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

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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