Fans were introduced to the romantic love story of Jamie Sullivan and Landon Carter when A Walk to Remember officially hit theaters on January 25, 2002.
The movie — based off the book by Nicholas Sparks — followed the heartbreaking story of what happened when this high school couple’s love story was torn apart by sickness. After it was revealed that Jamie was diagnosed with leukemia, Landon vowed to help her complete everything on her bucket list before she died. The emotional flick starred Mandy Moore and Shane West as Jamie and Landon, along with some other pretty famous faces as supporting characters.
When reflecting on the movie during an interview with POPSUGAR in May 2021, Mandy said, “I went brunette for that movie, so that was a huge change for me. And I loved it so much that I kept it for a long time and never really went back. I dabbled a little bit going blond, but really, for the last 20 years, I’ve embraced the darker side.”
The actress also had nothing bu fond memories of the movie during an interview with EW from 2017.
“I think that it was such an overwhelmingly positive, memorable experience for me because it was my first leading role and it was the first film I worked on away from home,” she shared. “It just gives me an all-encompassing warm feeling inside. There are very few times in your career when the memories and the relationship you have to a project match the relationship that an audience has to the project — but this movie is as special to me as it seems to be to people out there in the world. I mean that’s the reason that 15 years later we’re still talking about it.”
Her costar Shane also echoed her sentiments, telling the magazine he had “a phenomenal experience” while shooting. “It was a lot of fun, everyone bonded on set and off, and it happened to turn out to be a success. You couldn’t ask for anything more,” the actor shared.
When celebrating the movies 20-year anniversary in January 2022, the actors reflected on their on-screen relationship.
“Somehow, we sort of just had this really natural, effortless chemistry with one another,” Mandy told People. “And I think that comes across in the film and that’s hard to get. You can’t really fake that.”
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