13 Reasons Why star Tommy Dorfman has publicly come out as trans, giving in an interview with novelist Torrey Peters published by Time today, saying, “For a year now, I have been privately identifying and living as a woman — a trans woman.”
“It’s funny to think about coming out, because I haven’t gone anywhere,” she continued. “I view today as a reintroduction to me as a woman, having made a transition medically. Coming out is always viewed as this grand reveal, but I was never not out. Today is about clarity: I am a trans woman. My pronouns are she/her.”
Dorfman, 29, will not change her name, which she was given in honor of her mother’s brother who died shortly after she was born.
“I feel very connected to that name, to an uncle who held me as he was dying,” she said. “This is an evolution of Tommy. I’m becoming more Tommy.”
“I love my name, I want to keep my name and give new life to my name,” she continued. “I’m really proud of the person that I was, too. I think that’s important to acknowledge. I’m proud of who I’ve been for the last however many years.”
As for her career, she says:
“It is impossible for me to separate my personal and professional transition, because my body and face are linked to my career.”
“I’m most recognized for playing a bitchy gay poet on a soap opera, and I feared that by actively transitioning in my personal life, I would lose whatever career I’ve been told I’m supposed to have,” she said. “But I’m no longer interested in playing ‘male’ characters.”
Dorfman was given her first role as a woman in Lena Dunham‘s upcoming film Sharp Stick. She’s also set to direct an adaptation of Mason Deaver‘s I Wish You All the Best and is starring this fall in the Channel 4 limited series Fracture.
“I feel like I haven’t scratched the surface with my career or work because everything I’ve done up until the end of last year has been in the wrong body, and not in my truth,” Dorfman said. “So much of my work as an actor was like, hiding this part of myself and then bringing life to a character. And so I think I’m just excited to play women. Trans women, cis women, women in general. Non-binary, femme-presenting people. And it’s funny because I loved acting but I would hate going to work. It would always feel really uncomfortable to me. And now I know why.”
Such exciting news, I know everybody at WOW is very, very happy for her! (via People)