• Olesya Yurivna Rulina is an actress best known for her role in the "High School Musical" franchise.
• She has an estimated net worth of over $1 million.
• She won a modelling contest at the age of 12 and gained representation from four different agencies.
• She starred in the "High School Musical" franchise, as well as other movies such as "Family Weekend" and "Private Valentine: Blonde & Dangerous".
• She is active on social media and is an advocate for environmental projects and nature.

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Net Worth$1 million
Date Of BirthMarch 17, 1986
FactShe's a trained ballet dancer and model.

Who is Olesya Rulin?

Olesya Yurivna Rulina was born on 17 March 1986, in Moscow, Russia, and is an actress, best known for being a part of all three films of the “High School Musical” franchise, playing the character Kelsi Nielsen. She’s also appeared in other films such as “Family Weekend” and “Private Valentine: Blonde & Dangerous”.

The Riches of Olesya Rulin

How rich is Olesya Rulin? As of mid-2019, sources estimate a net worth that is over $1 million, earned through a successful career as an actress.

She’s been active in the industry since the early 2000s, and has appeared as a guest in numerous shows. As she continues her career, it is expected that her wealth will also continue to increase.

Early Life and Career Beginnings

Olesya grew up in Moscow though at the age of eight, she decided to immigrate to the United States to join her father who had moved to the country two years prior. She lived in Texas for a while before moving to Utah. Over the next few years, she would start training in ballet and was encouraged by her mother to also try her hand at a modelling career.

She entered a modelling contest at the age of 12 and won, gaining representation from four different agencies. Her career didn’t take-off immediately, however, and in the meantime she took on numerous jobs while waiting for her big breakthrough, working for stores such as Nordstrom and Victoria’s Secret. She attended West Jordan High School which is located near Salt Lake City, Utah. It has over 1,700 students and is known for its music program, having the largest choir program in the state. During her time there, she was cast in the first “High School Musical” film.

Olesya Rulin

Rise to Fame

High School Musical” was released in 2006, and is a modern take on “Romeo & Juliet”. The story features two high school juniors from rival cliques, who together try out for a lead part in their high school musical. This in turn leads to a division among school students, with several people wanting to stop them from fulfilling their roles in the musical. The film proved highly successful, and became the most commercially successful Disney Channel Original Movie ever produced. The success of the original film would create a series of sequels.

Rulin on the other hand continued her studies, moving to Paris to study for a degree in economics. During that time, she was invited to the sequel “High School Musical 2” which managed to surpass its predecessor, breaking numerous records, including for the most commercially successful set by the original. She also reprised her role in the third film, which was no released theatrically, but grossed over $252 million worldwide, making it the highest grossing film of the franchise.

Recent Projects

After Olesya’s run with the “High School Musical” franchise, she continued her career by appearing in several other Disney Channel Original movies such as “Halloweentown High”, and “Hounded”. She then co-starred in the film entitled “Major Movie Star”, also known as “Private Valentine: Blonde & Dangerous”, alongside Jessica Simpson, which follows the story of an actress who enlists into the US Army. In 2009, Olesya was then cast in the drama film “Flying By” alongside Billy Ray Cyrus and Heather Locklear; the film is known to be the final film of actress Patricia Neal.

In 2010, she starred in another film called “Expecting Mary”, which also starred Elliot Gould and Linda Gray, and was premiered at the Palm Springs International Film Festival. Three years later, she worked on “Family Weekend” alongside Kristin Chenoweth, and in 2014 was then cast in the PlayStation Network series entitled “Powers”, playing the character Calista Sector. It is an adaptation of the comic book series of the same name published by the Marvel Comics imprint, Icon Comics; it was cancelled after its first season. A few of her latest appearances are in guest roles in shows such as “The Night Shift”, and “SEAL Team”.

Personal Life and Social Media

For her personal life, not much is known in terms of any of Rulin’s romantic relationships. She has not talked about this aspect of her life, nor has been open about it. Many believe that she is single as there is nothing pointing to her being in a relationship. During her free time, she pursues other passions such as travelling, fashion and art. She also recently started creative writing, and released her first novel. According to her, some of her friends call her the conservation girl due to her enjoyment of nature, and advocating environmental projects.

Similar to numerous actresses, she is highly active online through accounts on social media. She has an account on Instagram on which she has almost 200,000 followers, and uses the platform to give updates on her current endeavors, posting modelling work and some other projects she’s been doing. She also communicates with the fans through her videos and posts. Another account she has is on the website Twitter, on which she has close to 30,000 followers. She promotes several products she uses on the site, while also promoting some of her advocacies. She mentions that she is a big lover of nature and art. She also posts photos there not available on Instagram.

General Info

Full NameOlesya Rulin
Net Worth$1 million
Date Of BirthMarch 17, 1986
Height1.52 m
ProfessionBallet Dancer, Actor, Model
EducationWestminster College


SiblingsDaniil Rulin


MoviesHigh 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 ShowsPowers

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1My friends call me conservation girl.
2I'm a little nervous, actually, because this is my first tour and it's in my home town so I hope people like it. But really, this is a dream job for me because I love animals and I've always been passionate about protecting the environment.
3[about Urban Legends: Bloody Mary] This is my first horror flick, yes. Just a small role. I'm kind of disappointed that I didn't get to die.


1Like Kelsi, her character in High School Musical, she can play the piano.
2She's a trained ballet dancer and model.
3Originally from Russia, she can read, write, & speak fluent Russian.




Powers2015-2016TV SeriesCalista Secor
The Night Shift2015TV SeriesMaya
Eye Candy2015TV SeriesAnn-Marie Halliday
NCIS2014TV SeriesKim Troutman
Family Weekend2013Emily Smith-Dungy
Underemployed2013TV SeriesPixie Dexter
Dirty Work2012TV SeriesBambi
Touch2012TV SeriesRed Dress
A Thousand Cuts2012Melanie
Drop Dead Diva2011TV SeriesMia Dalton
Greek2009-2011TV SeriesAbby
Apart2011/IEmily Gates
The Mentalist2010TV SeriesSam Starks
CSI: Miami2010TV SeriesAndrea Williams
Expecting Mary2010Mary
Flying By2009Ellie
Chuckle Boy2009ShortAssistant
Private Valentine: Blonde & Dangerous2008Private Petrovich
High School Musical 3: Senior Year2008Kelsi Nielsen
Forever Strong2008Emily's Friend
High School Musical 22007TV MovieKelsi Nielsen
The Dance2007/IBritney
American Pastime2007Cathy Reyes
Vampire Chicks with Chainsaws2006VideoSariah
High School Musical2006TV MovieKelsi Nielsen
Mobsters and Mormons2005Julie Jaymes
Urban Legends: Bloody Mary2005VideoMindy - Samantha's Friend #2
Halloweentown High2004TV MovieNatalie the Pink Troll
Everwood2004TV SeriesThe Drunk Girl
Touched by an Angel2002TV SeriesHigh School Student
The Poof Point2001TV MovieAnnie
Hounded2001TV MovieGirl #1


High School Musical 3: Senior Year2008performer: "A Night to Remember", "Just Wanna Be With You", "Last Chance"
High School Musical 22007TV Movie performer: "Work This Out", "You Are the Music In Me"
High School Musical2006TV Movie performer: "We're All In This Together"


Entertainment Tonight2009TV SeriesHerself
The Movie Loft2009TV SeriesHerself
HSM3: It's All in the Dress2009Video documentary shortHerself
HSM3: Prom - The Night of Nights2009Video documentary shortHerself
HSM2: In the Kitchen2008Video documentary shortHerself
High School Musical: Get in the Picture2008TV SeriesHerself
Disney 3652007-2008TV Series documentaryHerself
HSM2: Anatomy of a Dance Number2007Video documentary shortHerself
HSM2: Rehearsal Cam2007Video documentary shortHerself
High School Musical 2 Dance-Along2007TV MovieHerself
Hannah Montana DVD Game2007Video GameHerself

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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