Why Did Rachel McAdams Dye Her Hair Red? 'It Was the Only Color Left!'

04/10/2013 at 03:28 PM ET

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She’s been blonde, brunette and even pink — so what inspired Rachel McAdams to take the plunge and become a redhead?

“This was the only color left!” she told PEOPLE, laughing, at the L.A. premiere of To The Wonder.

But seriously: “My mother is a redhead, so I thought maybe I could pull it off,” she shared. “If she could do it, maybe I could do it. I don’t know, I just thought that it would be fun.”

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And McAdams is already making the most of her sexy new hue, piling it into a high, shiny topknot for Tuesday’s premiere. Dove stylist Mark Townsend created the “young, cool and super modern” look for the star by spraying her hair with Dove’s Refresh+Care Invigorating Dry Shampoo for texture and working in a dime-size amount of the line’s Color Care Leave on Conditioner for shine.

He then pulled her hair into a ponytail, sprayed it with Sally Hershberger Genius Spray Wax and twisted the tail into a knot, tucking the ends under and securing with two bobby pins that had been sprayed with dry shampoo. A black satin ribbon finished the look.

Tell us: Are you loving the new look on McAdams? Would you try her topknot?

–Alex Apatoff, reporting by Reagan Alexander

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Khsukb on

LOL you could dye her hair rainbow and she’d still look stunning.

Kim on

She looks REALLY GOOD as a redhead. But lets face it..she would probably look good bald. LOL!

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Your article piqued my interest in ways no post has in a while. I think your unique points make sense and all are definitely fascinating. Thank you for fascinating content.

Mary doyle on

Crai Moir, Rachel’s colorist at Salon Dew inTorinto created this red color for her!

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