Former 'Two and a Half Men' star opens up about leaving show, his faith

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by JACQUELINE CREA

KHOU 11 News Houston

Posted on March 17, 2014 at 11:58 AM

HOUSTON – It has been about a year since Angus T. Jones left the show “Two and a Half Men,” after playing the character Jake for nearly 10 years.

His leaving was controversial. In a November 2012 interview, he blasted the sitcom and asked people to stop watching it.

Jones claimed he wasn’t living the life he wanted as a Christian, that he found himself rediscovering his faith and it was making it difficult to play his role in the hit show.

“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,” Jones said. “I was a paid hypocrite because I wasn’t OK with it and I was still doing it.”

So he left the show after his contract ended. But in hindsight, he said he could’ve approached it differently. He admits he feels guilty for openly criticizing the show and creator Chuck Lorre.

“That’s his like baby and I just totally insulted his baby, and to that degree I am apologetic, but otherwise I don’t regret saying what I said,” Jones said.

These days, he’s going to school in Colorado, growing a beard, and spending time with the World Harvest Outreach Church in Houston.

Saturday, he told his story to parishioners about how he found God. He’s become a close follower of the Seventh Day Adventist Church.

“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," said Dr. James R. Doggett Sr., pastor at World Harvest Outreach Church. "Angus, I’m not sure really cares a whole lot about being an actor or being well known in that regard."

Jones recited a few scriptures from the Bible, noting he is still actively learning and studying his faith.

“I really want to come into the light because I know that is where the healing is and I’ve seen God do amazing things,” Jones said.

He may have put acting on the back burner for now, but he hasn’t completely ruled it out.

“There’s a few different productions that like do kind of Bible-based stories. Stuff like that,” Jones said.

He said his time away from the spotlight is the most rewarding.

“He’s part of Houston. He goes to church here in Houston. And, by the way, he loves Texas," Doggett said. "He was born in Austin."

Jones visits different churches and ministries around the country and will probably be back to visit Texas to share his story of how he went from Hollywood sets to church pews, and that’s where he plans to stay.

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