Candace Payne, the “Chewbacca Mom” who nearly broke the internet with a video she posted of herself trying on a Chewbacca mask, is reportedly making good money from her newfound fame.
In the recently concluded Fan Expo Dallas 2016, Payne had her own booth next to “Game of Thrones” actor Jack Gleeson (King Joffrey) where fans could pose for selfies with her and purchase her autograph for $20. She also got to meet the Peter Mayhew, the actor who plays Chewbacca in the Star Wars films, for the first time during the event.
As for the money collected from her booth, the mom from Grand Prairie said the amount will be going to a good cause.
“We’re going to donate whatever is made today to some charity that’s close to my heart,” Payne told NewsFix CW33. “So it’s not about, ‘Hey, this lady’s got some 15 minutes of fame and now is getting greedy.’ I am absolutely using this platform to give as much as I can.”
Her record-breaking video, which has so far amassed 155 million views, is now the most-viewed Facebook Live video ever.
The attention from the viral video also resulted in her family receiving about $420,000 worth of gifts, which includes $400,000 worth of full-ride scholarships for her entire family to Southeastern University in Florida.