September 25, 2003 01:00 PM

Before Friends: Guest appearances on Beverly Hills, 90210, Growing Pains and Who’s the Boss?
Family Life: Dating fashion student Rachel Dunn
Best Friends Moment: Waking up in the same bed with Monica after Ross’s wedding
What’s next?: The Whole Ten Yards with Bruce Willis

Until two years ago, it was hard to read about Perry without encountering words like trouble, rehab, even car crash. Now the operative words are mature, hardworking – and happy. Perry, 34, who guest-starred on The West Wing in April, just wound up a London stage stint with Minnie Driver in Sexual Perversity in Chicago – and took time to root for old pal Jennifer Capriati at Wimbledon. He’s shooting a sequel to The Whole Nine Yards, his 2000 odd-couple guy movie. His romance with Rachel Dunn, whom he took to the private post-Emmy Friends party, is approaching the one-year mark. As for his up-and-down history, “he is completely past that,” says a friend, “and is looking and feeling terrific.”

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