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Who Is Lydia McLaughlin, Real Housewives of OC’s Newest Castmate? (PHOTOS)

Season 8 of the Real Housewives of Orange County is already off to a dramatic start, but we have even more to look forward to than backstabbing and crazy catfights. ;With a brand new season comes a brand new face — Lydia Stirling McLaughlin!

Having moved to Dana Point with her husband and two kids, Lydia first got to know her neighbor and fellow OC castmate Alexis Bellino. Of her first impression of Lydia, Alexis says, “She’s constantly smiling. She’s super positive. Lydia and I share the same faith and we have the same bedazzled Bible!”

Of course, it wouldn’t be the Real Housewives without a little jealousy. “She’s like a size zero and eats cheeseburgers,” Alexis adds. “It drives me crazy.”

The other Housewives have their own opinions about the new addition to the show. “There’s something about her that’s very bohemian,” says Heather, while Vicki adds, “The first impression I had was ‘Are you 15?’”

Lydia certainly comes across as bubbly and young to the rest of the cast, but Tamra seems to think she’ll pull out the claws if the occasion calls for it. “Lydia on the outside looks like this sweet, angelic girl that couldn’t hurt a fly, but when you get to know Lydia, she’s got a spark. And I were you, I’d be very careful not to light it.”

Want to know more about the woman looking to infiltrate this group of stay-at-home moms? Click through our gallery to learn all about Miss Lydia before she was a housewife!