Piper Perabo's Brunette Do: Are You Loving It?

08/14/2013 at 02:20 PM ET

Piper Perabo brunetteCindy Ord/Getty; Tammie Arroyo/AFF

We bet even her Covert Affairs spy character would have a hard time recognizing Piper Perabo with her new brunette do.

After showing off her dark chocolate strands on the show’s set a few days ago, the star made her red carpet debut with the rich new hue at a Hollywood Foreign Press Association event Tuesday night.

And she’s still feeling surprised by the big change too. “It did take a little getting used to,” she tells PEOPLE. “It happened because of what happens in the show … She changes and so I just had to, like, suck it up and buy some new lipstick and get on with it!”

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She not only changed up the color, but she styled herself a little differently to reflect her edgier new look; rather than sporting her usually honey blonde waves and sun-kissed makeup, the star complemented the dark new do with smoky eyeshadow and pulled her strands back into a messy topknot.

And she says that edginess is going to come through in her style, too. “I feel … maybe a little more rocker,” she shares. “Some of my pink dresses that I got for the summer are not really going right now which is sort of annoying, [but] I’m sort of going Mennonite Sid Vicious this fall!” We hope she doesn’t take this new look back undercover anytime soon — the color gives her a sexy, mysterious vibe that she’s working in a major way.

Tell us: What do you think of Perabo as a brunette?

–Alex Apatoff, reporting by Melody Chiu

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Lauren on

I really like it. Looks good.

Trish on

Meh.

Mark on

She’s not hot. Never was.

Sophia on

She looks like a girl with the blonde hair and a woman as a brunette. She’s cute but has never been ravishing. She always looks 12

cool on

She looks like Jennifer Garner in the first pic.

Tricia Layman on

Makes her look older!

Elena on

It looks good, she just needs to tan a little bit more. It washes her out

samantha on

looks way better as a blonde.. blondes do have more fun!!

Gina on

She looks ten years older as a brunette.

Katie on

She looks soooo much older with darker hair. Don’t like it.

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