Actor Angus T Jones, known for playing the role of Jake Harper in the popular CBS series Two and a Half Men, now speaks at churches talking about his new-found faith in the Bible, God and Christianity.
According to Jonathan Block, writing for the Mail Online, one of Britain’s most popular daily newspapers, Jones, 20, left the popular CBS series last year, where he was paid $350,000 an episode. He called the program ‘filth.’ Jones’ net worth is estimated at $15 million, and he is now reported to be a student at the University of Colorado.
The Mail Online reports that nearly a year after leaving Two and a Half Men, actor Angus T Jones, known as on the show as Jake Harper, ” has traded the bright lights of Hollywood sets for church pews.”
Jones, who in 2010 became the highest paid child actor in television history at age 17 netting $300,000 per episode, left the show last year at the end of the tenth season after he made controversial comments that he had embraced Christianity and found the role he was playing didn’t jive well with his religious values. He made negative remarks about the series and said he wanted to exit.
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In a video posted in November 2012 by The Forerunner Chronicles, Jones discussed why he decided to get closer to his Christian background. He also said, “If you watch ‘Two and a Half Men,’ please stop watching [it].I’m on ‘Two and a Half Men’; I don’t want to be on it. Please stop watching it. Please stop filling your head with filth.”
Now seen sporting a scruffy beard and long hair, Jones, who lives in Colorado where he attends the University of Colorado in Boulder, has fully embraced Christianity, and he visits churches across the country, “speaking about God and religion,” the Mail Online reported.
“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 told Houston, Texas, television station KHOU. “I was a paid hypocrite because I wasn’t OK with it and I was still doing it.”
When he left the show, Jones walked away from a popular role that made him a rich teenager. At the time, he was making $350,000 per episode, or $8.4 million a season. His net worth is estimated at $15 million, according to www.CelebrityNetworth.com.
Jones was in Houston over the weekend where he spoke at World Harvest Outreach, a Seventh-day Adventist congregation. He read from the Bible and also told parishioners why he embraced Christianity.
“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,” said Jones.
World Harvest Outreach Church Pastor James R. Doggett Sr., told KHOU: “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. Angus, I’m not sure really cares a whole lot about being an actor or being well known in that regard.”
The Mail Online said that although Jones has left acting for now, he says he may not be gone for long.
“There’s a few different productions that like to do kind of Bible-based stories. Stuff like that,” Jones said.
You can learn more about Angus’ current work by visiting his Facebook Page
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Michael Ireland is a volunteer Internet Journalist and Licensed Minister who has served as Chief Correspondent and Senior International Correspondent for ASSIST News Service since 1998. He has reported for ANS from Jamaica, Mexico, Nicaragua, Israel, Jordan, China, and Russia. His volunteer work with ANS is a sponsored ministry department “Michael Ireland Media Missionary (MIMM)” of Artists in Christian Testimony (A.C.T) International of Brentwood, Tennessee.