhew saying that he will pay her a special visit during his upcoming trip to Texas.