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Accidental enchantment: Mike Ostroski finds a home in New Mexico through screen roles

Mike Ostroski wasn’t expecting to find a second home in the Land of Enchantment.

But he did.

And he’s grateful for being part of the New Mexico film industry family.

“I wasn’t expecting that chapter to happen,” he says. “I love coming back for projects.”

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After moving to New Mexico, Ostroski began to book roles in many of the New Mexico-made films.

He’s been in “Breaking Bad” and “Manhattan” and, most recently, “Shot Caller” with Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and Lifetime’s “New York Prison Break” with Penelope Ann Miller.

Not to mention that he’s appeared in “How to Get Away with Murder,” “The Middle,” “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” “The Muppets” and “Legends.”

His latest roles on Netflix’s “Fuller House” and Nickelodeon’s “Henry Danger” are big ones.

In “Henry Danger,” Ostroski plays Dr. Minyak – a role he’s tackled since 2014. The series is in its fourth season.

The series follows Henry Hart, who has a part-time job as Kid Danger, the sidekick to Captain Man.

Dr. Minyak is the villain.

“Dr. Minyak believes that he has potential to be the greatest super-villain of all time,” he says. “He’s trying to be a super-villain in small-town America.”

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Ostroski’s role is recurring and is a perfect fit for him.

“If you’re interested in working in the industry, TV is where it’s at,” he says. “Production lasts a long time, and as an actor, you hope for a recurring role.”

In “Fuller House,” Ostroski plays Mr. Byenburg in the third season, which is streaming on Netflix.

“Fuller House” is the sequel to the popular show “Full House,” which ran from 1987 through 1995.

The series centers on D.J. Tanner-Fuller, a veterinarian and widowed mother of three sons, whose sister Stephanie Tanner and best friend Kimmy Gibbler – along with her teenage daughter – live together at the Tanners’ childhood home in San Francisco.

“This was the first TV show I’ve done in front of a live studio audience,” he says. “I play the teacher who is having a midlife crisis. There’s a lot going on in his life. It was fun on so many levels. Whenever I wasn’t doing any scenes, I was watching the cast and crew. They are editing so fast because they are editing for the audience. It’s such a giant show.”

Getting a recurring role on “Fuller House” also came with some nerves.

“I was a fan of the original show,” he says. “When I got this audition, I just wanted to do it justice. This show has a place in pop culture. It’s a giant step.”

SEND ME YOUR TIPS: If you know of a movie filming in the state, or are curious about one, email film@abqjournal.com. Follow me on Twitter @agomezART.

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