The actress briefly dated Hoffman in 1998, but the couple drifted apart as Dunst's career rocketed with the release of the web-slinging superhero movies.
She was romantically linked to a number of rockers, including British star Johnny Borrell, drummer Fabrizio Moretti and, most recently, Rilo Kiley's Jason Boesel, but insiders insist the actress has given up dating rock stars and wants someone more stable in her life.
A source tells the National Enquirer, "Kristen's career soared, but privately she was self-destructing. She dated a string of bad boys and her life spiralled out of control."
Dunst is now working to clean up her image after a stint in a rehabilitation centre in 2008, and she has now reconnected with 29-year-old Hoffman.
The pair was spotted cuddling at an event for New York's Tribeca Film Festival earlier this month (May10) and the actress has allegedly vowed to give up her penchant for partying to make her new relationship with clean-cut Hoffman work.
The insider adds, "Jake hardly drinks at all. Kirsten does best when she's with a strong, solid and level-headed guy, like Jake."