Lydia McLaughlin will appear on Episode 3 of The Real Housewives of Orange County, Season 8, and we will get to know theÂ fabulous and rich Christian business woman/mother! Lydia is actually a friend of Alexis Bellino.Â LydiaÂ did anÂ interviewÂ with U-T San Diego where she talked her decision to join the cast, who she didn’t like, and what we can expect from her this season!
Lydia lived inÂ Â San Diego for years, and already has a relationship withÂ Lisa VanderpumpÂ through her magazine, Beverly Hills Lifestyle. “Lisa writes a column for us, and we also did a photo shoot withÂ Brandi Glanville.Â I guess Bravo heard about me through those connections, and one of the casting producers reached out about the O.C. show.”
Lydia also dishes that she used to be Alexis and Jim’s neighbor and their children attended the same school.Â “I used to live across the street from Alexis, and our kids go to the same school. Actually, my mom moved into her old house! I run in the same circles.”
Lydia is a devout Christian and a successfulÂ businesswoman who has worked hard. She shares that she had serious reservations about joining the cast, and told producers no several times. Lydia runs a magazine and has a jewelry line, she’s also a documentary filmmaker and fashion editor. She refers to juggling her professional life and motherhood as a “daily struggle.” Which is why she originally said no to joining the cast of RHOC.
“I was nervous, like any normal person would be! Have you seen the show? I love my life, love my family. Iâ€™m very protective of my marriage,”Â LydiaÂ explains. “Iâ€™m honestly the complete antithesis of a Housewife. Iâ€™ve never thrown anyone in a pool, or thrown wine in someoneâ€™s face! I didnâ€™t think I was the right fit. And I didnâ€™t want to be famous. Iâ€™ve never had those aspirations. It seemed like a lot of risk, but not a lot of reward.Â I thought if I said no, I would always wonder â€” what if?Â I decided that I could be a positive role model on the show, and provide a different voice.”
Lydia is still friends with Alexis after filming the show, but one person she doesn’t consider a friend? Slade Smiley…Â “Oh, I have an opinion onÂ Sladeâ€¦ we donâ€™t really care for each other,” she reveals. “He is very opinionated, but he doesnâ€™t like to be accountable for it. Iâ€™m a sweet, nice person, but Iâ€™m also very direct. So, we had some adult conversations.” I wonder if this means Lydia and Gretchen will not get along?
As for the drama? “I had heard things, but I didnâ€™t go into the show wanting to like someone or not,” Lydia shares. “I didnâ€™t know the drama. I was naive, so it made me more authentic.Â But itâ€™s so different to watch the show at home for entertainment, and to be a part of the show. To be there at the table with all the yelling and the cursing. Itâ€™s a whole other level!”
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