By Madeline Farber
Published March 26, 2019
In the words of Mandy Moore herself, it was a “walk (of fame) to remember” for the actress this week.
Moore, 34, was joined by none other than her former on-screen “A Walk to Remember” beau and costar Shane West to commemorate her Hollywood Walk of Fame Ceremony on Monday.
West, 40, took to the podium at the ceremony to reminisce on when the two met on the set of the film — an adaptation of the Nicholas Sparks novel of the same name — in the early 2000s.
“We couldn’t have been more opposite when we met. I was busy wearing ill-advised clothes and having dubious hair choices and wearing eyeliner in my garage punk band or whatever, whatever that was. And you were killing it on the pop star scene,” the “Gotham” actor said just after he gave Moore a photo of the two of them on set. “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.”
“Not only was this film a wonderful experience in every way, [but] it also gave me the chance to fall for this fantastic woman,” he added.
“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. I always knew you were incredibly talented and I always knew you were going to go on to do big things and amazing things, and you have… I couldn’t be more proud of you. I couldn’t be more happy for you,” he ended.
In the 2002 film, Moore played Jamie Sullivan, the daughter of the town’s preacher. She and West, who played the rebellious Landon Carter, fall for each other after they both take part in their high school’s play. As their relationship deepens, Landon learns of Jamie’s cancer diagnosis which she first kept a secret from him.
The actress, who was also joined by her fellow “This Is Us” cast members at the ceremony, later took to Instagram to thank West for his kind words.
“Stars have always sort of been our thing. Thankful to @theshanewest for his kind words on this very special day, one which I will never forget. It was a walk (of fame) to remember,” she wrote, to which West replied: “Awwww this is amazing. And so proud.”
The ceremony came just after Moore told Us Weekly that she has felt supported since speaking out about the emotional abuse she claims she suffered from her ex-husband Ryan Adams.
“So many women reached out to me, echoing … that the idea that psychological and emotional is often swept under the rug, or not addressed or not talked about, or not considered in the same category of just general abuse,” she told the outlet in part.