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Olesya Rulin Biography
- Olesya Rulin (Russian: OÃÂ»eÃ‘ÂÃ‘Â PÃ‘ÂƒÃÂ»ÃÂ¸ÃÂ½; 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). Rulin was born Olesya Rulinkova in Moscow, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union. She spent her early childhood in Likhoslavl(Population: 12,000) located three hours north of Moscow. She was eight 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, she entered a model search contest at the urging of her mother and won representation by four different agencies. 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.
Olesya Rulin Filmography
- (2013) Family Weekend as Emily Smith-Dungy
- (2012) A Thousand Cuts as Melanie
- (2012) Touch as Red Dress
- (2012) Underemployed as Pixie Dexter
- (2011) Apart as Emily Gates
- (2010) Expecting Mary as Mary
- (2010) The Hunt as Tatjana
- (2009) Chuckle Boy as Assistant
- (2009) Drop Dead Diva as Mia Dalton
- (2009) Flying By as Ellie
- (2009) HSM3: It's All in the Dress as Herself
- (2009) HSM3: Prom - The Night of Nights as Herself
- (2008) Forever Strong as Emily's Friend
- (2008) High School Musical 3: Senior Year as Kelsi Nielsen
- (2008) High School Musical: Get in the Picture as Herself
- (2008) HSM2: In the Kitchen as Herself
- (2008) Major Movie Star as Private Petrovich
- (2008) The Mentalist as Sam Starks
- (2007) American Pastime as Cathy Reyes
- (2007) Greek as Abby
- (2007) Hannah Montana DVD Game as Herself (VG)
- (2007) High School Musical 2 as Kelsi Nielsen
- (2007) High School Musical 2 Dance-Along as Herself
- (2007) HSM2: Anatomy of a Dance Number as Herself
- (2007) HSM2: Rehearsal Cam as Herself
- (2007) The Dance as Britney
- (2006) Disney 365 as
- (2006) Disney 365 as Herself
- (2006) High School Musical as Kelsi Nielsen
- (2006) Vampire Chicks with Chainsaws as Sariah
- (2005) Mobsters and Mormons as Julie Jaymes
- (2005) Urban Legends: Bloody Mary as Mindy - Samantha's Friend #2
- (2004) Halloweentown High as Natalie the Pink Troll
- (2002) CSI: Miami as Andrea Williams
- (2002) Everwood as The Drunk Girl
- (2001) Hounded as Girl #1
- (2001) The Movie Loft as Herself
- (2001) The Poof Point as Annie
- (1994) Touched by an Angel as High School Student (uncredited)
- (1981) Entertainment Tonight as Herself
Olesya Rulin Trivia and Facts
- Originally from Russia, she can read, write, & speak fluent Russian.
- Shes a trained ballet dancer and model.
- Like Kelsi, her character in High School Musical, she can play the piano.
Olesya Rulin Quotes
- [about Urban Legends: Bloody Mary] This is my first horror flick, yes. Just a small role. Im kind of disappointed that I didnt get to die.
- Im a little nervous, actually, because this is my first tour and its in my home town so I hope people like it. But really, this is a dream job for me because I love animals and Ive always been passionate about protecting the environment.
- My friends call me conservation girl.