Angus T. Jones, child star of the CBS show Two and a Half Men, made headlines in 2012 when he posted a video on YouTube explaining how he couldn’t reconcile his Christian faith with the “filth” being portrayed on the Charlie Sheen comedy series that he was a part of and soon left. Now, years later he is resurfacing and making headlines again stating that maybe his rush to leave show business was a rash one. In an interview with People magazine (which arrives on newsstands on November 4), Jones may have implied that he is through with organized religion as well. However, his statements could mean that he is stepping away from being involved in religious outreaches. In the upcoming article, he is quoted as saying the following.
“Over the last three years I’ve been involved with various faith-based organizations… Right now, I’m stepping away from the organizational business-model programs. I’m interested in seeing where I go without an organization putting a stamp of approval on if I’m good or bad or whatever.”
The year 2012 was rough for Jones. He was one of the highest paid teen actors at time, but he wasn’t happy. First came the YouTube video where the 19-year-old told viewers to “stop filling your head with filth.” He then explained that “You cannot be a true God-fearing person and be on a television show like [Two and a Half Men]. I know I can’t,” he said. “I’m not okay with what I’m learning, what the Bible says, and being on that television show.” Jones later partially apologized to Chuck Lorre, creator of Two and a Half Men saying: “That’s his, like, his baby, and I just totally insulted his baby and to that degree I am apologetic,” Jones explained. “But otherwise I don’t regret saying what I said.”
In 2014, the Washington Post shared Angus’ other reasons why he felt uncomfortable being a part of Two and a Half Men saying that “it was making light of topics in our world that are really problems for a lot of people. I was a paid hypocrite because I wasn’t okay with it, but I was still doing it.”
After leaving the show, Jones starting attending college at the University of Colorado working toward a major toward environmental studies and then later switched to Jewish studies. Now he not so sure what he wants to do. He told People that he still plans on getting his degree, but he and college are “on a break” for a while as he is now the president of entertainment at Tonite, an events company.
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In 2015, Angus returned to his former sitcom to appear in the series’ finale and found that he had missed acting. Today he says acknowledging that he might someday return to acting. Maybe.
“The door is definitely still open for me to do that, but I’m taking things slowly,” says Jones, who recently starred in his former college roommate’s short film and still has an agent. “But I’m kind of liking the ability to travel and to move around at a moment’s notice and not have to be in one spot for years at a time.”
As for regrets, Angus says that he has none. “In terms of regrets, I try to avoid those completely. There’s no changing anything. There’s only moving forward.”
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