Why are the two verbs in this sentence in different tenses? Why is one in the past tense “interviewed” and “working” in present tense?

-The actor interviewed by Frank is working on a project in Spain.

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There is no past tense of any kind in the sentence.

The only finite verb is is (in is working).

Interviewed is a participle, and is not tensed.

The form is confusingly often referred to as the "past participle", but it has no inherent "past" in its meaning. Consider:

He is being interviewed. (present).

He will be interviewed tomorrow. (future).

Everytime he lands in London he gets interviewed (habitual).

Interviewed by Frank is untensed - the event is probably in the past, but could be happening right now.

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