'13 Reasons Why' star Tommy Dorfman says she's 'never felt better' after taking female hormones

'13 Reasons Why' star Tommy Dorfman says she's 'never felt better' after taking female hormones
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  • Tommy Dorfman told InStyle that she's "never felt better" after taking estrogen.

  • Dorfman reintroduced herself as a woman in July via a Time magazine interview.

  • She said that she doesn't think she was "genuinely happy" until she started her transition last year.

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Tommy Dorfman says she's "never felt better" after taking female hormones in a new interview with InStyle about her transition.

Dorfman reintroduced herself as a woman in July via an interview with Time magazine. In the interview, she said she had been "privately identifying and living as a woman" for a year before she broke the news to the public.

In the interview with InStyle, The "13 Reasons Why" star spoke further about why she decided to reintroduce herself through the Time article.

"I had to be in a more secure place in my life - in my career, financially, whatever - because I needed to take time off to do it," She said. "Whenever I close my eyes or dream, I see myself as a woman. That was always the case. A trans elder asked me what I see myself as when I'm older, when I'm 60, 70, 90. It was so clear, I just saw Cate Blanchett. But I really couldn't imagine not being a mother or a grandmother. My spirit was so attuned to whatever it means to be a woman."

Dorfman added that support from other women and COVID shutting down the world helped her make the decision to "step into womanhood." Dorfman also reflected on how she has been happier since she started taking female hormones.

She said: "I just switched my hormones, and I've never felt better in my life. I spent 28 years of my life suicidal and depressed and recovering from alcoholism and drug addiction. I don't think I've ever been genuinely happy until this past year. I look at the Internet chronicle of photos of me since I started working, and I can see how fucking unhappy I was in every photo. It's wild."

"Two weeks into having estrogen in my body, I was like, 'Oh,'" The 29-year-old actress continued. "It felt like I sank into the earth and was grounded. I can sleep now. I wake up moderately happy. I felt it hit, and I was like, 'Let's ride.' And as the testosterone leaves my body, I feel so much better. I'm more energized. I feel how I think I was always supposed to feel."

Dorfman will star in a female role for the first time in Lena Dunham's upcoming movie "Sharp Stick."

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