Viewers watched Angus T. Jones grow up as the titular “half-man” on hit CBS sitcom “Two and a Half Men”, but the teen’s tenure on the show came grinding to a halt after he made some religion-fuelled comments that essentially bashed the show that made him a millionaire.
The latest issue of People catches up with the former child star, now 23, who explains that at the time he was ready to turn his back on show biz.
“If you’d asked me a few years ago if I wanted to get back involved in the industry, I would have said, ‘No. Not at all,’” Jones tells People, who was earning $300,000 per episode on the Charlie Sheen-starring (and then Ashton Kutcher-starring) sitcom in which he played the son of Jon Cryer’s character.
Jones, however, was becoming increasingly religious, and made headlines when he appeared in a video (affiliated with the Seventh Day Adventist movement) in which he stated: “I’m on ‘Two and a Half Men’ and I don’t want to be,” describing the raunchy sitcom as “filth” and imploring viewers to stop watching.
Although he subsequently issued an apology, he eventually parted ways with the show, and didn’t even return for the series finale — which at the time was fine with him.
“I was very confident at that time,” Jones says of exiting the show. “Going to college was something I was really, really excited about.”
So he left Hollywood to attend University of Colorado at Boulder, where he says he relished living “a normal existence. I wasn’t the centre of everyone’s attention, and that was nice.”
Jones — who is currently “on a break” from school, looks back and admits things became a little weird. “I got pretty doomsday with my thinking for a long time, but now I’m having fun and enjoying where I’m at,” he says. “I no longer feel like every step I take is on a land mine.”
You can read more with Angus T. Jones in the latest issue of People.