Olesya Rulin, a Russian-American actress made her acting debut in 2001 at the age of 14 but got a breakthrough as Kelsi Nielsen in the High School Musical film franchise (2006, 2007, and 2008). Before full-time acting, Rulin was a certified nursing assistant and worked briefly in Victoria’s Secret and Nordstrom stores.
In addition to movie appearances, she grabbed TV attention as the recurring cast Abby in Greek (2009-11). Then, Olesya’s major TV success came in the main role as Calista Secor in Powers (2015- 16). Some of her notable on-screen works include Halloweentown High (2004, TV film), CSI: Miami, The Mentalist, and NCIS.
Olesya Rulin Is From Russia- How Old Is She?
Rulin was born on March 17, 1986, in Moscow, Russia. Her birth name is Olesya Yurevna Rulinkova. Raised in Likhoslavl along with her brother Daniil, Olesya’s family moved to Texas, the USA, at the age of 8. Later, they relocated to Utah.
Her father’s name is Yuriy Rulinsky, and her mother’s name is Natalia, with whom she is really close.
While in Utah, she attended West Jordan Middle School. Then, she enrolled in and graduated from West Jordan High School in 2005.
The 36-year-old actress holds dual nationality: Russian-American. She has a height of 5 feet 1-inch. Her eyes are green & has blond hair.
Who Is Olesya Rulin Married To? More On Husband & Relationship
The NCIS: Los Angeles actress currently lives in Los Angeles with her boyfriend-turned-husband Joseph Noel Pauline. Her beau is an entrepreneur and the co-founder& chief brand officer (CBO) of The Laundry Room. Mr. Pauline goes by the Instagram handle @joeypauline.
Reportedly, Olesya and Joseph married on November 11, 2021, but confirmed it a month later via Instagram on December 5. The wedding ceremony was held at Château du Sureau, in Oakhurst, California, with only 12 family members in attendance.
For sure, the couple leads a happy married life but are yet to open up about their courtship- when & how they began dating. Both of them are frequent mentions on each other’s Instagram.
Olesya Rulin is active on Instagram (@olesyarulin) as well as Twitter (@olesyarulin).
As for her past relationship, she previously dated Andrew Gray McDonnell. Moreover, there were dating rumors of her with actor Nico Tortorella in the mid-2010s, but never went official.
Does She Have Children?
Nearly 4 months after the wedding, the Greek actress confirmed her pregnancy with Joseph on March 2, 2022. Since then, Olesya went on a photoshoot spree with her baby bump on Instagram- her spouse too could resist sharing the adorable pictures too.
As per Olesya Rulin’s IG post of May 25, 2022, the upcoming baby is a girl with a due date in the 2022 summer.
Breakthrough From ‘High School Musical’ Franchise- What Role She Played?
Then-14 years old Olesya Rulin made her TV debut in 2001 in the TV films Hounded and The Poof Point. It followed her brief roles in the series Touched by an Angel, Everwood, and the movie Halloweentown High (2004).
She got wide fame after portraying Kelsi Nielsen in High School Musical (2006, TV film). Later, the Russian-American actress would work in further 2 films of the franchise: High School Musical 2 (2007) and High School Musical 3: Senior Year (2008).
The films starred Zac Efron, Vanessa Hudgens, and Lucas Grabeel in major roles.
Her other movie credits include Flying By (2009), Expecting Mary (2010), and Family Weekend (2013).
Was A Trained Ballerina and Nurse Before Acting
A trained ballet dancer and model Olesya Rulin competed in a model search contest at 12; it saw her representation from 4 different agencies. By the time of her mid-teenage, she saw an interest in acting. Moreover, Rulin worked as a certified nursing assistant for a year.
Additionally, she did jobs in Victoria’s Secret and Nordstrom stores- in fact, she worked there until her movie High School Musical was released.
Olesya Rulin Played Calista Secor In ‘Powers’- Reason For Cancellation
From 2009 to 2011, Olesya Rulin portrayed the recurring cast Abby in 10 episodes of the comedy-drama Greek. Moreover, she made guest appearances in CSI: Miami (2010), The Mentalist (2010), Dirty Work (2013), and NCIS (2014).
After that, Rulin played the main role of Calista Secor in Powers (2015-16) alongside Sharlto Copley, Susan Heyward, and Noah Taylor.
It was an adaptation of the Powers comic book series and ran through 2 seasons (20 episodes) before its cancellation. Though, the reason behind this remains unofficial- sources cite it could have been an internal issue or production budgets or so.
The series co-creator Brian Michael Bendis confirmed the cancelation of Powers via Twitter.
this is hard to tweet, but word is that @POWERStheSERIES is sadly, no more. season 2 was the last. at least for now. 1/2
— BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS (@BRIANMBENDIS) August 3, 2016
Other TV works of the actress include Family Guy (2017, voice-over), Devious Nanny (2018, TV film), SEAL Team (2019), and NCIS: Los Angeles (2020).
Net Worth and Salary In 2022
Olesya Rulin, who worked in High School Musical and Powers collected a decent sum along with fame. As of 2022, she has an estimated net worth of $1 million. Source alleges that Rulin took home a salary in the 6-digit figure per year from her on-screen projects- it totals around 38 acting credits.
Currently, as per IMDB, Rulin is working on her upcoming film Black Bags (post-production).
Along with acting, she earns through Instagram endorsements too- a paid partnership with Radley London (bag line) and Frame (clothing).
Moreover, Olesya often mentions many brands on the platforms as a part of sponsorships. It includes Zara, NAADAM, VERLAS (jewelry), Lack of Color Hats (hat line), Mango (clothing), Silk Laundry (clothing), African Botanics (skincare), and Chanel.
Her income for each sponsored Instagram post ranges from $676- $1,127.