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Tommy Dorfman Reintroduces Herself As A Transgender Woman

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“I view today as a reintroduction to me as a woman, having made a transition medically,” actor Tommy Dorfman said.  (Photo: Gizelle Hernandez for Time)
“I view today as a reintroduction to me as a woman, having made a transition medically,” actor Tommy Dorfman said. (Photo: Gizelle Hernandez for Time)

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 “13 Reasons Why” actor will be using the pronouns “she” and “her.” She was adamant, however, that her announcement not be deemed a “coming out,” adding, “Today is about clarity: I am a trans woman.”

“I view today as a reintroduction to me as a woman, having made a transition medically,” said Dorfman, before noting why she won’t be changing her 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.”

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Elsewhere in the interview, the 29-year-old shared her initial concerns over how living as her true self would impact her Hollywood career. “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 — except for maybe in a ‘Cate Blanchett playing Bob Dylan’ way. Sometimes you just have to say, ‘No, this is just who I fucking am.’”

Professionally, she said she’d like to “infuse my trans body into film and television” moving forward, noting that Lena Dunham cast her in a female role in the forthcoming movie “Sharp Stick.” On a more personal note, she said she expected to “redefine” her relationship with husband Peter Zurkuhlen, whom she married in 2016.

“All I can do now is look to a future where I am, hopefully, just radically honest,” said Dorfman.  (Photo: Gizelle Hernandez for Time)
“All I can do now is look to a future where I am, hopefully, just radically honest,” said Dorfman. (Photo: Gizelle Hernandez for Time)

“I was in a nine-year relationship in which I was thought of as a more male-bodied person, with a gay man,” she said. “I love him so much, but we’ve been learning that as a trans woman, what I’m interested in is not necessarily reflected in a gay man. So we’ve had incredible 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. “That’s the person 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 had a starring role the Freeform pandemic-themed romantic comedy miniseries “Love in the Time of Corona.”

This article originally appeared on HuffPost and has been updated.

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