Actor Tommy Dorfman has come out as
Dorfman, 29, is best known for playing
Ryan Shaver on the Netflix drama 13 Reasons Why.
In a new interview with TIME, Dorfman,
who came out as non-binary in 2017, said that she identifies as a
“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. 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. My name is Tommy,” she said.
Dorfman said that she worried her
transition would mean the end of her acting career.
“But I'm no longer interested in
playing 'male' characters – except for maybe in a 'Cate Blanchett
playing Bob Dylan' way,” she said. “Sometimes you just have to
say, 'No, this is just who I fucking am.'”
Dorfman said that she and her husband
Peter Zurkuhlen have 'redefined' their relationship to one of
“It’s wild to be 29 and going
through puberty again. Some days I feel like I’m 14. As a result of
that shift, the types of romantic partnerships I seek out are
"I was in a nine-year relationship
in which I was thought of as a more male-bodied person, with a gay
man. 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.
"Transitioning has been liberating
and clarifying,” she added.