Watch: Mark Hamill Surprise-Calls Frontline Nurse Star Wars Fan

A San Diego health care professional working on the front lines in the current pandemic got the surprise of her life this weekend, courtesy of one of her biggest movie heroes.

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Nurse Chloe Ducose was featured on US talk show Jimmy Kimmel Live! as part of the show’s Healthcare Hero segment – and as she’s a huge fan of Star Wars, Kimmel knew just who to bring in to make it a special occasion.

Kimmel surprised Ducose by bringing a third party into their online chat: legendary Luke Skywalker actor Mark Hamill.

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Ducose was delighted to (virtually) meet her hero – who, it turns out, used to live in the same area of San Diego where she currently works.

Hamill introduced himself the way every Star Wars fan dreams he would: by telling Ducose, “the Force is strong with you.”

Hamill went on to tell a clearly emotional Ducose, “I’ve been reading about all you’ve done. Six years a nurse, teaching at night, you’re in the tents [testing people for Covid-19]. I mean, that’s so great.”

The 68-year-old actor then remarked, “To me, I’m a pretend hero, you’re the real-life hero. So thank you for your service.”

Then just to top it all off, Jimmy Kimmel informed Ducose she was being awarded $10,000 from PayPal in recognition of her efforts, while Hamill gifted Ducose with a signed lightsaber.

Jimmy Kimmel Live! is running a Healthcare Hero segment throughout the lockdown period in association with PayPal, to both honour and reward those putting their lives on the line in this difficult time.

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As well as awarding $10,000 to Ducose, PayPal also issued gift certificates to all of Ducose’s co-workers.

Mark Hamill most recently played Luke Skywalker for what is thought to be the final time in 2019’s Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.