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

FILED UNDER: Beauty , Hair , Rachel McAdams
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Mykala on

I think she looks really good with the red hair!

LuluAZ on

It just doesn’t look that red to me! I think the coloring is perfect with her skin.

week2week on

Wasn’t her hair red in The Notebook?
I love her with red hair, it is my favorite on her.

Kristen on

Looks gorgeous! But wasn’t she red in The Notebook??

lisa on

red luks gr8 on her!!!

Tiffany on

week2week- That was the same thing I was thinking. I loved it red in the movie.

Amanda on

Love the color. Think she’s adorable. Hate the bump on her head.

laurie on

she needs to be with ryan

anonymous on

Cut it short and red is to dark she needs some highlights.

Katelyn Smith on

I don’t know why this is earth shattering…She was a redhead in The Notebook

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