DALLAS (Christian Examiner) – The non-stop hysterical laughter is so contagious it has people all over the world – an estimated 48 million or so – watching the 30-something woman in a Star Wars Chewbacca mask wondering how a kid’s toy could bring such joy.
Candace Payne, whose May 19 viral Facebook video about purchasing the mask at a local department store and trying it on for the first time inside her car in the parking lot, has the attention not only of avid Star Wars fans, but also of those who desperately need a good laugh, she said.
And that’s where her faith comes in, Payne told Christian Examiner in an exclusive telephone interview.
In hiding, with her phone dying, the mom of two who has done stand-up comedy, said there’s more to the woman than a mask, and her laughter comes from deep within – from her faith in Jesus Christ.
“As far as the joy aspect, it is much deeper than the Chewbacca mask,” Payne said. “It was fun watching it go viral and fun watching people get some joy out of it, too,” but at the core of real joy is faith.