And no, it doesn't involve festival season

By Jillian Ruffo
Updated May 13, 2016 05:44 PM

For most of her career, Kristen Stewart was a brunette. Then last month, she famously ditched her signature chestnut strands for a bright shade of platinum blonde — and she’s finally revealing the reason behind her drastic change in the exclusive video above.

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PEOPLE sat down with Stewart at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival to hear about what sparked her new bleached look — and to our surprise, her new look is not for festival season or for an upcoming role. She just wanted to take advantage of her time between filming and to try something new.

“I just did like five movies over a two-year period, and I think it’s a very good decision for me right now to stop acting in movies for just a moment, and I’ve never really done that, I’ve never changed my appearance,” Stewart admits in the video. “I’ve always really stayed neutral since I was like 10 years old, so I was like, ‘I’m gonna direct a short, and I’m gonna f–k up my hair.'”

Does this mean more color experimentation is on her horizon? We’re well aware of the colorful possibilities that a platinum base leads to, and she has played around with bright hues like orange in the past, so we’re hoping for another bold mane moment in the near future.

What do you think of Stewart’s blonde hair? Tell us below!

— Jillian Ruffo