In a new interview with Access Hollywood, the Orange Is the New Black star who now identifies as gender fluid, opens about her previous struggles with gender identity and how she was able to break free in her own way.
The actress revealed that she was brutally bullied in school and came out at the age of 12. She had also begun saving for gender reassignment surgery long before that.
"I had this jar that I would pledge dollars... to go towards this surgery that I didn't really know a lot about," she explained. "I think I'd seen a daytime documentary or something on Oprah and I was like, 'That's what I'm going to do.' And so I started saving from probably the age of like five."
Ultimately, she decided never to crack open that childhood jar. "When I got to 15 was when I kind of started to get more into my body and I shaved my head and my mom was like 'I don't know what's going on right now, but if you are happy, then do it' and I started to change the way I dressed and talked and realized that I didn't want to transition, I just wanted to be more comfortable in my own skin."
And that's really what it's all about, isn't it?