Olesya Rulin, Russian American actress
Olesya Rulin is an American actress of Russian origin, best known for her role of Kelsi Nielsen in the film High School Musical.
Olesya Rulinkova (her real name) was born on March 17, 1986 in Moscow, USSR. She spent her childhood in a small town Likhoslavl, where her parents were engaged in the manufacture of hats. As a child she was fascinated by ballet.
In the early 1990s, her father emigrated from Russia to the United States. Two years later, when Olesya was eight years old, she together with her mother and brother moved to Texas. Later the family moved to Utah. When the girl was 12, she entered Model Search America modeling agency.
Beautiful Olesya studied at Westminster College in Salt Lake City, Utah. Later Rulin graduated from West Jordan High School in 2005.
For a year she worked as a nurse. By the way, Olesya worked at Victoria’s Secret and Nordstrom stores.
On the big screen Rulin debuted in 2001 in the family comedies The Poof Point and Hounded. The following year, the actress took part in the filming of two telenovelas: the drama Touched by an Angel and the criminal detective CSI: Miami. Subsequently, she played in fantasy Halloweentown High, horror film Urban Legends: Bloody Mary, comedy Mobsters and Mormons.
And in 2006 the first part of High School Musical was premiered, where Olesya played the role of pianist Kelsi Nielsen. Talented girl became popular, especially among American teenagers.
Also, the actress can be seen in many films including Vampire Chicks with Chainsaws (2006), American Pastime (2007), The Dance (2007), Chuckle Boy (2009), Expecting Mary (2010), Drop Dead Diva (2011), Touch (2012), Underemployed (2013), Family Weekend (2013), NCIS (2014), Eye Candy (2015), Powers (2016).
During the filming of High School Musical the whole film crew congratulated Olesya with her 21st anniversary. They also congratulated her brother, the U.S. Army paratrooper, with the return from Iraq.
Moreover, Olesya is a fighter for animal rights and she sheltered many rescued dogs.
In addition to acting and dancing, Olesya studies French and loves various activities, including hiking, cycling and kayaking.