We all remember #AngusTJones as the lovable Jake from the hit sitcom #TwoAndAHalfMen, but the star went down a very different path back in 2012 when he renounced his stardom to indulge in some extreme fire and brimstone Christian beliefs at the age of just 20.
Now however, after years of being sucked into what he describes as "pretty doomsday" thinking, the former child star has confessed he is making a move away from organised religion and turning back to his first passion. Acting.
In a new interview with People Magazine, Jones explained that, although he "was very confident" about his decision to renounce his stardom at the time, he now has a more balanced view on Hollywood, and faith in general.
Angus's voyage of discovery began after stepping back from the bright lights of Hollywood to focus on studying environmental studies at the University of Colorado, but after just a year he switched to Jewish Studies – perhaps an unusual move for someone who identified as devoutly Christian, but a definite sign of his developing relationship with organised religion.
After learning more about other faiths, Jones realized that he needed some time grow as a person outside of a faith-based structure:
"Over the last three years I’ve been involved with various faith-based organizations. Right now, I’m stepping away from the organizational business-model programs. 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."
After making the decision to explore his own moral compass and view on the world as opposed to being solely shaped by scripture, Jones told interviewers that he felt positive about his new outlook:
"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."
But, what now for the 23-year-old? Angus admitted that he really enjoyed returning to Two and a Half Men for the season finale and that being on set inflamed his desire to act once more:
"Getting to be back on the set with everyone again kind of showed me how much I did like it and how much a part of me acting"
Although Jones isn't rushing back into the industry, he is currently actively involved in showbiz as the president of entertainment at Tonite, a company that was cofounded by Sean Diddy Combs's son, Justin.
Angus is however still open to the idea of returning to the spotlight, but wants to do things at his own pace to avoid the pressure he felt before, that no doubt, contributed to his search for salvation in hardline Christian faith groups:
"The door is definitely still open for me to do that [return to Hollywood], but I’m taking things slowly. But I’m kind of liking the ability to travel and to move around at a moment’s notice and not have to be in one spot for years at a time"
Personally, I admire Angus T. Jones for humbly admitting that he struggled to find his own path and it is refreshing to see a real, earnest personality emerge after his self-righteous condemnation of his previous career. Admitting you made mistakes takes courage and in Angus's own words:
"In terms of regrets, I try to avoid those completely. There’s no changing anything. There’s only moving forward"
Keep on moving, Angus, there are plenty of fans out there who will support you in your journey.
Do you think Angus T. Jones is courageous for being so candid about finding his own path?