November 18, 2009 03:05 PM

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Call it method hair. When Sandra Bullock dyed her naturally brunette hair a golden blonde to play real life Memphis housewife Leigh Anne Tuohy in her film The Blind Side, her family had a distinctly unfavorable reaction. “They didn’t like it at all,” Bullock told PEOPLE at the New York City premiere of the film due in theaters Nov. 20. “It was entertaining for a couple of months but it’s not really my color palette.” In fact, Bullock says her husband, Monster Garage star Jesse James, did not find her lightened tresses attractive, which was a big relief. “Thank God an important person in my life didn’t want me being blonde. He was like, ‘I don’t like the blonde on you,'” she says. “You want him to say that!” Having experienced a lighter hairdo for months, does the old wives tale that blondes have more fun than brunettes hold true for Bullock? “Not at all” according to the natural dark brunette star. “Fun is what you make. Nobody is going to bring you the fun,” she said. “You got to go out and get it your fun.” One thing Bullock definitely did have fun with was playing a strong feisty woman with a quirky firecracker personality. “There’s no one else like her,” she says of Tuohy. “I’ve never met anyone else like her and I wish there more like her. She doesn’t care what people think. She and I come from very different viewpoints and we meet in the middle very easily because you realize the differences are not that great.” She adds, “I feel very humbled to have been a part of this. The whole experience to me was a once in a lifetime experience. I feel very lucky.” — Paul Chi

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