Tommy Dorfman mentioned she would have transitioned earlier if not for ’13 Reasons Why’

“I think if I hadn’t booked that job, I would’ve started transitioning a lot sooner,” Dorfman instructed Rachel Bilson on her podcast “Broad Ideas.” “I think because my work being (sic) so tied to my body and like face and like identity, and whatever I’d been identified as, it delayed some of my growth and maturation in my mid-20s.”
Dorfman mentioned she was forged on “13 Reasons Why” at 24, and even then she was combating gender dysphoria. However on the collection, a controversial however broadly watched teen drama that premiered in 2017, Dorfman performed a homosexual, cisgender male, a state of affairs that led her to “compartmentalize” the elements of her that questioned her id.

“For me, I feel like I kind of got stuck in time for a minute,” she mentioned of her casting on the present, for which she additionally expressed gratitude. “When it came to anything around dysphoria or gender or stuff that had already been really present, I was like, ‘nope, that’s not for now.'”

Dorfman additionally in contrast the primary yr of sobriety — she’s been sober since she was 21, she instructed Bilson — to her first yr dwelling as an out trans girl and the milestones she’s reached. Solely this time, she mentioned, she’s reaching these milestones very publicly.

“I felt like I had to do all those things again as a woman,” Dorfman mentioned.” As my body takes a new shape and new form, more organically, like from hormones, I’m then confronted with new challenges.”

Dorfman had privately transitioned a yr earlier than her 2021 interview with Time. She referred to as the announcement a “reintroduction to me as a woman.”