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Let’s hit refresh for a three minutes, 52 seconds: Remember the scene where plain, virginal Jamie Sullivan surprises everyone looking so beautiful in the ice blue dress at the school play? She sings Only Hope and Landon Carter – the bad boy with the even badder crew – can’t take his eyes off her. He then goes off script and kisses her to the dismay of his cool-girl crush in the audience. It was an introduction into Nicholas Spark’s novel-come-film career and that faultless formula; sappy romance derived from extreme adversity. Take a look at the scene here where Landon falls for Jamie:
Now, 15 years since the release of the film, stars Mandy Moore and Shane West have spoken about the Adam Shankman-directed film. Moore, who was a 16-year-old popstar at the time, says she’s completely fell for West in real life. “Shane was so cool. Everything about him – the way he dressed, the little cigarettes that he smoked, and the music he listened to.
“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 said. “I absolutely walked away from that project so convinced that there would never be a project as special as that. Shane was so wonderful.”