Many child stars have seen their lives and careers implode upon reaching adulthood, but while many involve immoral and criminal behavior, former Two and a Half Men star Angus T. Jones flipped that script by letting his religious beliefs guide him away from the entertainment industry in the hit sitcom's later seasons. Now that a few years have passed, it appears Jones' feelings have softened to his former job, along with life in general. Here's how he put it when talking about his post-sitcom living.
I got pretty doomsday with my thinking for a long time, but now I'm having fun and enjoying where I'm at. I no longer feel like every step I take is on a landmine.
There's no doubting how trying the then-19-year-old Angus T. Jones' life must have been following his giant diatribe against Two and a Half Men, offering the actor a completely different kind of limelight than the one that follows a sitcom star. Jones was speaking out against the show for making his character Jake's storylines more bawdy and adult after he graduated high school, and the actor called for people to stop watching it. That didn't happen, of course, though audiences stopped watching him on it outside of reruns, since his planned recurring stint in Season 11 never came to fruition.
Not long after his video rant went viral, he publicly apologized to the cast and crew of Two and a Half Men, and the animosity was seemingly swept under the rug for good when Angus T. Jones returned to the show for its series finale. You know who didn't show up? Charlie Sheen, who had his own problems with Two and a Half Men, as you might recall. But at least Jones finally got back into having fun, and maybe he had some tiger blood hidden in his beard for that last appearance.
Though Jones enrolled in the University of Colorado at Boulder in his non-acting time, he's now back in L.A. and has recently earned the title of President of Entertainment for the events company Tonite, which was co-founded by Justin Combs, son of rapper/producer Sean "Diddy" Combs. So things are going pretty swell now, and here's what he told People about how he felt about his future after exiting Two and a Half Men.
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,' . . . I was very confident at that time. Going to college was something I was really excited about.
While he doesn't have any surefire hit CBS shows lined up, Angus T. Jones did pop in for a cameo in the Season 1 finale of Louis C.K.'s Horace and Pete earlier this year. And according to IMDb, he's apparently going to appear on the Nickelodeon kids show Nicky, Ricky, DIcky and Dawn as Jake Harper, although I'm not sure how that will happen. Coincidence? Or divine nature?