The Scandal star gave birth to her first child, daughter Isabella, in April and has pretty much kept a low profile since then.
But on Wednesday she put on a fancy dress and stepped on the red carpet for the Crystal + Lucy Awards, where she received the Lucy Award for excellence in television.
Washington told E! News she a little nervous about being out in public again.
"I was anxious about being on the carpet," she said.
"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."
Washington is due to return to filming for Season 4 of Scandal soon.