Tommy Dorfman Reveals Her Hormone Treatment Felt Like 'Second Puberty'

Tommy Dorfman is sharing more details about her transition, weeks after coming out as transgender.

The 13 Reasons Why star made the revelation in an interview with Time, which was published in July, as she also shared an announcement on Instagram.

And in a new interview with InStyle, Dorfman has revealed that taking hormones to facilitate her physical transition was like going through a "second puberty" as she observed the physical changes to her body.

"I... had never seen a body in transition before, and I think that's a scary thing as a trans person," she told the publication. "It's kind of alien, and it's incredibly autonomous.

"It's puberty as an adult if you do it at my age—it's a second puberty, and 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."

Dorfman's transition will also see her enjoy something of an onscreen rebirth, as she has a role in Lena Dunham's upcoming movie Sharp Stick, in which she plays "just a woman—not a trans woman specifically. It's not one way or another."

"It was perfect," she added of her role. "It was one scene. It was a dream. Honestly, it was a perfect appetizer. It was even a pre-appetizer... Lena is fab. We're working on a couple of other projects together that are more substantive. I wasn't even auditioning as a woman until recently."

Looking to the future, Dorfman said: "I can't wait to bring life to women onscreen. I went to theater school and would always wish I could portray one of the sisters instead of the boy love interest.

"My brother and I played video games like Mortal Kombat, and I would only choose to be the female characters because the idea of playing a male character was impossible to me. I was talking to my other actor friends, and I was like: 'I can't believe I had any kind of career as a boy, because I can't imagine doing that now.' I would love to play a boy again in some capacity, but as a woman."

Dorfman, married to Peter Zurkuhlen, said in her interview with Time last month: "For a year now, I have been privately identifying and living as a woman—a trans woman."

She told novelist Torrey Peters: "It's funny to think about coming out, because I haven't gone anywhere. I view today as a reintroduction to me as a woman, having made a transition medically."

"Coming out is always viewed as this grand reveal, but I was never not out," she continued. "Today is about clarity: I am a trans woman. My pronouns are she/her. My name is Tommy."

Discussing why she kept her name, Dorfman said: "I'm named after my mom's brother who passed a month after I was born, and I feel very connected to that name, to an uncle who held me as he was dying."

The Atlanta-born screen star went on: "This is an evolution of Tommy. I'm becoming more Tommy... I am actually myself."

"13 Reasons Why" star Tommy Dorfman
"13 Reasons Why" star Tommy Dorfman has shared more details about her physical transition, weeks after reintroducing herself to the world as a transgender woman. Gotham/GC Images;/Kirstin Sinclair/Getty Images