Mandy Moore admits she fell in love with Shane West in “A Walk to Remember”

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Mandy Moore has revealed in an interview with Entertainment Weekly that her undeniable on-screen chemistry with “A Walk to Remember” co-star Shane West was complemented by an off-screen attraction.

“Shane was so cool. Everything about him -– the way he dressed, the little cigarettes that he smoked and the music he listened to,” Moore remembered. “He was the character to me, and there was definitely a part of me that absolutely fell in love with him.”

“I don’t know if I could discern the difference between him and the character at that point in time because, again, it was my first experience doing anything like this and I was a 16-year-old, impressionable girl. I was just so caught up in the moment and the experience,” she continued. “I was so fresh-faced and naïve. I felt incredibly lucky right off the bat that I had someone who was as willing to work with me and who was patient and understanding. He was just the perfect partner for that.”

West has fond memories from the set as well, describing his relationship with Moore as an “opposites attract” dynamic, as she was mostly known as a teeny bopper while he often played bad-boy roles.