Olesya Rulin

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Olesya Rulin
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Olesya Rulin at the 2007 Women's Image Network Awards.
Born Olesya Yurivna Rulin
(1986-03-17) March 17, 1986 (age 29)
Moscow, Russia
Occupation Actress
Years active 2001–present

Olesya Yurivna Rulin[1] (Russian: Oлeся Юрьевна Pулин; born March 17, 1986) is a Russian actress. She is best 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]

Rulin was eight[4] 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.

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 house, 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.


Year Title Role Notes
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 The Dance Britney
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 Apart Emily Gates
2011 A Thousand Cuts Melanie
2013 Family Weekend Emily Smith-Dungy Main role
Year Title Role Notes
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 Powers Calista Secor
2015 The Night Shift Maya "Darkest Before Dawn" (season 2: episode 14)


  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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