The actress was recently a guest on Rachel Bilsons Broad Ideas podcast, where she gave an update about her personal and professional life. Through the conversation, Dorfman who divorced from her husband of six years, Peter Zurkuhlen, this past year confirmed she actually is engaged to a female, though she didn’t identify her.
While chatting about her new relationship, she told Bilson, I fell deeply in love with a person who doesnt fetishize me, noting the challenges around dating and relationships for trans people. She continued to describe the partnership as very affirming.
But through the conversation, Dorfman also exposed in what her transition experience has been like since she reintroduced herself in July 2021. She compares the knowledge to her first year of sobriety while explaining that at the very least section of why she made a decision to transition only this past year was due partly to her work in Hollywood, and much more specifically, her role on 13 EXPLANATIONS WHY.
I believe easily hadnt booked that job I’d have transitioned a whole lot sooner, Dorfman explained. I believe because of might work being so linked with my own body and face and identity, or whatever [a character] defined as, it delayed a few of my growth plus some of my maturation in my own 20s. I made decisions which were not aligned with how I must say i was or what I needed but out of fear.
Dorfman also spoke about how exactly her first 12 months since reintroducing herself as a female has been very odd and confusing with each day feeling different much like how she felt for the reason that period immediately after becoming sober in her early 20s. I believe if youre coping with dysphoria, its not dissimilar to living actively in alcoholism or addiction, she said. Youre surviving in a fog. Youre living underwater, basically.
For me personally, I usually felt like other folks had a guidebook forever that I simply didn’t [have], she continued. I’d continually be like, How do you realize how exactly to brush your teeth twice each day? Thats crazy. Or, You understand how to produce a bed? Or these simple basic human items that were not open to me. Or, like, emotions. I was like, You are feeling emotions beyond acting? Thats weird. The acting was the only path I possibly could feel things until I started transitioning. Then it had been like, boom!
Dorfman previously said that after starting to take estrogen in August, something the actress told Bilson her fiance helped her with in early stages,she felt grounded.
I could sleep now. I awaken moderately happy. I felt it hit, and I was like, Lets ride, she explained. So when the testosterone leaves my own body, Personally i think so far better. Im more energized. Personally i think how I believe I was always likely to feel.
Dorfman, who has chronicled her transition on social media marketing, previously said her decision was spurred through the pandemic carrying out a Calvin Klein campaign in NY for Pride. Seeing herself on a large Lafayette Street billboard gave her such dysphoria it helped push her toward transitioning.