Actress Rebel Wilson tells court Australian articles hurt her career

Rebel Wilson speaks to the media outside the Victoria Supreme Court on 19 May

The articles published by Bauer made it seem as though Rebel purposely lied about her upbringing in Australia, her age, and more.

Australian Hollywood star Rebel Wilson has described herself "endearingly" as a "bogan", while speaking of growing up as a junior dog handler and a hallucination which sparked her acting career, as she gives evidence for the first time in her defamation trial against a magazine publisher.

"These articles were a deliberate malicious take-down of me", the actress testified.

Ms Wilson sat in the front row as her legal team played the video, along with other clips from her career, during the opening of a defamation trial against publishing company Bauer Media.

The Californian resident told the court she had been born Melanie Elizabeth Bownds, but that her mother had wanted to name her after a little girl called Rebel that sang at their wedding.

A series of articles published to coincide with the release of global smash hit Pitch Perfect 2 in May 2015 left the expat Aussie jobless and unable to land a film role.

"Rebel Wilson is an Australian success story".

The 37-year-old said while in her "gap year" after secondary school, she lived in South Africa where she became seriously ill.

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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.

The trial's expected to run for three weeks.

In the witness box, Wilson tearfully recounted the "nasty" articles that she claims damaged her career after a journalist employed by the publisher had been contacted by one of Wilson's former schoolmates.

Sitting behind the Hollywood actor in the front row of the Supreme Court, the bespectacled man's attention barely shifted from the pages of his crumpled book. If you would like to discuss another topic, look for a relevant article.

Ms Wilson told media outside court that it was traumatic to relive the saga.

The articles appeared in magazines including Woman's Day and the Australian Women's Weekly.

Justice John Dixon told the panel of 35 potential jurors, that it was their role to remain impartial.

In the end, a panel of six women was picked. "It must be terrifying".

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