About Candace

Candace PayneHi, my name is Candace Payne – you might know me as “Chewbacca Mom” which is what some media outlets have called me after a Facebook Live video of me wearing a Chewbacca mask went viral (like, super viral, with 160+ million views) and made lots of people laugh. That video took me on a wild adventure and I appeared on shows like “Good Morning America,” “Entertainment Tonight,” and “The Late Late Show with James Corden,” where I got to meet JJ Abrams, y’all!! I was also invited to the headquarters of Lucasfilm (!!!) for a personal tour and to Facebook, one of the coolest places I’ve ever seen – they have an actual park on their roof! If that’s not enough, then Hasbro gave me my own “Chewbacca Mom” action figure that says phrases from the viral video. What?!

In June, I shared my arrangement of Michael Jackson’s “Heal the World” on Facebook Live, which went viral too. I decided to release the song on iTunes to benefit my favorite charity, Convoy of Hope. And because of awesome people like you, the song charted in the top 30 on iTunes within the first few hours of release!! It’s still available today and continues to help make the world a better place with every purchase. If ya haven’t yet, I hope you’ll check it out.

After a whirlwind year for me, my amazing stud of a hubs, our two grade-school kiddos and ornery pug, Opal…I’m super blessed to be able to share a message of living the simple joys to my friends and fans and followers around the world on the internet-webs through social media and on my TLCme video series! I would love to hear from you so please keep in touch!

What Others Are Saying

"She makes everybody happy."

Ellen Degeneres

TV host

“Oh, how I love her! Her ‘no shame – all love’ approach and her pure joy! Make no mistake – there’s true courage in this kind of unfiltered joy. I needed this reminder – thank you Candace Payne for being brave with your love!”

Brené Brown, Ph.D.


“Everyone loves you!”

Sean Hayes (to Candace)


“Payne’s joy is infectious”