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Naked Truth by Olesya Rulin

Known from movies

Short information

Net value $1 million
Date of birth March 17, 1986
Fact Like Kelsi, her character in High School Musical, she can play the piano.


If you were a teenager in the early 2000s, you probably didn’t miss “High School Musical” – the songs from this TV movie are still ringing in people’s ears. How much do you know about one of the major supporting characters in the film, Kelsie Nielsen? Do you know that she is played by Russian-American actress Olesya Rulin? If you want to know more about this famous actress, read below.

Early life and education

Olesya Yurivna Rulin was born on March 17, 1986 in Moscow, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union, now Russia.

She spent most of her life in a small town of Likhoslavl, located between Moscow and St. Petersburg, with her parents and her brother, Daniil Rulin. When she was six, her father moved to Texas, USA, and she and the rest of her family followed two years later. After several years, they moved to Utah, where she attended West Jordan Middle School. During her school days, she trained in ballet and learned to play the piano.

When Rulin was 12, her mother persuaded her to enter a model search contest, and she caught the attention of not one, but four modeling agencies! However, she was never into modeling so she never became a professional model.

From a very young age, she worked as a nursing assistant, as well as in various fashion stores, such as Victoria’s Secret and Nordstrom.

She graduated from West Jordan High School in 2005 and enrolled at Westminster College in Salt Lake City, Utah, where she studied economics.


Rulin made her acting debut with small roles for TV movies in 2001 and 2002, such as “Hounded” and “The Poof Point”. In 2004, she had a guest role in an episode of the TV drama series “Everwood”, and played Natalie the Pink Troll in “Halloweentown High”, plus a minor role in the 2005 comedy film, “Mobsters and Mormons”.

Olesya Rulin

In 2006, Rulin was cast in the Disney TV teen movie ‘High School Musical’ Kelly Nielsen, a friend of Gabriella’s who was played by Vanessa Hudgens, and a school pianist. Despite being a supporting role, Rulin’s performance was praised by many, and she became a notable figure in teen movies of the period, reprising her role as Kelsi in sequels “High School Musical 2” and “High School Musical 3” in 2007 2008 respectively.

Also in 2006, she played Sariah in “Vampire Chicks with Chainsaws”, and in 2007 she was cast in “American Pastime” and “The Dance”.

In 2008, she appeared in the comedy movie “Private Valentine: Blonde and Dangerous” (aka “Major Movie Star”) alongside big names like Jessica Simpson and Steve Guttenberg.

In 2009, Rulin landed a recurring role in the ABC TV series “Greek”, where he remained on the show for two seasons, while making guest appearances in “CSI: Miami” and “The Mentalist”, and co-starred in the soft drama film “Flying By” along with Billy Ray Cyrus, Mo Collins and Ahnaise Christmas. Two years later, in 2011, she co-starred in the drama film ‘Apart’, about a couple with a rare mental disorder.

In the following years, she acted in several TV series such as ‘Dirty Work’, ‘Under Employment’, ‘Family Weekend’ and ‘Eye Candy’. In 2015, she was cast as Calista Secor in the PlayStation Network series called “Powers”, about a parallel world inhabited by superhumans, remaining on the show until it ended after two seasons.

In 2017, she made a cameo appearance in the episode “A House Full of Peters” of the animated series “Family Guy”, voicing the Russian Meg Griffin Double. In 2018, she played Amber in the TV movie “Devious Nanny”, and the following year she briefly appeared in the TV series “SEAL Team”.

Private life

Despite trying to keep her life private, it has been revealed that Rulin has been dating model and actor Nico Tortorella since 2013. while. Before him, she had a brief relationship with Andrew Gray McDonnell.

Despite the success of “High School Musical Movies”, she still worked as a store clerk during filming for all three parts. Some time later, she moved to Los Angeles, California to pursue her acting career full-time.

Rulin is a pescatarian, meaning the only source of “meat” in her diet is seafood.

She is fluent in Russian and English.

Rulin has participated in several charitable activities, including cleaning up beaches and donating clothes and food to the homeless. She also regularly volunteers at dog shelters.

Rulin is quite active on various social media profiles such as Twitter and Instagram with more than 225,000 followers.

Net value

Rulin has mostly portrayed supporting characters, but some of the movies she has acted in have earned a box office amount of money. For example, “High School Musical 3” made over $250 million, while the budget was “only” $11 million! This is partly why her net worth is estimated around $1 million.

Physical Characteristics

Rulin is a petite woman, standing at a height of 1.55 m (5 ft 1 in) and weighing about 50 kg, with vital statistics of 34-24-35, bra size 32B and dress size 6 (US). She has blue eyes and blonde to light brown hair.

General information

First and last name Olesya Rulin
Net value $1 million
Date of birth March 17, 1986
Height 1.52 meters
Profession Ballet dancer, actor, model
Education Westminster College



Movies High School Musical, High School Musical 3: Senior Year, High School Musical 2, Family Weekend, Private Valentine: Blonde & Dangerous, Halloweentown High, Forever Strong, Expecting Mary, Mobsters and Mormons, Flying By, Urban Legends: Bloody Mary, A Thousand Cuts, The Poof Point, Apart, American Pas…
TV shows Powers

Links to social profiles


# Quote
1 My friends call me conservation girl.
2 I’m actually a little nervous because this is my first tour and it’s in my hometown, so I hope people like it. But really, this is a dream job for me because I love animals and have always had a passion for protecting the environment.
3 [about Urban Legends: Bloody Mary] This is my first horror movie, yes. Only a small role. I’m a little disappointed I didn’t die.


# Fact
1 Like Kelsi, her character in High School Musical, she can play the piano.
2 She is a trained ballet dancer and model.
3 She is originally from Russia and can read, write and speak Russian fluently.




Title Year Status Character
Powers 2015-2016 TV serials Calista Secor
The night shift 2015 TV serials Maya
Eye candy 2015 TV serials Ann Marie Halliday
NCIS 2014 TV serials Kim Troutman
Family weekend 2013 Emily Smith Dungy
Understaffed 2013 TV serials Pixie Dexter
Dirty work 2012 TV serials Bambi
To touch 2012 TV serials Red dress
Thousands of cuts 2012 Melanie
Drop Dead diva 2011 TV serials Mia Dalton
Greek 2009-2011 TV serials abbey
Part 2011/i Emily Gates
The mentalist 2010 TV serials Sam Stark
CSI: Miami 2010 TV serials Andrew Williams
expect Mary 2010 Mary
fly by 2009 Ellie
Chuckle boy 2009 Short Assistant
Private Valentine: Blond and dangerous 2008 Private Petrovich
High School Musical 3: Senior Year 2008 Kelly Nielsen
Always strong 2008 Emily’s friend
High school musical 2 2007 TV movie Kelly Nielsen
The dance 2007/I Britney
American pastime 2007 Cathy Reyes
Vampire chicks with chainsaws 2006 Video Saria
High school musical 2006 TV movie Kelly Nielsen
Gangsters and Mormons 2005 Julie Jaymes
Urban Legends: Bloody Mary 2005 Video Mindy – Samantha’s friend #2
Halloweentown High 2004 TV movie Natalie the pink troll
Everwood 2004 TV serials The drunk girl
Touched by an angel 2002 TV serials High school student
The poof point 2001 TV movie Annie
rushed 2001 TV movie Girl #1


Title Year Status Character
High School Musical 3: Senior Year 2008 artist: “A Night to Remember”, “Just Wanna Be With You”, “Last Chance”
High school musical 2 2007 TV Movie Artist: “Work This Out”, “You Are the Music In Me”
High school musical 2006 TV movie artist: “We’re all in the same boat”


Title Year Status Character
Entertainment tonight 2009 TV serials herself
The movie loft 2009 TV serials herself
HSM3: It’s all in the dress 2009 Video documentary short herself
HSM3: Prom – The Night of Nights 2009 Video documentary short herself
HSM2: In the kitchen 2008 Video documentary short herself
High School Musical: Get in the picture 2008 TV serials herself
Disney365 2007-2008 Documentary about the TV series herself
HSM2: Anatomy of a Dance Number 2007 Video documentary short herself
HSM2: Rehearsal camera 2007 Video documentary short herself
High School Musical 2 Dance along 2007 TV movie herself
Hannah Montana DVD Game 2007 Video game herself

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia


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