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Tommy Dorfman says starting female hormones was like going through a ‘second puberty’

Tommy Dorfman reveals starting hormones was like going through a ‘second puberty’… after reintroducing herself as a transgender woman

Tommy Dorfman says transitioning was like going through a ‘second puberty.’

The actress, 29, reintroduced herself to the world as a transgender woman back in July after privately embarking on her ‘medical’ transition during the coronavirus quarantine.

Talking about her choice to start taking hormones along with a bombshell photospread, Tommy told: InStyle: ‘It’s puberty as an adult if you do it at my age — it’s a second puberty.’

New you: Tommy Dorfman compared taking female hormones to going through a ‘second puberty’ while talking about her transition with InStyle

The journey was new for Tommy, who said: ‘I also had never seen a body in transition before, and I think that’s a scary thing as a trans person.’

‘It’s kind of alien, and it’s incredibly autonomous,’ she went on.

‘It’s puberty as an adult if you do it at my age — it’s a second puberty,’ Tommy remarked, adding that ‘I think you’re supposed to go through puberty at an age when you don’t remember it because it hurts.’

‘It’s body-aching and emotionally wonky. But I had an opportunity to be of service. And for the most part, putting it into my work. 

Transformation: The actress, 29, reintroduced herself to the world as a transgender woman back in July after privately embarking on her 'medical' transition during the coronavirus quarantine

Transformation: The actress, 29, reintroduced herself to the world as a transgender woman back in July after privately embarking on her ‘medical’ transition during the coronavirus quarantine

A lot to handle: 'It's puberty as an adult if you do it at my age — it's a second puberty,' Tommy remarked, adding that 'I think you're supposed to go through puberty at an age when you don't remember it because it hurts'

A lot to handle: ‘It’s puberty as an adult if you do it at my age — it’s a second puberty,’ Tommy remarked, adding that ‘I think you’re supposed to go through puberty at an age when you don’t remember it because it hurts’

The 13 Reasons Why actress said she ‘only’ takes supplemental hormones and did not mention undergoing any surgery. 

While many in the transgender community take hormones or undergo surgery to reduce feelings of gender dysphoria – the feeling arising from having mismatched biological sex and gender identity – the decision to medically transition is a personal choice, and is in now way required for trans people, according to GLAAD.

For Tommy, the new hormone treatments changed her life. 

‘I just switched my hormones, and I’ve never felt better in my life,’ she said.  

Life changing: 'I just switched my hormones, and I've never felt better in my life,' she said

Life changing: ‘I just switched my hormones, and I’ve never felt better in my life,’ she said

‘I spent 28 years of my life suicidal and depressed and recovering from alcoholism and drug addiction,’ she explained.

‘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 f**king unhappy I was in every photo. It’s wild.’

Tommy can next be seen in the drama The Shuroo Process. After that, she’ll appear in Lena Dunham’s Sharp Stick.

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