This is so well deserved! Mandy Moore officially received her very own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

 

 

In attendance, Many’s ‘This Is Us’ family including Milo Ventimiglia, Sterling K. Brown, Justin Hartley, Chrissy Metz and Susan Kelechi Watson along with ‘This Is Us’ creator, Dan Fogelman.  Dan along with ‘A Walk to Remember’ co-star Shane West honoured Mandy by each sharing beautiful words about the singer / actress.

 

Shane shared his story about working with Mandy on the hit teen movie, “We could have not been more opposite when we met.  I was busy wearing ill-advised clothes and having dubious hair choices and eyeliner and my garage punk band or whatever that was, and you were killing it on the pop star scene, and you had very long, beautiful blonde hair at the time. I was trying to get you to listen to The Clash and the Ramones, and you weren’t very interested in it, but you were sweet about it.”  

 

 

 

Shane continued, “Not only was this film a wonderful experience in every way, it gave me the chance to fall for this fantastic woman.  Mandy, you are an absolute gem, your smile is absolutely ridiculous — seriously, it’s ridiculous, and it lights up the room when you walk in — your energy is irresistible, and your heart is second to none.  I couldn’t be more proud of you, I couldn’t be more happy for you.  Love ya.”

Mandy and Shane starred as Jamie Sullivan and Landon Carter in the 2002 film and check out this amazing side-by-side throwback Mandy later posted on Instagram.  These two do NOT age!

 

 

 

So what did Mandy had to say about playing Jamie Sullivan? “I can’t help but think of my poor, sweet co-star, Shane, explaining the basics of filmmaking to me like how to hit my mark, and when and how to deliver my lines.  He was exceedingly patient, kind and so talented. On set I was a nervous wreck, but I felt buoyed knowing that I had such a capable friend who had my back, and lovingly let me ride his coattails into teenage romance infamy.”

 

Mandy also went on to say how playing Rebecca Pearson on ‘This Is Us’ came at a ‘crucial time’ in her career, “At this chapter in my life, things are starting to feel like they’re coalescing.  They’re coming full circle but with so many blank pages to fill, and that’s what excites me the most about this juncture. Those of you who know me well, know I’m inherently uncomfortable at this position, but recently, I have found myself stepping into my power in a new way. I’m finally starting to understand and own who I am. I’ve discovered a sense of authenticity and confidence in what’s next, and I feel really lucky. It may have taken a long time to get here, and a long time to feel comfortable in my skin, but hard work is what grounds us.” 

 

 

Mandy went on to say, “I have such an appreciation and fondness and respect for my young self because she is what brought me here to this moment today, 20 years later, with her own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.  I did not know it was possible to dream dreams this big. Thank you, guys, from the bottom of my heart.”

 

 

Congrats, Mandy!

 

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