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.
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?
This film really re-creates the high school experience. Did you
have a traditional high school experience or were you already acting
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
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.
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.
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.