TORONTO — Angus T. Jones, who grew up on the sitcom Two and a Half Men, said he was a “paid hypocrite.”
The actor, who played Jake Harper on the series from 2003 until the end of last season, told Houston TV station KHOU he is happy about his decision to walk away.
“It was making light of topics in our world that are really problems for a lot of people,” said Jones, “and I was a paid hypocrite because I wasn’t okay with it but I was still doing it.”
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Jones made millions working on Two and a Half Men — he was the highest paid child actor on television — and continues to reap royalties.
Jones, now 20, has stopped shaving and is enrolled at the University of Colorado. He was in Houston to speak at the Seventh-Day Adventist congregation World Harvest Outreach.
“I really want to be able to come into the light because I know that’s where genuine healing is and I’ve just seen God do amazing things,” he explained.
In a video posted online in late 2012, Jones urged people to stop watching Two and a Half Men. He later issued a statement apologizing to series creator Chuck Lorre.
But in the new interview, Jones said: “I insulted his baby and to that degree I am apologetic but otherwise I don’t regret saying what I said.”
Jones said he is interested in returning to acting, but in “Bible-based stories and stuff like that.”
Two and a Half Men, starring Jon Cryer and Ashton Kutcher, has been renewed for another season.