Credit: Alex Martinez/Bravo © NBC Universal, Inc. Photo: Lydia Stirling-McLaughlin For the Real Housewives of Orange County Season 8

We’re only a couple episodes into Real Housewives of Orange County Season 8, but we have yet to meet brand new cast member Lydia McLaughlin. 


Viewers will finally get to meet the latest addition to RHOC Season 8 in Episode 3 — and find out where her potential alliances lie within this mercurial group. 


In a sneak peek of the upcoming episode, Lydia sits down with Heather Dubrow to talk about featuring Heather’s home in a lifestyle magazine (Lydia and husband Doug own a media company together). 


But as they begin to chat, Heather bristles when Lydia mentions being friends with Alexis Bellino. 


“Usually you’re known by the company you keep, which makes me a little nervous that she’s friends with Alexis,” Heather confesses to the camera. “However, she’s also friends with my friend Casey, who’s fabulous. So...could go either way here.” 


But the more they talk, Lydia makes it very clear she’s her own person, despite her social circle.

“I’m very authentic on who I am, and we don’t like to pretend that we’re anything that we’re not,” she tells Heather. 


It stands to see whether she can uphold that statement as we get deeper into Real Housewives of Orange County Season 8!

Source: Hulu

Credit: Hulu Photo: Heather Dubrow Meets Lydia McLaughlin in RHOC Season 8, Episode 3