|Born||Olesya Yurivna Rulin
March 17, 1986
Olesya Yurivna Rulin (Russian: Oлeся Юрьевна Pулин; born March 17, 1986) is a Russian 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), Flying By (2009), Expecting Mary (2010), and Family Weekend (2013).
Rulin is also a trained ballet dancer. When she was 12, she entered a model search contest at the urging of her mother and won representation by four different agencies. She can also play the piano.
Prior to acting full-time, she worked for a year as a certified nursing assistant and also at stores such as Victoria's Secret; she was working at a Nordstrom store when the first High School Musical came out. She was studying economics in Paris when the casting for High School Musical 2 was being done. Rulin graduated from West Jordan High School in 2005.
She can read, write, and speak in fluent Russian.
Olesya dedicated a lot of time to charity where she cleaned up several beaches, spent time with dogs that were without a house, and gave away some dresses for charity.
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". 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.
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). In 2009, Rulin co-starred with Billy Ray Cyrus and Heather Locklear in a drama film Flying By.
|2001||Hounded||Girl #1||Disney Channel Original Movie|
|2001||The Poof Point||Annie||Disney Channel Original Movie|
|2004||Halloweentown High||Natalie the Pink Troll||Disney Channel Original Movie|
|2005||Urban Legends: Bloody Mary||Mindy||Direct-to-video film|
|2005||Mobsters and Mormons||Julie Jaymes||Main role|
|2006||High School Musical||Kelsi Nielsen||Disney Channel Original Movie|
|2006||Vampire Chicks with Chainsaws||Sariah||Direct-to-video film|
|2007||American Pastime||Cathy Reyes|
|2007||High School Musical 2||Kelsi Nielsen||Disney Channel Original Movie|
|2008||Forever Strong||Emily's Friend|
|2008||Private Valentine: Blonde & Dangerous||Petrovich||Main role|
|2008||High School Musical 3: Senior Year||Kelsi Nielsen||Supporting role|
|2009||Chuckle Boy||Assistant||Short film|
|2009||Flying By||Ellie||Direct-to-video film|
|2010||Expecting Mary||Mary||Lead role|
|2011||A Thousand Cuts||Melanie|
|2013||Family Weekend||Emily Smith-Dungy||Main role|
|2002||Touched by an Angel||High School Student||"Bring on the Rain" (season 9: episode 7)|
|2004||Everwood||The Drunk Girl||"No Sure Thing" (season 2: episode 14)|
|2009–2011||Greek||Abby||Recurring role; 10 episodes|
|2010||CSI: Miami||Andrea Williams||"Mommie Deadest" (season 8: episode 22)|
|2010||The Mentalist||Sam Starks||"The Red Ponies" (season 3: episode 5)|
|2011||Drop Dead Diva||Mia Dalton||"He Said, She Said" (season 3: episode 8)|
|2012||Touch||Girl in the Red Dress||"Safety in Numbers" (season 1: episode 3)|
|2012||Underemployed||Pixie Dexter||"The Message" & "The Heart" (season 1: episode 11 & 12)|
|2014||NCIS||Kim Troutman||"Page Not Found" (season 11: episode 20)|
|2015||The Night Shift||Maya||"Darkest Before Dawn" (season 2: episode 14)|
- "Twitter / olesyarulin: @middlenamegame it's yurivna". Twitter.com. Retrieved 2013-04-07.
- Richard Huff (2007-12-28). "Olesya Rulin prepares for 'High School Musical 3'". New York Daily News. Retrieved 2008-02-10.
- Holly Siegel. "Behind the scenes with HSM's Oleysa Rulin". Elle Girl. Retrieved 2008-02-10.
- "Report from Disney's High School Musical 2 DVD Launch at El Capitan Theatre". ultimatedisney.com. 2007-11-19. Retrieved 2008-02-10.
- Lynn Barker (2007-11-30). "High School Musical 2 - DVD Premiere Chats". www.teenmusic.com. Retrieved 2008-02-10.
- The Graphic - Going back to ?High School?
- High School Musical 3 page on Olesya's Official Site Friday, April 11, 2008
- ‘High School Musical’ Star Reports For Duty In ‘Simpson’s ‘Major Movie Star’ Monday, August 20, 2007 at 9:30 am
- Rulin is From Russia with Love Retrieved Wednesday, August 15th, 2007
- Flying high: Cyrus, Rulin join indie pic Wednesday, October 24, 2007
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