Olesya Rulin

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Olesya Rulin
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Rulin at WonderCon 2015
Born Olesya Yurivna Rulin
(1986-03-17) March 17, 1986 (age 30)
Moscow, Russia
Occupation Actress
Years active 2001–present

Olesya Yurivna Rulin[1] (Russian: Oлeся Юрьевна Pулин; born March 17, 1986) is a Russian-American actress. She is known for co-starring in all of the 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).

Early life[edit]

Olesya Rulin was born in Moscow, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union. She spent her early childhood in Likhoslavl.[2][3]

When Rulin was eight,[4] she emigrated to the United States to rejoin her father who had done so two years earlier. They first lived in Texas, then later in Utah. Rulin went to West Jordan Middle School during her time in Utah.

Rulin is also a trained ballet dancer. When she was 12,[4] she entered a model search contest at the urging of her mother and won representation by four different agencies.[3] 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;[5] she was working at a Nordstrom store when the first High School Musical came out.[2] She was studying economics in Paris when the casting for High School Musical 2 was being done.[2] Rulin graduated from West Jordan High School in 2005.

Olesya is a pescatarian. 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 home, and gave away some dresses for charity.

Acting career[edit]

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".[6] 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.[7]

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).[8][9] In 2009, Rulin co-starred with Billy Ray Cyrus and Heather Locklear in a drama film Flying By.[10]

In 2010, Rulin starred in Expecting Mary which also starred Elliott Gould, Linda Gray, Lainie Kazan, Cloris Leachman, Della Reese, Cybil Shepard, Gene Simmons, and Fred Willard.

In 2013, she starred in Family Weekend with Kristin Chenoweth and Matthew Modine.

In August 2014, it was announced that Rulin would be playing the role of Callista Secor in the PlayStation Network series Powers.



Year Title Role Notes
2005 Urban Legends: Bloody Mary Mindy Direct-to-video
2005 Mobsters and Mormons Julie Jaymes
2006 Vampire Chicks with Chainsaws Sariah Direct-to-video
2007 American Pastime Cathy Reyes
2007 The Dance Britney
2008 Forever Strong Emily's Friend
2008 Private Valentine: Blonde & Dangerous Petrovich
2008 High School Musical 3: Senior Year Kelsi Nielsen
2009 Chuckle Boy Assistant Short film
2009 Flying By Ellie Direct-to-video
2010 Expecting Mary Mary
2011 Apart Emily Gates
2011 A Thousand Cuts Melanie
2013 Family Weekend Emily Smith-Dungy


Year Title Role Notes
2001 Hounded Girl #1 Television film
2001 The Poof Point Annie Television film
2002 Touched by an Angel High School Student Episode: "Bring on the Rain"
2004 Halloweentown High Natalie the Pink Troll Television film
2004 Everwood The Drunk Girl Episode: "No Sure Thing"
2006 High School Musical Kelsi Nielsen Television film
2007 High School Musical 2 Kelsi Nielsen Television film
2009–11 Greek Abby 10 episodes
2010 CSI: Miami Andrea Williams Episode: "Mommie Deadest"
2010 The Mentalist Sam Starks Episode: "The Red Ponies"
2011 Drop Dead Diva Mia Dalton Episode: "He Said, She Said"
2012 Touch Girl in the Red Dress Episode: "Safety in Numbers"
2012 Dirty Work Bambi Episode: "Temporary Midnight"
2013 Underemployed Pixie Dexter 2 episodes
2014 NCIS Kim Troutman Episode: "Page Not Found"
2015–present Powers Calista Secor Main role
2015 The Night Shift Maya Episode: "Darkest Before Dawn"


  1. ^ "Twitter / olesyarulin: @middlenamegame it's yurivna". Twitter.com. Retrieved 2013-04-07. 
  2. ^ a b c Richard Huff (2007-12-28). "Olesya Rulin prepares for 'High School Musical 3'". New York Daily News. Retrieved 2008-02-10. 
  3. ^ a b Holly Siegel. "Behind the scenes with HSM's Oleysa Rulin". Elle Girl. Retrieved 2008-02-10. 
  4. ^ a b "Report from Disney's High School Musical 2 DVD Launch at El Capitan Theatre". ultimatedisney.com. 2007-11-19. Retrieved 2008-02-10. 
  5. ^ Lynn Barker (2007-11-30). "High School Musical 2 - DVD Premiere Chats". www.teenmusic.com. Retrieved 2008-02-10. 
  6. ^ The Graphic - Going back to ?High School?
  7. ^ High School Musical 3 page on Olesya's Official Site Friday, April 11, 2008
  8. ^ ‘High School Musical’ Star Reports For Duty In ‘Simpson’s ‘Major Movie Star’ Monday, August 20, 2007 at 9:30 am
  9. ^ Rulin is From Russia with Love Retrieved Wednesday, August 15th, 2007
  10. ^ Flying high: Cyrus, Rulin join indie pic Wednesday, October 24, 2007

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