Survivor's queen meanie, Jerri Manthey, is discovering that being labeled a bitch by all of America can be

very good for business. The aspiring actress recently was cast as a gold-digging phantom menace in the Los Angeles stage comedy Lady Macbeth Gets a Divorce, and if she has her way, it'll be the first of many shady characters to come.

"Being typecast as a bitch is a welcome thing," Manthey tells TV Guide Online. "I think playing the villain is much more interesting than playing the girl next door."

The 30-year-old ex-Outbacker — whose role in the 1999 Showtime movie, That Championship Season, remains her most notable acting credit to date — describes her Macbeth alter ego as a villainess, but "in a perky sort of way... I play a 25-year-old woman who's dating a 70-year-old man, and she comes to New England to visit his relatives." Now, that doesn't sound so harsh. "Well, the underlying theme is poisoning," she adds with a chuckle. "I'll leave it at that."

Manthey's theatrical run at the Beverly Hills Playhouse is slated to conclude May 27. And although she's "not at liberty to discuss" any of the other offers that have been rolling in (a Playboy spread is rumored to be a possibility), she does concede that, "My life right now is taking off in the exact direction I've always wanted to go."

As a result, the self-professed single gal is able to put some of the not-so-pleasant Outback developments (read: Colby's scathing on-air confessionals) behind her. "I'm more excited and focused on the future," she asserts, "rather than dwelling on anything that happened in the past."