Kerry Washington made a welcome return to the red carpet last night.
In her first public appearance since welcoming son Caleb Asomugha on Oct. 5, the Scandal actress attended the Ambassadors for Humanity Gala benefiting the USC Shoah Foundation in Hollywood Thursday.
Washington and Asomugha also welcomed daughter, Isabelle, in April 2014. Kerry Washington invited her husband, Nnamdi Asomugha, to be her plus one.
Washington, who spent the night chatting up J.J. Abrams, Jesse Jackson, and Steven Spielberg, was on hand to honor Mellody Hobson and George Lucas.
The actress kicked off the annual event, which also including a presentation from Harrison Ford. John Williams, meanwhile, performed with a full orchestra.
Washington turned heads in her sexy low-cut floral mini-dress that she paired with a black choker and strappy heels. Her husband also looked dapper in a sleek blue suit.
“It is truly an honor to be here with you all at the Ambassadors for Humanity benefiting the USC Shoah Foundation. Steven, thank you for inviting me and allowing me to be part of this very special evening and entrusting me with task of opening it up,” Washington, 39, said shortly after taking the stage. “It is a privilege to honor my friends George Lucas and Mellody Hobson. Tonight you will hear from Steven and others how amazing George and Mellody are.”
“I will tell you this: I have known Mellody for many years. We met in our work together to end violence against women and girls, and I was quickly enamored with who she is, what she has accomplished, what she wears, how she walks in the world. She is a phenomenal human being—a great girlfriend,” she continued. “She is one of my guiding lights and personal heroes.”
“A big part of what I do as an actor is I get to allow someone a window into a world they may not have ever thought of before, and for me, that’s felt like a political act. Because as a woman, and person of color, letting people into my world, is something they may not of had the opportunity to do unless I stood there and told that story,” she said.
“These stories connect us. These stories allow us all to say that we are survivors, to say that we are all Jewish, to say we are all immigrants, to say that we are all people of color, that we are all part of the queer community, that we are all women, that we all need each other, to stand up for each other.”