Olesya Rulin is a Russian actress. She is best known for playing Kelsi Nielsen in the "High School Musical" franchise.
Olesya Yurivna Rulin is not like many actresses her age for a number of reasons, but mostly because her career didn't begin to take off until she was roughly 20 years old. Born in Moscow on March 17, 1986, she spent the first several years of her life living in Likhoslavl before emigrating to the U.S. at age 8. During this time, she lived with her father in Texas before eventually moving to Utah.
By the time she was 12, Olesya's mother had encouraged her that she should try her hand at modeling. Such advice proved to pay off, as entering a model search competition wound up winning her representation from four separate agencies, sending both her modeling and early acting careers into hyperdrive. Of course, just because she began seeing career success, that didn't mean she stopped needing to earn a living in the down time. While working her first acting gigs on shows such as "Touched by an Angel" and "Everwood," she was also employed at stores such as Victoria's Secret and even working on her nursing assistant certification. In fact, when the first "High School Musical" aired, she still held her job at Nordstrom.
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As mentioned, Olesya went on to star in two more "High School Musical" films as the character of Kelsi Nielsen. Along with this, she has gone on to play substantial roles on series such as "Greek" and the Playstation Network series "Powers."
There is much more to the very lovely and talented Olesya than just her acting skills and good looks, too. For instance, having grown up in Russia, she is fluent in the language. She is also trained in ballet dancing and along with her singing plays piano quite well. Because of her many talents, there is no reason to believe she doesn't have a long and fruitful future ahead of her in Hollywood.