Tommy Dorfman on Transitioning After 13 Causes Why

One yr after publicly reintroducing herself to the world as a trans lady, Tommy Dorfman is reflecting on the impression her Hollywood profession has had on her gender identification. The “13 Causes Why” alum — who starred within the Netflix unique sequence from 2017-2020 — revealed in an interview with Time in July 2021 that she’d been “been privately figuring out and residing as a lady.” Throughout an Aug. 15 episode of the “Broad Ideas with Rachel Bilson” podcast, she acquired extra candid about her performing begin and its affect on her transition.

“. . . it delayed a few of my progress and a few of my maturation in my mid-20s.”

“In these early years of working, I used to be simply attempting to grasp [myself],” Dorfman stated. “I believe if I hadn’t booked that job [’13 Reasons Why’], I’d’ve began transitioning quite a bit sooner. I believe as a result of my work being so tied to my physique and face and identification, or no matter I had been recognized as, it delayed a few of my progress and a few of my maturation in my mid-20s. I additionally suppose I made selections that have been simply not aligned with who I actually was or what I needed, however out of concern.”

Dorfman, who divorced her husband, Peter Zurkuhlen, in February after 5 years of marriage, added that, reflecting now, she feels she acquired married in 2016 as a result of “it felt like a protected, safe house that I may carve out for myself in a world that was ever-changing.”

Dorfman additionally elaborated on the timing of her transition, noting that she as soon as felt like she was “by no means the precise age.” “I at all times felt like I wasn’t in the precise place, proper time, at all times felt like I wasn’t actually meant for the world I used to be residing in,” she stated. ” . . . After I began transitioning, I went, ‘Oh, no, no, no, no, I am completely meant for this physique, this time, and this world, I simply was carrying a sweater that was three sizes too small for 28 years.'”

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