I have a really good friend of mine who is really interested in learning to play video games with me. Her brother plays a lot and so do I and she feels like it might be something that she can at least talk to her brother about and give them more of a connection. Not to mention that she's interested in some of the games I talk about.
She's about 40 and use to really love the SNES back when that was a thing. She's seen me play stuff like Shadow of Mordor, From the Depths, and Dead Rising 3 and she enjoys it. She loves watching movies all the time. Her favorite genre is sci-fi and she also really loves big explosion action movies.
I think that I'll have to start out with something that requires a more of a simple control setup, probably 2D. I think a co-op game would help her retain interest and not get too frustrated/bored as well.
I know that this question gets asked sort of often, but I figured this was specific enough and with enough extra information that it warranted a post.