The two actors opened up to Entertainment Weekly about making the 2002 hit teen romance, and what they had to say was as sweet as the film itself. Moore revealed that a part of her "fell in love" with her co-star, and they also explained why they made such a great on-screen pair.
"Shane was so cool. Everything about him -- the way he dressed, the little cigarettes that he smoked, and the music he listened to," Moore told EW. "He was the character to me and there was definitely a part of me that absolutely fell in love with him."
West also saw how different they were and explained how fitting that was considering their characters' unlikely relationship.
"It was kind of perfect the way we came into the project because she was coming from this pop background at that time -- she had her song 'Candy,' and a role in the 'Princess Diaries' -- and for me I was into punk rock and so it was like completely opposites attract, or opposites are forced together to work," he said.
It's no wonder they managed to make so many people cry -- an impressive feat considering Moore was starring in her first major role and very nervous, as both she and West noted. They're both seasoned pros now, though. Moore currently stars in NBC's new hit drama "This Is Us," and West is a regular in the supernatural series "Salem."
Does anyone else feel super old now?
Set in North Carolina, "A Walk To Remember" follows the rite of passage of a jaded, aimless high school senior (Shane West) who falls in love with a guileless young woman (Mandy Moore) he and his friends once scorned. The two develop a powerful and inspirational relationship in which they discover truths that take most people a lifetime to learn. Read More