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Tommy Dorfman’s Transition ‘Pushed Back’ Due To ’13 Reasons Why’ Series

Tommy Dorfman
Credit: @tommy.dorfman/Instagram

Tommy Dorfman has claimed that she would have transitioned earlier if it wasn’t for her role on 13 Reasons Why.

The 30-year-old actress played Ryan Shaver in the hit Netflix series that ran for four seasons.

However, speaking on the Broad Ideas with Rachel Bilson, Dorfman, while confirming that 13 Reasons Why was her first job, said: “In those early years of working, I was just trying to understand [myself].”

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The actress added: “I think if I hadn’t booked that job I would have transitioned a lot sooner.

“I think because of my work being so tied to my body and face and identify, or whatever [a character] identified as, it delayed some of my growth and some of my maturation in my twenties.

“I made decisions that were just not aligned with how I really was or what I wanted – but out of fear.”

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Dorfman came out as a trans woman in 2021, where she confirmed she’d be going by she/her pronouns.

Speaking to TIME magazine during that year, she described the interview as a ‘reintroduction’ of herself to the world.

Tommy Dorfman
Tommy Dorfman has claimed that she would have transitioned earlier if it wasn’t for her role on 13 Reasons Why. Credit: @tommy.dorfman/Instagram

Dorfman said: “For a year now, I have been privately identifying and living as a woman – a trans woman.

 “I’ve been living in this other version of coming out where I don’t feel safe enough to talk about it, so I just do it. 

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“But I recognise that transitioning is beautiful. Why not let the world see what that looks like?

“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 confirmed in that same interview that she was keeping the name Tommy as a tribute to her uncle, who died a month after she was born.

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