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Kerry Washington "Nervous" About Being Out in Public Again, Talks New Season of Scandal

As we told you last night, Kerry Washington stunned at her first public appearance since giving birth in April at the Crystal + Lucy Awards.

But get this—the Scandal star admits she's been a little nervous about her return to the spotlight. "I was anxioous about being on the carpet," Washington told me last night.

Her big return started just the day before the awards when she did video chat with The Los Angeles Times.

"It's a little crazy," Washington told me last night. "Yesterday was like my fist time being back in the game and I was so nervous. It was like the first day of school nervous. But I missed our gladiators and all the social media and you guys and all the photographers."

And we missed you, Kerry.

But as the new mom pointed out, "I was away for good reasons."

PHOTOS: We break down Kerry's best looks on Scandal

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In a move Olivia Pope would be proud of, Washington and her husband Nnamdi Asomugha practically disappeared for the last few months. Even after Washington gave birth to their daughter Isabelle on April 21, they were able to keep her arrival a secret for about two weeks.

Washington will soon be returning to Scandal to shoot season four. "I just saw Shonda [Rhimes] yesterday and I was like, "Where is that plane going? Where's it going?" Washington said, referring to the season finale that ended with Olivia and Jake leaving town on a private jet. "For all I know, there could have been engine trouble and we circle back and we're in D.C. or we could be in Timbuktu. I don't know."

Though Rhimes said she was looking forward to not having to hide Washington's bump from the cameras, she told me that doesn't mean Olivia will stop carrying some of her signature oversize handbags. "We like our big handbags," she said. "Don't try to take away our big handbags."

Rhimes presented Washington with the Lucy Award for Excellence in Television at last night's star-studded gala at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza. Asomugha didn't walk the red carpet with his wife, but instead slipped into the ballroom for a seat by her side.

The Women In Film event also honored Cate Blanchett, Eva Longoria, Rose Byrne and Frozen director Jennifer Lee. Presenters and guests included Laura Dern, Lake Bell, Kristen Bell, Kathleen Robertson, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Diahann Carroll, Shohreh Aghdashio and Scandal's Jon Tenney.

For more scoop and interviews from the Crystal + Lucy Awards, make sure to come back to E! Online and check out E! News tonight at 7 p.m. and 11:30 p.m.

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