"Jamie saved my life. She taught me everything. About life, hope, and the long journey ahead. I'll always miss her."
More than 20 years later, A Walk to Remember can still hit us right in the feels. Based on Nicholas Sparks' 1999 novel of the same name, the movie became essential viewing for any millennial after its release in 2002. The tearjerker starred Mandy Moore and Shane West, who turned 45 on June 10, and while the latter was known for his work on the soap Once and Again, Moore was setting out to prove herself in her first lead acting role after beginning her career as a pop star. Like Jamie's dream to be in two places at once, consider that item crossed off Moore's professional bucket list.
Moore and West became close while filming the cryfest, establishing a tight-knit friendship that continues delights fans of the generation-defining movie.
"Mandy was phenomenal and my best friend when we were working on that," West told E! News of the This Is Us star in 2019. "We hadn't had anything that had been a success like that, so that will probably be one of my favorite memories."
Grab your Kleenex and prepare for the ultimate stroll down memory lane as we reveal 15 secrets you might not know about A Walk to Remember—including the other pop star who almost beat out Moore to play Jamie: