No one was more excited than Julianne Moore to shoot our October cover at the landmark Glass House in New Canaan, Conn. “Julianne is really into architecture and interior design,” InStyle‘s style director Melissa Rubini said of the star, who snapped her own up-close photos of the space. After arriving, Moore told our crew that she once attended a dinner with Glass House creator Philip Johnson, but later regretted not getting a chance to talk to the legendary architect, who died in 2005. The historic site, which was completed in 1949 and lived in by Johnson until his death, was the perfect backdrop for the cinematic-style pictures that photographer Giampaolo Sgura created. With tracks from French singer Serge Gainsbourg playing throughout the day, the actress danced in the house in between poses. “It looked like she was in a movie scene,” Sgura said. “She was very into every photo and made it easy for me.” Makeup artist Alice Lane also took cues from the cool location when she was prepping Moore for the camera. “My inspiration came from the beautiful surroundings. The Glass House was so modern and clean against the magnificent forest,” she said. The result? A gorgeously understated look that incorporated light concealer (instead of all-over foundation), glossy lids, and a berry stained lip. Want more? Pick up a copy of InStyle‘s October issue featuring Julianne Moore, on newsstands now.