But the 38-year-old actor would be unrecognizable in the early-aughts North Carolina of Nicholas Sparks's imagination.Today, he can be found defending colonial America from supernatural predators as Captain John Alden on WGN's blood-soaked reimagining of the witch trials as a front for cavorting with the devil and other occult practices.Yes, 15 years later, the now 32-year-old actress is still melting our hearts, now making us cry as Rebecca Pearson on In honor of the film's monumental anniversary, ET took a deep dive into our vault, where we discovered two precious interviews from 2002 where Moore and West, who was 23 at the time, talked about the romantic drama ahead of its release on Jan. The young stars got candid about their awkward kissing scenes, the true meaning of life and why their beloved film was not just another teen movie.
I didn’t even know how to hit a mark, I was so fresh-faced and naïve.
What if they actually were running the witch trials and condemning innocent people to death?
" I thought that was a very unique twist on our American history.
@adamshankman @mandymooremm Had to steal the pic, Hun 😘 #awalktoremember #reunion,” Shane added.
Over 3 hour catch up dinner with @mandymooremm and @theshanewest .
, which was released in 2002 when they were just 17 and 23, respectively.
The film’s director Adam Shankman also joined in for the reunion and they all posted about their dinner on social media. These 2 gentlemen are still some of the best around.
Then, budding pop star Mandy Moore proved her serious acting chops while Shane West stole teenage hearts everywhere (the "two places at once" scene? The two have since moved on to successful careers–Moore stars in with Entertainment Weekly.
Here's the best of their memories:"Shane was so cool.
Did you have an interest in the time period before?
Shane West: What really drew me to the show was the theme, or genre, and how well this particular show was written. I'm a big horror fan—thrillers, scary movies, scary TV shows—and this was the first opportunity that had fallen into my lap that had given me that chance. I was not a big fan of that time period, I knew a little bit about that Salem Witch trials from high school, but I really liked the idea of basing it on fact and turning it into historical fiction and switching the end game: "What if the witches were real?