• Olesya Yurivna Rulin is an actress best known for her role in the "High School Musical" films.
• Her net worth is estimated to be around $1.2 million.
• She immigrated to the US at 8 years old and attended West Jordan High School.
• She has appeared in films such as "Flying By" and "Family Weekend".
• She has done charity work, including helping clean beaches and giving away her dresses for charity.

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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 Rulin was born on 17 March 1986, in Moscow, Russia, and is an actress, best known for being one of the stars of the three “High School Musical” films in which she played the role of Kesli Nielsen. She has also appeared in films such as “Flying By”, and “Family Weekend”.

The Riches of Olesya Rulin

How rich is Olesya Rulin? As of late-2019 her net worth is ~$1.2 million, earned through a career in acting. She’s also done various television projects over the course of her career, and as she continues her endeavors, it is expected that her wealth will also continue to increase.

Early Life and Career Beginnings

Olesya spent most of her childhood in Likhoslavi, a town in Tver Oblast, Russia. At eight years of age she immigrated to the United States to rejoin her father who had gone back a few years earlier. They resided in Texas and later went to Utah, where she initially attended Jordan Middle School and also trained in ballet. With the urging of her mother, she joined a model search contest and was successful, gaining representation with four agencies.

She also played the piano, and did numerous jobs before becoming an actress full time. She was a certified nursing assistant, serving in that role for a year and also worked for Victoria’s Secret as well as Nordstrom. She began her acting career in the film “High School Musical”, which is the most successful Disney Channel Original Movie ever produced, and its soundtrack the best-selling album in the US in 2006. During this time, she was still working part time in retail stores, and later matriculated from West Jordan High School.

Career Prominence

Rulin then moved to Paris to study economics, and that was when she started working on the sequel “High School Musical 2”, with the stars of the previous film including Zac Efron, Vanessa Hudgens and Ashley Tisdale all returned to reprise their respective roles. In 2008, all of them returned once more for “High School Musical 3: Senior Year”, which is the only film in the series to be released theatrically. She had much larger parts in the sequel films compared to the original, even having solo performances in both. Over the next few years, she worked on numerous other Disney Channel Original Films, such as “Halloweentown High” and “The Poof Point”, which is based on the children’s novel of the same name.

She then appeared in feature films outside Disney Channel, including “Forever Strong”, a sports film about a troubled rugby union player and based on a number of individual true stories. She also worked on the films “Mobsters and Mormons” and “The Dance”, followed by the film “Major Movie Star”, which was released in the US as “Private Valentine: Blonde & Dangerous”.

Later Projects

In 2009, Olesya starred alongside Heather Locklear and Billy Ray Cyrus in the film “Flying By”, a drama and the last film of Patricia Neal. The following year she starred in “Expecting Mary” alongside Linda Gray, Elliot Gould and Lainie Kazan, in the comedy drama film that premiered at the Palm Springs International Film Festival, and was directed by Dan Gordon. In 2013, she appeared in “Family Weekend” with Matthew Modine and Kristin Chenoweth.

The following year, she joined the PlayStation Network series “Powers”, which is an adaptation of the Marvel comic book series of the same name, released under their Icon Comics imprint. The project is the first venture of the PlayStation network into television programming, and it was renewed for a second season before being cancelled in 2016.

A few of her latest projects include guest appearances in “NCIS” and “The Night Shift”, which is a medical drama series on NBC, following the late night shift emergency room staff at the San Antonio Memorial Hospital. She also voiced a guest character in an episode of “Family Guy”, an animated series by Seth MacFarlane, exhibiting gags which often reflect American culture.

Personal Life

Rulin was previously in a relationship with model and actor Nico Tortorella but their relationship ended, and his photos on her social media accounts were deleted, though photos of her on his account could still be viewed. She has mentioned that she is a pescatarian, ie eats seafood but not meat. She is fluent in speaking, writing, and reading Russian. During her free time, she does a lot of charity work, and has been seen helping clean beaches. She has also spent time with dogs that don’t have homes, and has given away some of her dresses for charity.

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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