Tommy Dorfman, 29, revealed this Thursday (22) that he is a transsexual woman. The statement was given in an interview with Time magazine, in which he said he had been living this gender identity secretly for a year.
The actress was known for her role as cisgender student Ryan Shaver on Netflix’s “13 Reasons Why.” “It’s funny to talk about taking over, because I hadn’t gone anywhere,” he commented. “I see today as a reintroduction for me as a woman, having made a medical transition.”
“Coming out of the closet is always seen as a big revelation, but I never stopped coming out,” he said. “Today it’s about clarity: I’m a trans woman. My pronouns are she/they. My name is Tommy.”
Dorfman also said that he did not hide, but he also did not speak clearly about the matter. “I’ve learned, as a public speaker, that my refusal to clarify can deprive me of the freedom to control my own narrative,” he said. “With this medical transition, there was a speech about my body and it started to feel overwhelming.”
“So recently I looked at examples of other people who turned out to be trans,” he said. “That’s the version I really couldn’t do, which is to disappear for two years and come back with a new name, a new face and a new body. But that’s not what I wanted.”
She said she does not intend to change her name because of the readjustment. “I was named after my mother’s brother, who died a month after I was born, and I feel very attached to that name, to an uncle who hugged me when he was dying,” she said. “This is an evolution of Tommy. I’m becoming more Tommy.”
The actress also said that she intends to continue in the profession. “It’s impossible for me to separate my personal transition from the professional one, because my body and face are linked to my career,” he said. “I’m best known for playing a bitchy gay poet in ’13 Reasons Why,’ and I feared that by actively transitioning my personal life, I would lose whatever career I was told I should have.”
“But I’m not interested in playing male characters anymore — except maybe in a ‘Cate Blanchett playing Bob Dylan’ way. Sometimes you just have to say, ‘No, that’s exactly what I am.’