Olesya Rulin

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Olesya Rulin
Born(1986-03-17) March 17, 1986 (age 26)
Moscow, Russia
Years active2001–present
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Olesya Rulin
Born(1986-03-17) March 17, 1986 (age 26)
Moscow, Russia
Years active2001–present

Olesya Rulin (Russian: Oлeся Pулин; born March 17, 1986) is a Russian American actress. She is best known for co-starring in the first three films of the High School Musical franchise as Kelsi Nielsen. She also starred in the films Private Valentine: Blonde & Dangerous (2008) and Flying By (2009).


Early life

Rulin was born Olesya Rulinkova in Moscow, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union. She spent her early childhood in Likhoslavl[1](Population: 12,000) located three hours north of Moscow.[2] She was eight[3] when she emigrated to the United States to rejoin her father who had done so two years earlier. They lived first in Texas then later in Utah. She can read, write and speak in fluent Russian. She is also a trained ballet dancer. When she was 12,[3] she entered a model search contest at the urging of her mother and won representation by four different agencies.[2] Prior to acting full-time, she worked for a year as a certified nursing assistant and also at stores such as Victoria's Secret;[4] she was working at a Nordstrom store when the first High School Musical came out.[1] She was studying economics in Paris when the casting for High School Musical 2 was being done.[1] Rulin graduated from West Jordan High School in 2005.

Acting career

In addition to her role in High School Musical and High School Musical 2, and High School Musical 3, her other credits include the Disney Channel Original Movies Halloweentown High, The Poof Point and Hounded, the television series Everwood and the feature films Forever Strong, Mobsters and Mormons and The Dance. Rulin's part in High School Musical 2 was significantly larger than the first movie, including a solo in "You Are The Music In Me" and a few lines in "Work This Out".[5] Rulin reprised her role as Kelsi Nielsen in High School Musical 3: Senior Year, also with a larger part, and performed in three songs, one of them being a duet alongside Lucas Grabeel.[6] Rulin is also co-starred alongside Jessica Simpson in the film Major Movie Star (released in the United States under the title Private Valentine: Blonde & Dangerous).[7][8] In 2009, Rulin co-starred with Billy Ray Cyrus and Heather Locklear in a drama film Flying By.[9]


2001HoundedGirl #1Disney Channel Original Movie
2001The Poof PointAnnieDisney Channel Original Movie
2004Halloweentown HighNatalie the Pink TrollDisney Channel Original Movie
2005Urban Legends: Bloody MaryMindyDirect-to-video film
2005Mobsters and MormonsJulie JaymesMain role
2006High School MusicalKelsi NielsenDisney Channel Original Movie
2006Vampire Chicks with ChainsawsSariahDirect-to-video film
2007American PastimeCathy Reyes
2007The DanceBritneyIndependent film
2007High School Musical 2Kelsi NielsenDisney Channel Original Movie
2008Forever StrongEmily's FriendTheatrical film
2008Private Valentine: Blonde & DangerousPetrovichMain role
2008High School Musical 3: Senior YearKelsi NielsenTheatrical film; supporting role
2009Chuckle BoyAssistantShort film
2009Flying ByEllieDirect-to-video film
2010Expecting MaryMaryLead role
2011ApartEmily GatesIndependent film
2011A Thousand CutsMelanieIndependent film
2012Family WeekendEmily Smith-DungyPost-production
2002Touched by an AngelHigh School Student"Bring on the Rain" (season 9: episode 7)
2004EverwoodThe Drunk Girl"No Sure Thing" (season 2: episode 14)
2009–2011GreekAbbyRecurring role; 10 episodes
2010CSI: MiamiAndrea Williams"Mommie Deadest" (season 8: episode 22)
2010The MentalistSam Starks"The Red Ponies" (season 3: episode 5)
2011Drop Dead DivaMia Dalton"He Said, She Said" (season 3: episode 8)
2012TouchGirl in the Red Dress"Safety in Numbers" (season 1: episode 3)


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