Tribute's Bonnie Laufer talks to Shane West about taking the leap to the big screen in A Walk To Remember.

B.L. You have now done stage work, TV and film. Do you have a preference as to which medium you might want to concentrate on?
S.W. Stage work was a thrill for me because I had never really done it before and I am definitely interested in trying that again. I think that my preference is definitely film. With the TV show (Once and Again) I'm kind of cheating because it's an hour drama shot on film and it's virtually like doing an extremely long film. I'm not on a sitcom type of thing where it is so dramatically different. I think I lean towards film though.

B.L. What was it about A Walk to Remember that drew you to the part and the story?
S.W. The story itself drew me and the character of Landon Carter drew me. He was in it so much, so basically a lot of the film has to do with him and all of the internal struggles that he is going through and the character arc that he goes through. He's this popular guy at one point with a false bravado and then he becomes the nice guy in the end. Being able to do that for an actor, if you have that chance, why not?

B.L. This film really re-creates the high school experience. Did you have a traditional high school experience or were you already acting then?
S.W. Yes and no. I was already acting; I started acting when I was 16, my junior year. It was traditional in the sense that I went to a public high school and I only went to public schools all my life, but it was kind of an interesting public high school in that it didn't have a football team and it was more academic based. So I didn't get to go through those traditional things that you see in so many movies like Varsity Blues and things like that.

B.L. Now you are also pursuing music with your band, Average Joe. How is that going?
S.W. We are a trio kind of a punk rock band. We've got a song on the A Walk To Remember soundtrack and that was out first goal. We've been together for about a year and a half and we are now trying to see if we can get signed and get a manager, but we are going to use this as a stepping-stone.

B.L. In the movie, Mandy Moore's character has a list of things that she wants to accomplish and subsequently your character makes a list as well. What are the things on Shane's list?
S.W. Good question. I want to travel for sure. It's something that I haven't done. I'm only 23 and it's not like I have been around for so long that I need to travel, but I do want to. I have only been out of the United States a couple of times. What else? I don't know, I'd have to get back to you on that one.

B.L. How about future career plans. More acting?
S.W. I am very happy at the moment with what I'm doing. I want to continue doing both music and acting but for as much as I enjoy it, if it gets to a point where I'm not enjoying it any more or I feel like I have done everything that I can then I'll move on. Hopefully, I'll have made myself a nice enough life at that point to be able to pursue whatever it is I want to pursue.