The 13 Reasons Why star Tommy Dorfman has come out as a trans woman, updating her pronouns to she/her. In an interview with Time Magazine, Tommy revealed the news to the public stating that she has privately been a trans woman for a year now.
Tommy told Time Magazine’s interviewer Torrey Peters, “I view today as a reintroduction to me as a woman, having made a transition medically … Today is about clarity: I am a trans woman. My pronouns are she/her. My name is Tommy.”
“With this medical transition, there has been discourse about my body, and it began to feel overwhelming,” she explained. “So, recently I looked to examples of others who have come out as trans. There’s the version I couldn’t really afford to do, which is to disappear for two years and come back with a new name, new face and new body. But that’s not what I wanted.”
As Tommy Dorfman has decided to keep her name, she also stated that nothing has changed in her as a person. She said, “I’m not a different person. I want to keep my name, and give new life to my name, I’m named after my mom’s brother who passed a month after I was born, and I feel very connected to that name, to an uncle who held me as he was dying. This is an evolution of Tommy. I’m becoming more Tommy.”
Talking about the future, Tommy is optimistic and hopeful. Dorfman stated, “One doesn’t have to medically transition to be trans, but for me, it was an active choice. I’m aligning my body with my soul,” she says. “Yet as a result of that, I am losing some things. I have to reckon with the fact that I brought along a lot of people and things who might not end up being there for this part of my journey. All I can do now is look to a future where I am, hopefully, just radically honest. That’s the person I am becoming.”
Mentioning the impact of her revelation on her acting career, Tommy told Peters, “I feel like I haven’t scratched the surface for me and my work because everything I’ve done up until the end of last year has been in the wrong body and not in my truth, and so much of my work as an actor was hiding this part of myself and then bringing life to character,” she explained. “So I’m just excited to play women: trans women, cis women, women in general, nonbinary presenting people. It’s funny because I loved acting but I would hate going to work. It always felt really uncomfortable to me and now I know why.”