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As Jake, the “half man” on the hit sitcom Two and a Half Men, viewers watched Angus T. Jones grow up before their very eyes.
Now, about one year since parting ways with the hit CBS sitcom, the 20-year-old is practically unrecognizable—and, for the first time since his dramatic departure, opening up about his decision to leave a popular show behind.
When Angus exited the series, he was going through a transitional time in his personal life, having embraced a life as a Christian and a follower of the Seventh Day Adventist Church. He found his Christian teachings conflicted with the morals shown on TAHM.
“It was difficult for me to be on the show and be part of something that was making light of topics in our world where there are really problems for a lot of people,” he said. “I was a paid hypocrite because I wasn’t okay with it and I was still doing it.”
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In an effort to get off the air, Angus did interviews where he begged people to stop watching the hit show, telling viewers, “If you watch Two and a Half Men, please stop watching Two and a Half Men.”
He admits that wasn’t the best way to approach the situation.
“That’s his, like, baby,” Angus said, referring to the show’s creator Chuck Lorre. “To that degree I am apologetic… but otherwise, I don’t regret saying what I said.”
With his Hollywood career on hold, Angus is currently a student in Colorado and an active participate with the World Harvest Outreach Church, where his pastor, Dr. James R. Doggett Sr., praised his commitment to his religion.
“He really considers his relationship with God and what he’s putting out in the atmosphere to be a lot more important than his reputation in Hollywood,” Dr. Doggett told KHOU in Houston. “Angus, I’m not sure really cares a whole lot about being an actor or being well-known in that regard.”
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Well, at least not for now.
Although his acting career has been sidelined in favor of his academic and religious pursuits, he hasn’t ruled out show business entirely.
“There’s a few different productions that I do kind of [want to do],” Angus said. “Bible-based stories. Stuff like that.”