“For a year I have been identifying and living privately as a woman, a trans woman.” With this clear and concise phrase begins the interview that Tommy Dorfman, who rose to fame for his role as Ryan Shaver in the Netflix series For thirteen reasons, has granted the magazine Time and in which she describes the transition process that she has undergone in the last year. “Coming out of the closet always looks like a big reveal, but I never stopped being out. Today it is clear: I am a trans woman. My pronoun is she. My name is Tommy, ”he adds at the beginning of the conversation, making it clear that he wants to keep his name. “There is a possibility that I really couldn’t afford to do, which is disappear for two years and come back with a new name, a new face, and a new body. But that’s not what I wanted. “
Dorfman’s change began to become apparent on her social networks about a year ago, in a kind of visual diary that has generated all kinds of speculation about it during this time and before which she had remained silent. Up to now. “The transition is beautiful. Why not let the world see what it is like? So I saved, on Instagram, a time capsule with a diary, one showing a body living in a more fluid space. However, I have learned as a public figure that my refusal to clarify things can deprive me of the freedom to control my own narrative, “he commented in the publication. Dorfman, who regularly posts posed images to the social network, has 1.4 million followers.
Regarding the refusal to change her name, Dorfman has been blunt and has stated that this option for her “is not viable.” “I am named after my mother’s brother who passed away a month after I was born, and I feel very connected with that name, with an uncle who hugged me while he died. This is an evolution of Tommy. “
In the extensive interview, in which the interviewer —Torrey Peters is a trans writer and author of the publishing phenomenon in the US transition baby– asks about 15 questions, Dorfman also pays attention to the current situation of the LGTBI community in the United States and recommends seeking support and help through organizations and adopting an activist and advocacy attitude. “In the last six months there have been dozens of bills introduced to inhibit the success, safety and livelihoods of trans people,” says the actress.
Dorfman, who will direct an adaptation of I wish you all the best, Mason Deaver, and plays her first role as a woman in the upcoming Lena Dunham film, believes that it is impossible to separate her transition in personal life and in the professional field and acknowledges that she is not interested in playing “male” characters: “ Sometimes you just have to say, ‘No, this is who I am.’
The American actress has not been the only interpreter who in recent months has spoken publicly about her transition process. At the end of 2020, Elliot Page, protagonist of the films Juno and from the series The Umbrella Academy, also from Netflix, announced in a statement that it identified as transgender.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.