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

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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