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Olesya Rulin
Born March 17, 1986 (1986-03-17) (age 23)
Moscow, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
Occupation Actress
Years active 2001–present

Olesya Rulin (Russian: Oлeся Pулин; born March 17, 1986) is a Russian-American actress and singer who is perhaps best known for co-starring in the first three films of the High School Musical franchise as Kelsi Nielsen. She also stars alongside Jessica Simpson in Major Movie Star, and is set to star with Billy Ray Cyrus in the new drama Flying By.


Early life

Rulin was born in Moscow, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union. She spent her early childhood in the poor, 12-house village Likhoslavl[1] located three hours north of Moscow.[2] She was eight[3] when she migrated 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's 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 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 set to star alongside Jessica Simpson in Major Movie Star (released in the United States under the title Private Valentine: Blonde & Dangerous).[7][8] Rulin will also be starring with Hannah Montana co-star Billy Ray Cyrus in a drama, which though completed has yet to be released. She will play the supportive daughter of a businessman (Cyrus) alongside Oscar winner Patricia Neal, Robert Gossett (TNT's The Closer), Eric Allan Kramer (American Wedding) and Ted Hutton in a family-friendly indie feature.[9]


Year Title Role Notes
2001 The Poof Point Annie made for television (Disney Channel)
Hounded Girl #1 made for television (Disney Channel)
2002 Touched by an Angel High School Student 1 episode
2004 Everwood The Drunk Girl 1 episode
Halloweentown High Natalie the Pink Troll made for television (Disney Channel)
2005 Urban Legends: Bloody Mary Mindy - Samantha's Friend #2 Direct-to DVD movie
Mobsters and Mormons Julie Jaymes Main Role
2006 High School Musical Kelsi Nielsen made for television (Disney Channel)
Vampire Chicks with Chainsaws Sariah Direct-to DVD movie
2007 American Pastime Cathy Reyes appearances
The Dance Britney appearances
High School Musical 2 Kelsi Nielsen made for television (Disney Channel)
2008 Private Valentine: Blonde & Dangerous Petrovich Main Role
Forever Strong Emily's Friend appearances
High School Musical 3: Senior Year Kelsi Nielsen Supporting Role
2009 Flying By Ellie aired on Lifetime and now on DVD
Greek Abby recurring role
2010 Apart Emily Gates Post Production
Expecting Mary Mary Post Production


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