Mandy Moore was presented with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Monday and was honoured by her A Walk To Remember co-star Shane West, who went full Landon Carter for his speech. The pair starred together in the 2002 Adam Shankman-directed film based on the bestselling Nicholas Sparks’ film. According to West, he and Moore weren’t that different from their characters, except for the whole cancer thing.
“We could not have been more opposite when we met,” said West, who was joined by Shankman to honour Moore. “I was busy wearing ill-advised clothes and having dubious hair choices and eyeliner in my garage punk band, or whatever that was, and you were killing it on the pop-star scene … I was trying to get you to listen to the Clash and the Ramones. You were not interested but you were very sweet about it. You stuck to your Fleetwood Mac, always Fleetwood Mac.”
West’s Landon Carter was the school bad boy who unwittingly fell in love with Moore’s religious do-gooder character Jamie Sullivan, only to have their relationship get the Sparks treatment. That means someone has to die. Someone always dies.
Moore is thankfully still with us, but her turn as the warm and loving Jamie isn’t that far from the actor who played her.
“Mandy, you’re an absolute gem, your smile is ridiculous, seriously, it’s ridiculous, it lights up a room when you walk in, your energy is irresistible and your heart is second to none,” said West. “I always knew you were incredibly talented and I always knew you would go on to do big things, amazing things and you have. Here you are about to be immortalized on Hollywood Boulevard … I couldn’t be more proud of you, I couldn’t be happier for you.”
Excuse us a moment.
We just need to be in two places at once.
And witness a miracle.
And get a quick tattoo.
We haven’t cried this hard since…
…the last time we watched A Walk To Remember.
HE WAS HER MIRACLE.
Moore, who was also joined by This Is Us creator and professional cry-maker Dan Fogelman and the rest of her cast, including Milo Ventimiglia, Sterling K. Brown, Justin Hartley, Chrissy Metz and Susan Kelechi Watson, thanked West for his speech and remembered how kind he was to her during the filming of A Walk To Remember.
“I can’t help but think of my poor, sweet co-star, Shane, explaining the basics of filmmaking to me like how to hit my mark, and when and how to deliver my lines,” said Moore. “He was exceedingly patient, kind and so talented. On set I was a nervous wreck, but I felt buoyed knowing that I had such a capable friend who had my back, and lovingly let me ride his coattails into teenage romance infamy.”
Kinda like when Landon taught math by using basketball. Oh lawd, we’re crying again.
Moore later shared a TBT picture on her Instagram page, which made us feel like crying into our sweet tea while sitting on our wraparound porch.
West had his own pic of ‘babies’ to share.
Time to dig out our favourite ugly cardigan and ugly cry while watching A Walk To Remember for the millionth time. SHE MADE HIM BETTER!
Okay, now we’re done.