Tommy Dorfman publicly clarified her gender identity this week, telling Time magazine that she has been living as a transgender woman for a year.
The actor of “13 Reasons Why” will use the pronouns “she” and “she”. However, she insisted that her announcement not be considered “coming out,” adding, “Today is a matter of clarity: I am a trans woman.”
“I see it today as a reintroduction to myself as a woman, having made a medical transition,” Dorfman said, before noting why she won’t be changing her name. “I am 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 held me as he died. It’s an evolution of Tommy. I’m becoming more of Tommy.
Elsewhere in the interview, the 29-year-old shared her early concerns about the impact living like herself would have on her Hollywood career. “I was concerned that by making an active transition in my personal life, I would lose the career that I was told I was supposed to have,” she said. “But I’m no longer interested in playing ‘male’ characters – except maybe the ‘Cate Blanchett playing Bob Dylan’ way. Sometimes it’s enough to say, ‘No, that’s just who I am.’ “
Professionally, she has stated that she would like to “imbue my trans body in film and television”, noting that Lena Dunham had chosen her for a female role in the upcoming “Sharp Stick” movie. On a more personal note, she said she expected to “redefine” her relationship with husband Peter Zurkuhlen, whom she married in 2016, as friends.
“I was in a nine-year relationship in which I was seen as a more masculine person, with a gay man,” she said. “I love him so much, but we’ve learned that as a trans woman, what interests me doesn’t necessarily reflect in a gay man. So we had some amazing conversations to redefine our relationship as friends.
“All I can do now is look to a future where I am hopefully just radically honest,” she continued. “This is who I am becoming.”
In addition to “13 Reasons Why”, the Georgia native has appeared in “Jane the Virgin” and “Love, Victor”, among other television shows. Last year, she starred in Freeform’s pandemic-themed romantic comedy miniseries “Love in the Time of Corona”.
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