Tommy Dorfman said she would have “changed a lot sooner” if she hadn’t landed her role on Netflix’s teen drama. 13 reasons why.
The 30-year-old actor played classmate Ryan Shaver in the 2017 series, which follows the aftermath of high school student Hannah Baker’s (Katherine Langford) suicide.
In a recent appearance on the podcast Big Ideas with Rachel BilsonDorfman explained how her “growth” and “maturation” were delayed by her Hollywood career.
“In those early years of my career, I was just trying to understand [myself]’ she said, adding that 13 reasons why was her first real job.
“I think if I hadn’t booked this job, I would have switched much earlier,” she muses. “I think because my work is so attached to my body and my face and identifies with me or whatever [a character] identified, it delayed some of my growth and some of my maturation in my twenties.
She said, “I’ve made choices that just weren’t aligned with who I really was or what I wanted — but out of fear.”
Dorfman re-imagined herself as a trans woman in July 2021 in a time Interview with author Torrey Peters.
“Coming out is always seen as that big reveal, but I’ve never been out. Today is about clarity: I am a trans woman. My pronouns are she/her. My name is Tommy,” she said at the time.
In February, Dorfman’s husband of five years, Peter Zurkuhelen, filed for divorce.
13 reasons why can be streamed on Netflix.
https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/tv/news/tommy-dorfman-13-reasons-why-transitioned-b2146402.html Tommy Dorfman says she would have “changed a lot sooner” if she hadn’t booked the role on 13 Reasons Why