Then came the Angus T. Jones video.
“This came as a surprise to most people. This isn’t who he grew up as,” a source on the show tells PEOPLE. “He’s always been a good kid and he’s very well-liked by everyone at the show.”
The 19-year-old has blasted the CBS sitcom that pays him a reported $350,000 an episode, saying in a video posted on a religious website: “Please stop watching it. Please stop filling your head with filth.”
The comments came during an apparent religious awakening for the actor in the Seventh-Day Adventist Church.
We are happy that Angus has joined the Seventh-Day Adventist family and has found a place in which he feels comfortable to worship and grow his faith, says George Johnson, a church spokesman. Recently, Angus made some statements concerning his spiritual journey and expressed his views concerning the television program Two and a Half Men.
“These comments are of a personal nature, reflecting his views after having undergone changes during his spiritual journey,” Johnson continues. “We welcome him with open arms to the worldwide Seventh-Day Adventist Church family and are excited about his commitment to God through his recent baptism at his church.”
Neither Jones nor reps for the show have spoken out.
The actor won’t be on the set this week – which was previously planned because his character isn’t involved in this episode.
“The cast was really surprised by the video,” says a second source on set. “At first they didn’t believe he’d say those things. … He always has a great attitude, which is why everyone was surprised. He’s friendly and talented and great at his job.”
• Reporting by MONICA RIZZO, AILI NAHAS and MELODY CHIU