Chewbacca Mom Fan Girls All Over J.J. Abrams, Has a Blast With James Corden on 'The Late Late Show'
By Rachel McRady
May the force be with you, Chewbacca Mom! Candace Payne has become an overnight sensation thanks to her infectious joy and instant hit viral video. The stay at home mom visited The Late Late Show on Monday night, where James Corden surprised her with director J.J. Abrams.
True to form, Payne broke down in hysterics, screaming as the Star Wars: The Force Awakens director walked up to her. Abrams tried to tell her something, but she quickly put her hands up to stop him.
“I can’t talk, hold on, hold on, I need to process,” she said.
Payne, Abrams, and Corden later did a Carpool Karaoke-inspired sketch where they got in the car, but instead of doing a sing-along, they tried on their Chewbacca masks and gave their best cries.
It has been a whirlwind for Payne, who posted her viral clip just last week.
“I’m a stay at home mom. I only had a few minutes before I had to go get my kids from school. I wanted to prove to all my friends and family that that mask was mine,” she quipped, explaining her reason for posting the video.
To reward Payne for “spreading the good word of Star Wars” actor Peter Mayhew, who plays Chewbacca in the films, sent a note to The Late Late Show inviting Payne and her family to the Dallas Fan Expo and giving her VIP passes to meet him afterwards.
Before her appearance on the show, Payne spoke with ET’s Jennifer Peros in New York about her overnight success, saying that people are starting to ask her about “publicists” and “agents.”
"That word would never have been in my vocabulary ever! I had to tell someone I had to be in hair and makeup and I don't even know what that means! That's hysterical in and of itself!" she says with a laugh. "This is probably the 11th time I've worn makeup."
Watch ET’s exclusive interview with Payne and find out about her experiences on ‘The Voice’!