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What Happened to Jake Harper from Two and a Half Men?
Angus T. Jones from Two and a Half men old and young
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What Happened to Jake Harper from Two and a Half Men?

After growing up in America as one of TV's most adorable and funniest kids, Angus T. Jones decided to step out of the spotlight for a while.But where is he now?

Everyone has a favorite child star, but most of them disappear from the public eye as they get older, leaving fans and everyone else wondering where they went. Sometimes it can be a real shame, especially in the case of Angus T. Jones.

Angus started his acting career at a very young age. At only 4 years old, he was already featured in commercials for brands like Volkswagen, Home Depot and Kraft Cheese.


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But out of all the roles he played, Angus Turner Jones gained his real fame in Two and a Half Men.

two and a half men season 9 cover

The highly successful sitcom got Angus earned over $350,000 per episode, making him not only the highest paid child actor, but one of the richest teen celebrities in the world at the time. Pretty impressive for a kid, huh?

The former adorable, chubby-cheeked child became a household name for starring in Two and a Half Men as Jake Harper, a young boy whose parents got divorced and had to move with his dad in his uncle’s Malibu beach house. 

Angus saw great success while playing Jake and even got a few awards for his performance in the show. But unfortunately, the fame took Half Men star Angus for a wild ride. Suddenly, Jones was all over the news putting himself and the show in a bad light. A few years later, the actor seemed to disappear. But where did he go?

Why Angus T. Jones' New Faith Ended His Two and a Half Men Run

Two and a Half Men original cast

For some reason, in the 2010s, Jones started getting very religious joining the Seventh Day Adventist Church.

In 2012, the Two and a Half men star did an interview with The Forerunner Chronicles in which he discussed his calling and how he was instantly hooked.

"The message that the pastor was preaching that day was tailor-made for me," Jones revealed. "I just loved it. It was so great. It was so clear."

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While Angus found new faith, it had nothing to do with his slowly disappearing from Two and a Half Men -- at least not directly. The real problem was that Jones began to publicly and vehemently slam the show because of those new beliefs.

He urged fans to drop the show " please stop watching Two and a Half Men. I'm on Two and a Half Men, and I don't want to be on it. Please stop watching it".

In an interview with The Forerunner Chronicles, the actor went on to call his sitcom “filth” and said that “You cannot be a true God-fearing person and be on a television show like that." 

Still of Angus T Jones and Ashton Kutcher on Two and a half men
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"I was a paid hypocrite because I wasn't okay with it, but I was still doing it."

Angus T. Jones to People

It didn’t take long for T, Jones to realize that his insults during the now-infamous interview had raised a few eyebrows and sparked massive controversy. He later tried to backtrack his statements and apologized to his coworkers, showing remorse for his perceived ungratefulness and acknowledging how blessed he was.

Nevertheless, Angus decided to quit his role as Jake Harper in Two and a Half Men at the end of the 10th season. The young actor wanted to dedicate his time to creating Bible-based stories and spread the word of God,

Angus T. Jones Departed Two and a Half Men on Good Terms

Jon Cryer, Angus Jones and Charlie Sheen on Two and a Half Men

Despite the fact that Jones has created quite the stir with his statements before leaving the show, it seemed like there was no bad blood between him and the cast or crew. To prove that, the team invited the young actor to make a special and final appearance in the Two and a Half Men series finale. And fans were excited to see Jake Harper one last time.

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"That’s all water under the bridge," said Chuck Lorre, the co-creator of Two and a Half Men, to Variety. "[Angus] apologized shortly after (his comments). We’re on good terms. We reached out to him he was eager and excited to do it. It was like old times -- except that he’s not eight years old anymore. But we had so much fun with him all week."

Where Is Angus T. Jones Now?

Angus T. Jones Two and a Half Men older and with a beard

After leaving the show, Jones enrolled at the University of Colorado Boulder in an environmental studies program. Later, he changed his major to Jewish studies to further explore religion. He was also excited to get out of the spotlight for a while as he told People : “I wasn't the center of everyone’s attention, and that was nice.”

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 land mine.

Angus T. Jones

The former child star is now part of the management team of a media and event production company called Tonite. After all the drama surrounding his religious beliefs, Jones eventually realized that he went a bit too far and ended up backing away to focus on himself and his career.

Guest Star Miley Cyrus on two and a half men

"Right now, I’m stepping away from the organizational business-model programs" The American former actor shared in an interview, "I’m interested in seeing where I go without an organization putting a stamp of approval on if I’m good or bad or whatever.”

Will Angus T. Jones Return to Hollywood?

Angus Jones in glasses at a premiere for Two and a Half Men

After leaving Two and a Half Men in 2016, Angus made an appearance in Horace and Pete , a project created by Louis C. K.. The show is about two brothers who run a family bar, with Jones playing the role of Horace, who wants to keep the bar open and continue the family tradition.

Looking back, it seems like Angus regrets the days he spent slamming the sitcom that made him a celebrity and says "the door is definitely still open" for him to return to his acting career. However, he still wants to feel free to travel and move around if he feels like it.

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"I now fully understand what people meant when they told me that Two and a Half Men was one of the best jobs ever if not the best job ever," Jones told Billboard. That was the opportunity of a lifetime and everyone’s always told me that, but I’m really actually understanding myself now. It showed me what it takes to put on a good show."

still from two and a half men

He may not be the cute kid anymore, but fans all over the world will always remember the days the child star made them laugh out loud while portraying Jake Harper.

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