"I will say I'm really happy," says the first-time Emmy nominee

By Paul Chi
Updated July 18, 2013 07:05 PM
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Newlywed Kerry Washington has many reasons to celebrate.

After secretly tying the knot with San Francisco 49ers cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha, 32, last month in Idaho, Washington scored her first Emmy nomination on Thursday, for Scandal.

“I’m the luckiest broad in showbiz,” Washington, 36, who plays crisis manager Olivia Pope in ABC’s political thriller, tells PEOPLE. “I just feel really blessed and humbled and grateful for this nomination.”

The actress, who was at an airport in Northern California when she received the good news, had no time to celebrate.

“I had my dog with me and I was trying to get water for the plane in that hurried, crazy airport mode. I’m going to celebrate with my Scandal family after we have our table read today.”

When asked about being a new bride, Washington remains coy.

“I don’t talk about my personal life in the press, but I will say I’m really happy,” she says. “I’m blessed in all areas of my life.”

As for her date to the Sept. 22 ceremony in Los Angeles, will it be her new husband or her parents?

“I have not decided who will be my date,” she says with a laugh. “That was my parents’ question this morning! We’ll see.”