Rebel Wilson's defamation trial against publisher begins

The self-described "cashed-up bogan" enraptured a Melbourne court with tales of her childhood in one of the most weird celebrity trials in years.

Wilson says in the past two years since the articles were published, she has only had two roles - one for Absolutely Fabulous, which she did as a favour, and a stage role in London.

Defamation trial between Hollywood movie star Rebel Wilson and the publishers of Woman's Day at the Supreme Court in Melbourne.

The jury was told Wilson's real name was Melanie Elizabeth Bownds, but her mother had always wanted to name her Rebel, after a six-year-old who had sung at her parents' wedding.

Wilson told the court that in her hallucination she rapped her acceptance speech at the Academy Awards, and upon waking realised she had to pursue the vision.

Hollywood actor Rebel Wilson lost movie roles because she was portrayed as a liar in a series of magazine articles, an Australian court has heard.

'They weren't nasty articles, ' she said, adding Wilson lied about her age to journalist Caroline Overington.

Wilson's lawyer Matthew Collins QC told Victoria's supreme court in Melbourne on Monday: 'Rebel Wilson is an Australian success story.

"It's not lucrative", she told the court.

She says Bauer Media damaged her reputation by printing articles alleging she had used a fake name, claimed she was 29 when in fact she was 36, and had lied about her background - all in the name of boosting circulation, he alleged.

He also said she had been fired from several roles, began taking sleeping tablets and developed a stress rash on her arms and around her mouth because of the stories. "But her success is the result of nearly two decades of very hard work", Dr Collins said.

"She had never been hit with such nastiness, timed for the high point of her career", he said.

The trial before Justice John Dixon is expected to run for three weeks.

The publisher owns magazines Woman's Day, Australian Women's Weekly and OK Magazine.

She even smirked when the judges' associate revealed one of the jury contestants was, indeed, a magazine editor.

As the court adjourned for lunch, Ms Wilson could be heard commenting to her solicitor about the courage it might have taken the only two jurors who asked to be excused.

"I have no current job", she said.

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